Brunch is the best of both worlds: the sweet and savory choices of breakfast and lunch with the timestamp of early afternoon. If mornings aren't your cup of tea, opt to sleep in and then hit up some of these Made in Tennessee dining destinations. It's brunch done right:
The Row – Nashville
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Roll out of bed and greet the day with three buttermilk pancakes topped with bananas and chocolate chips with syrup and whipped butter, a quinoa veggie burger topped with fresh kale and tomato jam with fries, and the Southern classic chicken and biscuits smothers in country gravy. Accent your choices with a Grand Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
The Tomato Head – Knoxville
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Saturdays and Sundays just got tastier at this locally-sourced eatery serving up some serious brunch with breakfast burritos like the Fernando: scrambled eggs, chorizo (or tofu), spinach, pineapple and jalapeno peppers all topped with spicy apple salsa and chipotle crema. Order a breakfast egg roll (pizza dough wrapped around scrambled eggs and Benton's bacon) and some Monkey Bread with vanilla cream cheese. Yes, please!
Milk & Honey – Chattanooga
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Start a day of outdoor adventure in Chattanooga with a the S.O.S (sausage, spinach, onions and shallots, poached egg, onion spread and white and cheddar cheese all on a scrumptious ciabatta roll) or put some Tennessee in your mouth with the TN Ham & Apple: Benton's Country Ham, apple slices, yellow cheddar slathered with honey mustard on a sourdough roll.
Biscuit Love – Nashville
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If you want biscuits, why not go to the place where it's their specialty? Start the day with their Bonuts (biscuit dough stuffed with lemon mascarpone and topped with blueberry compote) and the Southern Benny: a biscuit topped with country ham, two fried eggs and dressed with sausage gravy. Compliment your meal with a mimosa or The Bloody (their take on a Bloody Mary), beer or Americano or espresso coffee.
Beauty Shop – Memphis
This '50s-style beauty shop (where Priscilla Presley previously got her hair done) has been converted to one of the hippest restaurants in town. Served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, brunch can start off with beignets with preserves and mimosas followed by a grilled steak salad, egg pizzette with cotija, black beans and avocado, and the signature Beauty Burger with provolone, blue cheese and cheddar. Top with bacon, avocado and egg for a delicious addition.
Pancake Pantry – Gatlinburg
The first pancake house in Tennessee has been serving up fluffy pancakes of all types of varieties since 1960. Choices abound with the Sugar ‘N Spice Pancakes made with cinnamon, sweet spices, and served with applesauce and cinnamon cream, Banana Pineapple Triumph (banana wedges rolled up in pancakes and topped with pineapple syrup) or the Smoky Mountain buckwheat cakes served with syrup and whipped butter.
Cafe Lola – Johnson City
Order an Unlimited Bellini or Mimosa and start brunch off with a bang with Lola's Mac and Cheese that has three cheeses and is topped with crispy shallots, a toasted goat cheese salad with candied walnuts and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette, a breakfast panini with scrambled eggs, bacon, lettuce and Muenster cheese, and the classic egg benedict.
Gray's on Main – Franklin
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The pharmaceutical landmark for more than 65 years on Franklin's Historic Main Street is now a culinary dream, serving up handcrafted dishes and cocktails. Spend a leisure Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a smoked salmon sandwich, banana nut French toast, shrimp and grits with hashbrowns and country ham. Enjoy these tasty selections with a seasonal cocktail or signature crafted drink.
The Cooke House – Cookeville
This establishment in downtown Cookeville serves up brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Get a fresh take on traditional brunch choices like chicken Monterey omelets, fried green tomato eggs benedict sandwich or the Bigscuit plate (a large biscuit with strawberry compote and bacon gravy).
Blind Bear – Memphis
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Have a breakfast shot (Jameson and butterscotch Schnapps with orange juice and finished with bacon) and then sit down to a delicious brunch 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with a breakfast burrito, chicken and waffles, omelets, or the Crawfish Mac (crawfish, asparagus, and pepper jack mac and cheese). The ingredients are fresh and the dishes are plenty. It's the brunch spot you don't want to miss.