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Planning a family trip to Nashville, Tennessee? Are you looking for delicious restaurants that you and your kids will love? Nashville is full of bars, restaurants, and honkytonks that adults will love, but not all of them are appropriate for kids. To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the 7 best places to eat in Nashville with kids.
#1: Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom is a funky pizza joint that appeals to college kids and families alike. The interior gives off cool vibes, while the pizzas are delicious with bold flavors and unique combinations.
You can’t go wrong eating with your kids at Mellow Mushroom, regardless of their ages. There is something on the menu for everyone, from traditional pepperoni to more adventure choices. To see all the options, check out the menu.
The Nashville location is located in the heart of Broadway, right in the middle of all the action! Your teens and tweens will love the location as much as the food.
Mellow Mushroom is my son’s all-time favorite restaurant in any location. Anytime we travel to a city that has one, he insists on eating there. We have been to 6 different locations in 4 different states and have never been disappointed.
#2: Elliston Place Soda Shop
The Elliston Place Soda Shop is an old-fashioned soda shop and diner that has been in business since 1939. They are serving up all of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites.
The menu is full of classic Southern comfort food, like fried chicken, pot roast, meatloaf, and grilled cheese. You will also find burgers, hot dogs, and patty melts. And you can get your choice of hand dipped shakes or malts to wash it all down.
They also have banana splits, sundaes, and all kinds of ice cream treats.
Your kids will get a kick out of eating at this old school restaurant while you enjoy soaking up the memories of your youth.
You will find Elliston Place Soda Shop at 2105 Elliston Place, a little side street not too far from Centennial Park.
#3: Parlor Doughnuts
Next up on my list of the best places to eat in Nashville with kids is Parlor Doughnuts. This is one of the best doughnuts shops in the Music City.
I have to admit: we only found this one by accident. We stumbled upon it one morning and decided to try it out. And I’m so glad we did! Their doughnuts are so good!
Parlor Doughnuts is unique in that they make “layered doughnuts” instead of traditional cake or yeast doughnuts. Additionally, they make them in small batches, so you are guaranteed to get fresh doughnuts every time you walk in.
They offer approximately 20 different flavors, including seasonal favorites. Some of the most popular choices are churro, maple bacon, strawberry shortcake, and turtle cheesecake. You will also find vegan, keto, and gluten-friendly doughnuts. Check out all the flavors here.
These doughnuts are so yummy and are packed with flavor! You will not be disappointed with anything you choose!
There are actually 2 locations in Nashville: one on West End Avenue and one on Rep. John Lewis Way S.
#4: Pfunky Griddle
One of the most fun restaurants in Nashville is Pfunky Griddle! This is the perfect place to take your kids for breakfast if they love pancakes.
This unique restaurant is what you get when you combine breakfast with a hibachi grill. Basically, every table has a griddle in the middle of it. This allows you to cook your own pancakes right at your table!
When you order pancakes, you can choose one topping to go with them. The options include a variety of fruits, nuts, Oreos, candy, chocolate chips, and more.
The menu also includes French toast, biscuits, bacon, eggs, sausage, and more. They also have make your own grilled cheese sandwiches.
Kids will love the novelty of this restaurant.
Pfunky Griddle is located on Bransford Avenue, not too far from the Nashville Zoo.
#5: Biscuit Love
Another breakfast restaurant on my list of the best places to eat in Nashville with kids is Biscuit Love. There are actually a few locations around Nashville.
As you might imagine, biscuits are the stars of the shows here. Their menu features breakfast sandwiches on biscuits with chicken, sausage, ham, eggs, and cheese. They also have biscuits and gravy and chicken and waffles (made with biscuit dough).
Additionally, they have oatmeal, granola, and shrimp and grits. Their kids’ menu includes waffles, French toast, eggs, and grilled ham and cheese.
While most of the items on the menu are pretty classic breakfast options, they put their own twist on the dishes. The food here is delicious and the biscuits are wonderful, flaky, and fresh.
#6: Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar
Normally, I would not include a restaurant/bar from Broadway on a list of the best places to eat in Nashville with kids. But, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar turned out to be my son’s favorite restaurant that we ate at during our time in Nashville.
We ate here one day for lunch after the restaurant we wanted to try was closed. I really didn’t think my son would like it. But, I was so wrong! My picky son thought the food here was some of the best he’d ever eaten!
So, while the atmosphere of this restaurant is more sophisticated than you would expect from a kid-friendly place, the food here is wonderful for adults and kids.
If you are looking for a place to eat on Broadway to get the full Nashville experience, but have your kids with you, this is an excellent choice.
#7: Maple Street Biscuit Company
The last restaurant on my list is Maple Street Biscuit Company. This is another breakfast joint with many locations throughout the South. While we didn’t eat at the Nashville location, we did eat at the Chattanooga location. And this is, by far, one of the best breakfast places I have ever tried.
The Maple Street Biscuit Company serves breakfast and lunch in a relaxed, grandma’s kitchen-type environment. This is a place where you and your kids will feel comfortable hanging out and enjoying a yummy breakfast and a slow start to your day.
This is one of those places where I will go out of my way to eat at whenever we travel to a city that has one. I highly recommend trying this place for breakfast.
The menu is full of breakfast sandwiches on biscuits that are big enough to need a fork and knife to eat. They also have some of the best hash browns I have ever tasted! The dishes are full of handmade biscuits and some of the freshest ingredients around. You can check out the full menu here.
There are a ton of places to eat in Nashville. But, not all of them are family-friendly. This list of the best places to eat in Nashville with kids will help you find the perfect restaurants for your family during your trip to the Music City. Enjoy your trip to Nashville!
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