Archive | July, 2010

Pied Piper Eatery: Breakfast + Lunch, But Not Brunch

11 Jul

Pied Piper Eatery

Pros: Serves breakfast all day, makes amazing veggie burgers, New Kids on the Block posters cover the ladies’ room walls.

Cons: Biscuits (with or without gravy) are only available before 11 a.m. on weekends, no booze, New Kids on the Block posters cover the ladies’ room walls.

Pied Piper Eatery is a funky little neighborhood diner with music-themed tables, nice servers, no wait. They’re flexitarian-friendly: You can get a decent veggie burger with someone who wants a real burger. The French toast is good, the pancakes are easier than making them yourself, the omelet menu gives you three add-ons for free and the gravy – on biscuits or real mashed potatoes with the skins – is delicious, the sort of Southern gravy with lots of milk and flour. I haven’t had a bad experience – it just doesn’t have the WOW! factor.

It’s the perfect place to go when you have family visiting who are used to what Ty calls “the ferns” – restaurants such as O’Charley’s, Chili’s, etc. – and you want to introduce them to something a little different, but not too out of the ordinary. There’s a large enough menu items that it pleases everyone, and like their creamery, the menu is laden with pop culture references (Jerry Garcia frito pie, the grilled cheese is called the Clay Aiken: nothing but cheese, you get the drift), which is always a fun topic of conversation.

I don’t go very often, and it’s definitely more a “breakfast” place as opposed to “brunch” – no fancy eggs bennie or artisan bacon, and I’m sure the lack of a liquor license eliminates it from most true brunch outings. But for a quick, tasty breakfast any time of the day – or a hearty lunch – I really can’t complain.

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Location: 1601 Riverside Dr., Nashville, TN 37216
(615) 228-2795