Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN

I really wanted to like Loveless Cafe. We drove all the way out to the outskirts of Nashville, fully expecting at least an hour long wait, for their “famous” Southern comfort food.

The motel-turned-cafe dates back to the 50’s, but has since changed owners several times and undergone renovations. Now the cafe is an entire complex, including their “hams and jams” gift shop, an antique store, and a bike store. Even with all the changes, most reviews we read still raved about the food.

A plate of their signature Biscuits and Preserves arrived right after we ordered our food. The preserves were all wonderful – I think they gave us peach, blackberry, and strawberry. We thought that the biscuits were just alright, especially given all the hype. They tasted almost a little chewy, like the dough had been overworked.

Matt ordered Scrambled Eggs with Fried Okra and Potatoes. The eggs had weird brown bits scattered throughout. Even as a vegetarian, Matt knows his eggs will be cooked on the same griddle as meat. All he asks is that they try to wipe it down a little.

Aside from the eggs, the potatoes were a little under seasoned. And I’ve given up on trying to judge fried okra because I think I just don’t like the stuff and that’s not their fault.

I decided on the Fried Chicken with Macaroni and Cheese and Turnip Greens. Everything was overcooked and under seasoned. Once I got past the chicken’s crispy crust, the rest was completely dry and borderline inedible. The macaroni and cheese was mushy, although that’s what I ate the most of (drowned in hot sauce, of course). The turnip greens tasted not seasoned at all, and adding salt at that point didn’t add much to the flavor. Sadness all around.

At least we had a great meal the night before!

Does anyone else get as bummed as I do when a restaurant doesn’t live up to its hype?

Loveless Cafe
8400 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221
Loveless Cafe on Urbanspoon

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  • Katie

    A love-less review for Loveless cafe. At least it lived up to its name, if not its hype.

    • Colleen

      very true!!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Bummer! It’s so disappointing to have a bad meal like this – especially when a restaurant has been hyped up. I’m sure there are more southern eats to enjoy! 

  • Simply Life

    ugh. I hate when I am disappointed in a restaurant’s meal!

  • Humbuck

    We’ve eaten there three times. When you arrive @ 11, you don’t expect dry fried chicken. But that’s what we got each time. I gave them 2 visits to make it right. All hype, no substance.

    • Colleen

      Good, I’m glad I’m not the only person who doesn’t like it!

  • FunandFearlessinBeantown

    Total bummer.  The biscuits look so good too!

  • Elizabeth

    The biscuits kinda look like they’d be mediocre. I get extremely bummed when a restaurant disappoints. 

  • Yummychunklet

    Oh, that’s upsetting that this place didn’t live up to the hype. At least you got great preserves.

  • Daisy

    dry fried chicken? such a BUMMER! the mac looks good but I can see why it was just mediocre at best.

  • Myetjj

    We too drove down from White House TN and found that the food did not live up to the hype.  I ordered some of their gravy to use over the biscuits.  I thought it was ok but nothing special.  Doubt we would make the trip again and might only visit if we were in the area.


  • sh77345

    It looks like you are a couple of years too late. The “Biscuit Lady” Carol Fay passed away a couple of years ago. I have heard that it has not been the same. She was a great personality and wouldn’t share her recipe. I am sorry your experience was so disappointing, but thank you for saving us from driving across Nashville to be disappointed.

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