Hot!Loveless Cafe

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Netfeather
Junior Burger
2003/03/17 17:18:07
If you are anywhere near Nashville you HAVE to go to the Loveless Cafe for fried chicken. If you're near there but not hungry get an order to go and eat it later. Even cold, it's fantastic
Michael Stern
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/03/17 19:41:19
...and take some jars of peach preserves home with you, too
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/04/09 21:40:37
OK I need directions to this place. I have searched the board and it is mentioned in several posts, but without the "how to get there" from I-65 from the North?? Help Please.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/04/09 22:19:34
It's south of Nashville on Hwy 100. Hey Mayor, that's why we have maps!! Let's see some of that adventurous spirit you're known for!!
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/05/09 00:54:55
Dearfolk,
Tennessee Route 100 is the old Nashville-to-Memphis highway, before U. S. designations and waaaay before interstates. Route 100 turns off Charlotte Pike about 3 miles west of the new circumferential route, if I remember right. Follow 100 about 4 or 5 miles... nearly about to the county line... and it's there on your right, in the Pasquo community.
It is truly a not-to-be-missed place: it is to a country ham breakfast what Farley's Bar-BQ Pit in Ashland City is to meat-and-three home cooking (sigh!)... up there with Uncle Mort's on old U. S. 78 between Dora and Jasper, Alabama.
Waxing Nostalgically, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia.
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/05/20 14:27:17
I love breakfast at the Loveless (having been raised on country ham & biscuits), but their fried chicken would barely rank in the top 10 for the Nashville area. If you want good fried chicken, go a little further out Hwy 100 to the Beacon Light Tearoom. Their chicken is the real deal. And for the record, I would take the chicken at any of the following Nashville-area places over the Loveless: Beacon Light, Swett's, Monell's, Sylvan Park, Arnold's, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Silver Sands, Kleer-vu Lunchroom (Murfreesboro). And that's without even venturing into the "hot chicken" arena (Prince's, Mr. Boo's, Boltons, etc...). So, go to Loveless...for breakfast -- ham, biscuits & preserves. It's what they do best...
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/05/20 17:33:55
Dearfolk,
Those of you not from the South may not realize that some people actually eat fried chicken for breakfast! It's in fact on the breakfast menu at the local Gateway Cafe - hot or cold!
Does anyone in Nashville know if The Ranch House is still on Gallatin Road in Inglewood? It used to be run by Porter & Harvey, two schoolteachers who quit the classroom to go into the neighborhood cafe business. That was a gooood little place about 1985-86-87, when I lived up thataway.
Greetingly (Not Grittingly!), Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia.
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/05/20 17:52:10
Pork Chops make a great breakfast too... Ort, I can't find any current references to the Ranch House. I'll try to get over than direction to make sure, but I don't recall seeing any reference to it prior to yours, and I've been in Nashville continuously since 1988...
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/05/20 21:45:52
I seem to remember that Loveless DOES offer fried chicken as a breakfast item, but that you have to call ahead for that. It's been close to 2 years since I've had the privilege; am I remembering wrong?

pogo... I'll be through Nashville in July, and I will do my best to try one or two of your suggestions. Man, talk about bursting a guy's bubble....
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/05/21 10:32:24
Bushie,
If you try many of my suggestions in the same day you'll burst more than that...

