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Elliston Place Soda Shop

2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN - (615) 327-1090
Posted By Brent Kulman on 12/18/2005 10:44:00 PM
Until recently, I hadn't been to Elliston Place for many years, and I did have fond memories. So it is with much disappointment that I have to report about the very ordinary ham and egg biscuit and less than mediocre service I experienced on a recent visit.

The biscuit on the Roadfood webpage bears about as much resemblance to the one I got as those photos in the fast food joints compare to the actual food one receives. To me a biscuit should be light and airy, but still buttery and flavorful. In order to combine those virtues, they need to be fresh. I cannot say whether the Elliston Place biscuit I was served was fresh or not, but it was very ordinary. Unlike the photo, my ham and egg biscuit only featured one slice of ham. And it sure didn't taste like country ham, which I thought I would be getting. On the plus side, the egg was well cooked.

My waiter managed to screw up an order for a cup of coffee and a ham and egg biscuit, bringing out only a ham biscuit. Normally, when an error is made, the correction takes place almost immediately. After all, how long does it take to fry an egg, particularly when at 7:00 AM, there are only two other tables occupied in the restaurant? If 10-15 minutes sounds about right to you, then you would have been happily satisfied.

I'll give Elliston Place another shot someday, as I do have good memories and any place can have an off day. But to me, a ham and egg biscuit is 85% about the biscuit and 10% about the ham, and I was disappointed on both of those fronts.

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Streaks of cloud-light meringue make this very rich banana pudding paradoxically lightweight.
"Streaks of cloud-light meringue make this very rich banana pudding paradoxically lightweight. "
Michael Stern





Fans of Elliston Place had a scare in 2011 when it almost went out of business, but an agreement was reached with the landlord for a 5-year reprieve.
"Fans of Elliston Place had a scare in 2011 when it almost went out of business, but an agreement was reached with the landlord for a 5-year reprieve."
Michael Stern


Country ham, grits, biscuits, and eggs:  here is breakfast sure to get you whistling 'Dixie.'
"Country ham, grits, biscuits, and eggs: here is breakfast sure to get you whistling 'Dixie.'"
Michael Stern


In the world of 'breakfast sandwiches,' this country ham and egg on a buttermilk biscuit is king. Note that there is a slab of ham both above and below the egg.
"In the world of 'breakfast sandwiches,' this country ham and egg on a buttermilk biscuit is king. Note that there is a slab of ham both above and below the egg."
Michael Stern


Artifice exalted: Key lime icebox pie. There is no better denoument for a meal of salty country ham.
"Artifice exalted: Key lime icebox pie. There is no better denoument for a meal of salty country ham."
Michael Stern


We love the interior of the Elliston Place Soda Shop, with its tiny-tile checked floor, vintage counter, and nostalgic signs touting favorite soda fountain specialties.  Among the decorative charms is a 'stereophonic' juke box at every booth.
"We love the interior of the Elliston Place Soda Shop, with its tiny-tile checked floor, vintage counter, and nostalgic signs touting favorite soda fountain specialties. Among the decorative charms is a 'stereophonic' juke box at every booth."
Michael Stern


Note the tiny-tile floor and vintage upholstery.  Elliston Place is genuine Americana.
"Note the tiny-tile floor and vintage upholstery. Elliston Place is genuine Americana."
Michael Stern


This is an interior picture of the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN.
"This is an interior picture of the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN."
BEARLEY


Below this handsome sign is one of the Music City's premier cafes.
"Below this handsome sign is one of the Music City's premier cafes."
Michael Stern


Oh, yeah!
"Oh, yeah!"
Michael Stern


10am: a pan of banana pudding, still warm from the oven
"10am: a pan of banana pudding, still warm from the oven"
Michael Stern



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