Cheat Meal of the Week: The Loveless Cafe

06/09/2017
Joe Doino

Hot Biscuits, Country Ham

If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know that there are many men in history whom I respect and admire for their accomplishments and gifts towards humanity. I haven’t, yet, touched upon another reason to respect and admire someone.. their philosophies and principles. Some stand head and shoulders above the rest and even if you disagree, you simply can’t help but yearn to shake their hand. For me that list is extremely small, but when it comes to food, I can only think of one man… Ron Swanson. Bacon, eggs, steak and single malt scotch. Those are the best things on the planet and I feel like this week’s cheat meal would do the man proud, especially considering they never stop serving breakfast.

Lon and Annie Loveless

The Loveless Café

8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221  USA
Phone: +1.(615) 646-9700

Old cafe

I’ve been to the The Loveless Cafe only a couple of times and I’m pretty sure I’ll never leave disappointed. You pull onto the property and you’re slapped across the face like Grand-dad wielding a belt armed with the amazing smell of smoked pork which fills you with an almost schoolgirl-like giddiness in anticipation of the amazing food you’re about to eat.

Biscuits upon Biscuits

One of my favorite things about Loveless is the virtually never ending biscuits. From the moment you sit down they’re placed in front of you like little fluffy carb puffs brought to Earth by Jesus himself and they always bring more.

Biscuits

Maria S: biscuit maker

They’re warm, buttery, a little salty and come with the best preserves I’ve ever come across. And I’m not even a big fan of preserves/jelly.

Carb puffs of goodness

BBQ Pork

Last time I went with the sampler because I couldn’t decide.. but this time, the pork scented belt-slap outside chose for me and I ordered the “Pit-Cooked Pork BBQ and Eggs” without hesitation.

Pit-cooked BBQ Pork and Eggs

After crushing about three of those biscuits the platter showed up and I have to admit I was a little nervous. The plate comes with two eggs (I get ‘em over easy), two potato pancakes, the choice of grits or hash brown casserole, and one heaping chunk of pork covered in possibly the best BBQ sauce on the planet. The meat pulled apart effortlessly and is quite literally everything I’ve ever dreamed of when it comes to pork.

BBQ Pork

 

George H: Pit Master

 

The Keys of Great BBQ

The Sides

The sides… The hash brown casserole was incredible. I admittedly haven’t had it at many places but that stuff is addictive. I could’ve eaten about 10 more servings.

Hash Brown Casserole

Some people think it’s weird but I like to take the eggs and put them on top of the casserole so they get covered in the yolks when they run. It’s the best. Go ahead and judge me. I’m gonna live my life they way I want to.

Hash Brown Casserole

I also honestly didn’t know that the potato pancakes were there until I finished the pork. They were good, and probably better than usual because they were covered in bbq sauce and pork drippings (drool). By the time I finished everything I was ready to pass out right then and there.

Pancakes

I know Loveless used to be a motel and they should definitely consider taking one of the buildings and putting some cots in there for post-meal naps.

Old billboard

I doubt the owners have ever watched The Boondocks but they could take some serious notes from Robert Freeman and Ed Wuncler. If you’re unfamiliar, watch the episode called “The Itis” and you’ll understand.

Barn

The moral of the story boils down to a 4 things..
1. Eat at the Loveless Cafe whenever you can.
2. Watch The Boondocks.
3. If you own a soul food/southern food/meat and three/ BBQ joint – rent out cots afterward and charge people per 15 mins. You’ll make a killing.
4. Ron Swanson’s love of breakfast food should be understood and appreciated by all.

The Lawless Shop

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

MY BACKGROUND

I’m Joey, a New York drummer living in Nashville, playing with the band, Arc & Stones.

I LOVE FOOD! Right after college, I gained a lot of weight and hit a whopping 267 lbs. Terrified that I could hit 300 lbs before I hit 30 years, I decided to take control of the foods I was eating and started taking the fitness thing more seriously. I keep a very strict diet, making sure I hit my macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) each day. I hit the gym six days a week.

But once a week I cheat and treat myself. Food is one of my favorite things in life. This regime allows me to have my cheese-stuffed, deep-fried cake and eat it too. My column will focus on these indulgent treats.