Let me know what part of town you're going to be in and I'll give you more specific directions/recommendations if you like...
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/10/22 18:57:29
At the suggestion of pogophiles, I stopped at Mr. Boo's last Saturday. This isn't just a chicken, this is an experience! My first shock was the cost. Six dollars for one breast with attached wing. When I ordered it hot, the woman at the counter asked if I had been there before. "If not, perhaps you'd prefer medium or mild." I had it hot......It was hot. First off, this piece of chicken is huge. With most chicken being processed at 21 days of age, one forgets how big a full grown chicken is. Next, the color is red, as in cayenne pepper red. It looks as though it's coated in a 1/8 inch covering of red pepper. Did I mention this chicken is hot? It's hot. An hour later, I thought back to my first impression. Six bucks? Perfectly reasonable. Thanks, pogophiles...next stop, Prince's!
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2003/10/28 11:48:04
Glad you liked it PP! The medium is plenty hot for me. Be sure and give us a comparison with Prince's, I'd love to hear your comments!
dug
Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2004/12/05 01:59:39
hey there pogophiles,
what's up with the current loveless cafe?
have you visited there lately?
any other nashville treasures that come to mind?
thanks!
6star
Filet Mignon
RE: Loveless Cafe 2004/12/05 03:08:14
The website of the Loveless Cafe is: http://www.lovelesscafe.com/
Thank you, Michael (or Stephen), for correcting it
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/02 01:19:08
There are 144 threads on here that mention the Loveless Café in Nashville, but this one is the only one titled "Loveless Café".
I lived in Brentwood TN for 4 years and visit Franklin TN frequently since my daughter and her family live there but this past Friday was my first visit to the Loveless Café and I said to myself, "Why didn't you go there earlier, you dummy?"
Let me report that the place is alive & well and apparently prospering despite having been closed, sold and re-opened a while ago. On the Friday after Christmas, the wait for a table at 10:30 AM was 2 hours! Normally, I wouldn't wait that long at ANY restaurant, but I just had to find out what all the Hoopla was about. We spent the time browsing in the shops there, sampled some of the snacks and learned you can put the name Loveless Motel on practically ANY piece of saleable merchandise!
We were seated in about 1 hour and 45 minutes and it was worth the wait!
Here come the biscuits 1st thing out!
The biscuits were a surprise since I didn't expect them to be small and more like a roll in texture but that was not a bad thing. They were very good but just not what I expected. The Signature Jams & Preserves - OUTSTANDING. I ordered the Pit-Cooked Pork Barbeque & Eggs with Grits AND a side order of the Pimento Cheese with Fried Green Tomato Biscuits. It was a large helping of BBQ & Eggs OE. I took 1/2 the BBQ home with us along with some leftover biscuits and had that the next day.
My Bride had the Waffle loaded with Pecans Strawberries and Whipped Cream and couldn't finish it.
The server was great and friendly.
I won't wait another 33 years to go back again!  
 
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/01/02 09:15:49
buffetbuster
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/02 08:11:04
Foodbme-
Glad to hear you had such a good experience at Loveless Café.  I don't love everything they serve, but there is no denying how good those biscuits and jam are. 
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/02 08:35:39
Buffetbuster, I lived in Nashville for 10 years and was close enough to Loveless to have breakfast there on weekdays without a crowd.  When Donna McCabe sold the restaurant several years ago, the menu and recipes changed extensively and I don't think it was for the better.  If you'd been there before the sale, I think you would have loved most everything on the menu.  The restaurant didn't require any tinkering but the new owners had a field day doing it anyway.
post edited by MellowRoast - 2014/01/02 08:38:35
buffetbuster
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/02 08:43:00
MellowRoast-
I 100% agree.  My first meal there was in 2001 and it was clearly better then.  But, I still enjoy it now for what it is.
MetroplexJim
Sirloin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/02 08:52:25
Nashville is the overnight stop for our roadtrips from Dallas to McLean, VA.  We have visited the Loveless Cafe several times and have enjoyed their fried chicken and truly wonderful biscuits and jams. 
 
More than anything else, I enjoy their very Southern ambience, thankfully absent the loud-talkers, cacklers, and screeching children which have ruined many an otherwise fine meal here in Dallas.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/02 09:17:40
You're right MJ - It is a good example of a Southern Thang!
rexfullerupperville
Junior Burger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/05 23:29:10
Can anyone please post a google maps of Loveless Cafe? Thanks!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/06 00:19:01
rexfullerupperville
Can anyone please post a google maps of Loveless Cafe? Thanks!

