Friday, June 18, 2010

Loveless Café

During our big spring road trip this year, our first stop was Nashville, Tennessee.I looked for historic restaurants we could visit and had to look no further than the Loveless Café.
The restaurant was first known as the Harpeth Valley Tea Room and was purchased by the Loveless family in 1951. The husband, Lon, ran the motel on site while his wife, Annie, whipped up homemade preserves and biscuits, catering to travelers along US Highway 100.
The Loveless Café has changed hands a few times over the years, but luckily their famous biscuit recipe has remained.
The motel ceased operations in 1985 and the site now features quaint shops and a Loveless Café Hams & Jams business.
In 2004 the restaurant closed for five months for renovations, bringing a new kitchen, new restrooms and additional seating.
The 1900s house you step into to enter the restaurant has a vintage screen door, which welcomes you in with style.
We were seated in a room off to the right of the hostess area, and were greeted right away by an efficient waitress with a southern accent. She brought our breakfast beverage order quickly and we asked for a couple more minutes to check over the menu.
Knowing the place was famous for biscuits, we made sure to order meals that included them, and they were the star of our dining experience. The surprisingly small, fluffy biscuits were perfectly warmed and accompanied by strawberry, blackberry and peach preserves. I went back and forth between the strawberry and blackberry while my husband raved about the peach.
Our bellies full, we headed outside for pictures and to visit the market store. We noticed a banner on the neon sign in memory of Carol Fay, "the biscuit lady", who we then realized we had seen on Throwdown with Bobby Flay several years ago.
We picked up some bacon as a souvenir of our stop in the market store and then set out for our next destination.

Loveless Café
8400 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221

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