Nashville's Best Homestyle Restaurants, Perfect for Winter Meals

Nashville loves its comfort food, and it doesn't matter if its 90 and humid or 30 and snowy. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and hearty mac-and-cheese are always appropriate options for lunch, and dinner if you can get it. Of course, many of our favorite homestyle restaurants are only open during the day, so lunch is usually when we get our fill of local favorites. Arnold's Country Kitchen is one such lunch spot, and as a James Beard Foundation America's Classics Award winner, a must-eat spot in town. Grab a tray, get in line, and pick your favorites from fried catfish and brisket to bacon-y green beans. All it takes to get to Loveless Cafe is a bit of a drive and a craving for their world-famous biscuits. Monell's has locations all over the city, which makes it easy to get a plate of their food no matter if you are in Germantown or Gallatin. From Puckett's and their perfect fried green tomato BLTs and delicious pies, to Rotier's and their rich hashbrown casserole, you could eat at a comforting new place every day of the month and never be at the same table twice.



Sunday brunch is a bountiful buffet but they are known for their delicious omelets made to order and mimosas. They also have a carving station, smoked salmon, biscuits and gravy, and fresh fruits and pastries. During the week, they offer a...  Read More



Puckett's in Leiper's Fork is not an artificial cafeteria for tourists, but an institution. Founded by the Puckett family in the 1950s, it served as a country store to several communities in Williamson County. From fresh groceries and a good...  Read More



Located in the back of a liquor store, this meat and three features breakfast all day, homemade desserts like strawberry shortcake and blackberry cobbler, and true Southern decor. Fresh turnip greens, excellent sandwiches, and an array of...  Read More



Lines still form right before doors open at Kleer-Vu, one of the few spots where you can find honest-to-goodness soul food, including chitterlings and pig's feet. Roots author Alex Haley once said he's prefer a meal at Kleer-Vu over the...  Read More

Elliston Place
Rotier's Restaurant
Photo courtesy of


Located on trendy Elliston Place, Rotier's is Nashville's number one spot for an unbeatable burger and fries. John and Evelyn Rotier started the restaurant after WWII in 1945, and the building was originally a carriage house for the Elliston...  Read More

Swett's Restaurant


Swett's began as a tavern in 1920, but turned to the meat-and-three scene in 1954. The family-owned business is proud of the diversity of its clientele. Recipes at Swett's are never written down, ensuring a different experience every time you...  Read More



After two years in business, The Nashville Biscuit House has found a big base of East Side love thanks to their commitment to consistently serving up solid breakfast dishes and tasty meat-and-three options for lunch. They're only open until...  Read More



Monell's occupies an historic Victorian house in Germantown. Dining is communal, and long wooden tables and an all-you-eat menu (choices of entree, vegetables, breads, and desserts) set the scene. Simply ask fellow diners to pass around the...  Read More



On the red walls of this meat 'n three are signed portraits of famous Nashvillians who frequent the place, including the Dixie Chicks and local sports columnist Joe Biddle. Meats include fried chicken, pork chops, fish, and beef; sides include...  Read More



Nashvillians absolutely love Loveless Cafe. It's the perfect spot for a heavenly, home-cooked breakfast or dinner. Known for their Southern specialties made from scratch, including fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, pit-cooked pork,...  Read More


Meet Hollie Deese

Hollie Deese is a Nashville-based writer who has spent the past 10 years falling in love with the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City. Hollie has 15 years experience as a writer and...  More About Hollie