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Elliston Place Soda Shop

2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN - (615) 327-1090
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/16/2011 6:40:00 AM
Little changed since it opened over sixty years ago, Elliston Place is a soda shop and much, much more. Yes, you can get wonderful milk shakes, malts, and sundaes, but this is one of the best opportunities in Nashville to enjoy the ritual midday meal known as “meat and three.” Choose sugar-cured ham, salt-cured country ham, southern-fried chicken (white or dark meat), a pork chop or liver 'n' onions, then select three vegetables from a daily roster of at least a dozen. Or if you want to skip the meat altogether (Elliston Place vegetables are so good, you might just consider such a strategy), there is a four-vegetable plate, accompanied by hot bread, for about three dollars. The vegetable repertoire includes whipped potatoes, turnip greens, baked squash, fried bite-size rounds of okra, black-eyed peas, baked squash, and congealed salad (the local name for Jell-O).

For dessert, if you can resist a banana split, there is silk-smooth chess pie or a frosty wedge of the simple and nearly breathtaking Dixie classic, lemon icebox pie.

Breakfast at the Elliston Place Soda Shop is terrific. Great biscuits are a given, and the country ham is superb. Many apparently blasé locals ignore the ham and choose fried balogna as their meat of choice!

A handsome, well-weathered place: green upholstered booths, red and white décor, and a crisp-outlined tile floor. Tables are equipped with their own juke boxes, and the musical selections are, suitably enough, country classics.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Banana Pudding
Key Lime Icebox Pie
country ham
Key Lime Icebox Pie
chess pie
biscuits
Ham & Egg Biscuit
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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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