New Orleans-style fare and custom choppers wouldnt seem to pair well, but somehow Wild Bill brings it all together at his downtown location, where exposed brick walls and shiny chrome set a motley stage for coffee, hot dogs, and beignets made from Café du Monde's famous recipe. Part motorcycle museum, part coffee shop, Wild Bills hints at the off-beat offspring of a Hard Rock Café and a Starbucks.
Little has changed at the Elliston Place Soda Shop—Nashville’s oldest continuously operating restaurant in the same location—since it was opened by Lynn Chandler in 1939. (He has since sold it.) The fountain and grill serve up a typical pharmacy/soda shop menu of breakfast, burgers and fries, sundaes, shakes and banana splits; the kitchen serves up a daily changing repast of meat-and-three. No smoking.
One of Nashville’s most enduring meat-and-threes, the Pie Wagon originally opened in 1922 in a trolley wagon behind what was then the main post office (now home to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts). In 1979, it moved to 12th Avenue South. Carol Babb bought the business in 1990 and has since built a loyal clientele, recently relocating around the corner to Division Street, where the restaurant continues to serve meat-and-three classics, along with hot chicken on Tuesdays and low-carb selections for the health-conscious.