Here's a thought!
Google "Loveless Café" YOURSELF
Click on their Web Site.
Copy their address.
Open MapQuest.
Post the address and click.
WHALLAH! There's your map AND the directions to the Loveless Café!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/06 00:19:29
rexfullerupperville

Can anyone please post a google maps of Loveless Cafe? Thanks!


http://www.lovelesscafe.com/visit/map-directions/
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/06 00:24:43
Michael Hoffman
rexfullerupperville
Can anyone please post a google maps of Loveless Cafe? Thanks!

http://www.lovelesscafe.com/visit/map-directions/

Michael,
You're getting soft in your old age!
Remember, The Lord helps those who help themselves!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/06 10:19:12
Now, now. I've always been willing to help the afflicted, and afflict the help.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/06 11:37:14
buffetbuster

Foodbme-
Glad to hear you had such a good experience at Loveless Café.  I don't love everything they serve, but there is no denying how good those biscuits and jam are. 

As a matter of fact, I've loved their peach preserves since my first visit in 1974, and I still order them.
buffetbuster
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/06 12:10:26
That front scoop

is Loveless Café Biscuits and Peach Jam ice cream from Jeni's in Nashville.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/06 13:54:30
Oh, my. Oh, my.
RKB
Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/01/08 11:02:06
I wish that I had had the time to better plan my last trip through Tennessee. I stayed in Brentwood, just a few miles from the Loveless, and did not know that it existed. However, I did get to Gus's chicken so it wasn't a total loss. Next time, for sure.
Bill
Davidsanders
Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/04/04 01:04:49
The Loveless was one of the first Roadfood restaurants I went to. It's absolutely fantastic. Probably the best fried chicken and biscuits I've ever had.
kevincad
Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2014/04/04 11:59:30
Ort. Carlton.

Dearfolk,
Those of you not from the South may not realize that some people actually eat fried chicken for breakfast! It's in fact on the breakfast menu at the local Gateway Cafe - hot or cold!
Does anyone in Nashville know if The Ranch House is still on Gallatin Road in Inglewood? It used to be run by Porter & Harvey, two schoolteachers who quit the classroom to go into the neighborhood cafe business. That was a gooood little place about 1985-86-87, when I lived up thataway.
Greetingly (Not Grittingly!), Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia.

 
You bet! There's not much better breakfast than chicken and waffles!!
TJ Jackson
Sirloin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/07/30 18:16:46
After over a decade of wanting to get there, I finally did yesterday
 
I thought the food was solidly good, not great, but the biscuits were every bit worthy of my lofty expectations - the best biscuits I have ever had
 

clockwise from 9 o'clock - country ham, fried chicken thigh, sausage patties, sausage gravy, redeye gravy, a pair of over easy eggs, and hash brown casserole. Barely visible in the upper left is my youngest's french toast
 
I am sure they could have put some more food on that plate, there was still some space
 
We will absolutely be back if we are anywhere near this area
 
My recommendation as a single-visit 'veteran' - If you go, make sure you ask for extra jam with your biscuits as they are very stingy with that - cough medicine cup sized portions, barely enough for one biscuit each
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2016/07/31 15:17:42
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/07/30 18:22:56
Looks good. No, looks great.
lleechef
Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/07/30 18:46:29
Yay TJ!!  You finally made it!  We were there for Glee Club a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Since we were a large group, the food was served family style........with plenty of jam to go with those delicious biscuits!  I loved everything but especially their hash brown casserole!!!   But I bet you didn't wear an Hawaiian shirt like we all did. 
 
post edited by lleechef - 2016/07/30 18:48:46
Root-Beer Man
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/07/30 21:12:22
I'd certainly eat that plate of food! Man, I am going to have to get there one of these days. My wife made it there last year on a beer judging trip and raved about it. Even brought back some small jars of the jam. Good stuff!
phlmaestro
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/07/30 21:23:44
Glad you made it and thanks for the photo. I finally went there after a similarly long wait last year.
TJ Jackson
Sirloin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/07/31 15:11:12
I should have gotten a photo of the biscuits, but the one in the Loveless RF review looks pretty much like what we got......note the tiny medicine cups of jam, you'll want a LOT more
 

