The Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee is definitely one of the best home cooking restaurants around and I am certainly not the only person who feels that way. Ask the hundreds and hundreds of customers each day. The Loveless Cafe is also a good place where you might see some celebrities, but the food is really the main attraction.
Located just about 22 miles from downtown Nashville, The Loveless Cafe serves down home, old fashioned from scratch southern cooking…country hams, fried chicken, red-eye gravy, homemade preserves, sweet corn…you name a southern dish and you will probably find it on the menu.
The cafe opened in 1951 in the same location where it is today. The interior of the original owner’s family home was turned into a dining room and kitchen. The menu has remained virtually the same with the most popular item being the homemade biscuits. The secret recipe for the biscuits has been passed down through the years.
The Loveless Cafe has a personality of its own… a friendly staff, no “big city” prices and as many of the hot biscuits as you want. And…if you are still hungry, there is always a slice of homemade pie!
Monday… Chicken-Fried Chicken n’ Gravy
Tuesday… BBQ Chicken
Wednesday… Chicken n’ Dumplings
Saturday…Honey-Fired BBQ Chicken
Sunday…Smoked Beef Brisket
*Subject to Change
Daily specials often sell out before the day is over so make sure you get here early!
A Recipe from The Loveless Cafe…
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 green peppers, cut into strips
1/2 cup (one stick) butter
2 pounds round steak, cut into 8 pieces
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can (16-ounce) chopped tomatoes
1 beef bouillon cube, crushed
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Saute the onion and green peppers in the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are tender; drain. Remove the vegetables to a bowl. Arrange the meat in the pan drippings in the skillet. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Cook until the meat is brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Combine the tomatoes and crushed bouillon and pour over the meat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Whisk together the cornstarch, water, soy sauce, sugar, and salt and add to the tomato mixture. Cook until the tomato mixture is thickened and the meat is tender. Stir in the onion and green peppers and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.
***Makes 8 servings
The Loveless Cafe is located at:
8400 Highway 100-22 miles from Nashville, Tennessee
Hours of Operation:
Open daily from 7:00 am-9:00 pm