 
From left to right - strawberry (my kids fave), blackberry (my fave) and peach
 
Also, as many others have said previously, the hashbrowns casserole was a standout
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2016/07/31 15:12:43
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/07/31 15:25:16
I haven't been back to the Loveless in a couple of years, but I ate there frequently when I was in law school in the late 1970s (before they expanded the restaurant).  The biscuits were and are the biggest draw.  They didn't used to be so stingy with the preserves, though -- you used to get a big saucer of each.
scrumptiouschef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/01 12:29:11
Ort. Carlton.
Dearfolk,
Those of you not from the South may not realize that some people actually eat fried chicken for breakfast! It's in fact on the breakfast menu at the local Gateway Cafe - hot or cold!
Does anyone in Nashville know if The Ranch House is still on Gallatin Road in Inglewood? It used to be run by Porter & Harvey, two schoolteachers who quit the classroom to go into the neighborhood cafe business. That was a gooood little place about 1985-86-87, when I lived up thataway.
Greetingly (Not Grittingly!), Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia.

We ate fried chicken, fried eggs, grits and biscuits for breakfast on a regular basis. Growing up in Kentucky it just came natural.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/02 07:58:21
Love the atmosphere of the Loveless, it's very iconic . The food was fine too although I'll admit it's not my favorite Roadfood destination in Nashville. I'll be visiting Nashville twice over the next two years. I'll be solo next year so I won't  be stopping at the Loveless since I'll have hot chicken and hot fish on the brain. I do plan to visit though in 2018 when Sandra will be accompanying me on our cross country drive.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/02 11:50:43
wanderingjew
Love the atmosphere of the Loveless, it's very iconic . The food was fine too although I'll admit it's not my favorite Roadfood destination in Nashville. I'll be visiting Nashville twice over the next two years. I'll be solo next year so I won't  be stopping at the Loveless since I'll have hot chicken and hot fish on the brain. I do plan to visit though in 2018 when Sandra will be accompanying me on our cross country drive.




What time is your reservation?  
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/02 11:58:05
ChiTownDiner
wanderingjew
Love the atmosphere of the Loveless, it's very iconic . The food was fine too although I'll admit it's not my favorite Roadfood destination in Nashville. I'll be visiting Nashville twice over the next two years. I'll be solo next year so I won't  be stopping at the Loveless since I'll have hot chicken and hot fish on the brain. I do plan to visit though in 2018 when Sandra will be accompanying me on our cross country drive.




What time is your reservation?  




Would you like to join us?
 
I wish I could be like "everyone else"  and travel to Nashville every other month?
TJ Jackson
Sirloin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/02 13:35:50
every other decade for me, so far
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/02 13:42:24
I loved it the only time I went. I had lunch that day at The Blue Willow Inn so you can imagine I slept like a baby.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/02 13:47:27
TJ Jackson
 
every other decade for me, so far



it runs about every 5 years or so for me in some cases longer.
I'll be visiting Kentucky later this month for the first time in 9 years.
I haven't been to Dallas TX since 2005- my visit next year will be the first in 12 years.
And although I haven't been to Denver, Salt Lake or any of the Rocky Mountain states since 2009 there are no plans in the immediate or far future for me to do so.
Meanwhile there are others on the forum who have been to these places once, twice three or sometimes more times a year. If that were the case for me I wouldn't even think about where I was going until I got there.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2016/08/02 14:33:10
pimple2
Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/05 21:25:07
http://lovelesscafe.com/recipes/hashbrown-casserole
 
Found this after reading the posts.
 
It is very similar to a casserole i had been searching for, for a long time. So, THANKS to all who made it possible.
 
http://store.lovelesscafe.com/category/loveless-best-sellers
 
The jams are $10/lb + postage/handling. Worth it?
 
Loveless Cafe Cookbook written by Jane & Michael Stern!! Any thoughts?
Root-Beer Man
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/06 11:36:01
Their jams are really good. My wife brought home a couple of samplers with peach and blackberry and they were great. I wouldn't hesitate to put out $10 for a 16oz jar. They have no crap in them like so many commercial jams and jellies do.
lleechef
Porterhouse
RE: Loveless Cafe 2016/08/06 13:34:49
I have the cookbook "Southern Country Cooking from the Loveless Café" by the Sterns.  Everything is in there, even the blackberry, strawberry and peach preserves, except the biscuit recipe.  They're not giving that one away.