Nothing but Sky Blue, From Now On
I wake up on Sunday mornings with one thing on my mind: combining two meals’ worth of calories into one glorious spread of eggs, pancakes, biscuits and home fries, topped with maple syrup and strawberry jam. I don’t waste my time with cold cereal on Sundays, because I’m hungry for so much more. I’m on the hunt for brunch, and my favorite place to find it is at Sky Blue Cafe in East Nashville.
Located in the historic Edgefield neighborhood, Sky Blue Cafe’s quaint, shabby chic interior includes just enough space to make the restaurant feel homey, but not enough room to hold the long wait list of sleepy eyed patrons who gather outside on the corner of 7th and Fatherland. Lucky for latecomers, Sky Blue offers a full coffee bar of caffeinated beverages available for purchase while you patiently postpone your order until the early birds have finished their bacon and eggs. Enjoy a hot cup of Drew’s Brews coffee served in a mug from the restaurant’s collection of eclectic mismatched china or a fancy espresso drink like a honey vanilla flavored latte.
Once seated, I’m always distracted by the box of Trivial Pursuit cards that sits on my table. A friendly competition among your brunch bunch is the perfect way to sidetrack your hunger and pass time while waiting on food. My favorite version is the 1980s edition, which I completely dominate (when in doubt, the answer is probably Ronald Reagan).
Though I’ve studied the menu multiple times, I always need more time to decide what to order. You can’t blame a girl for having trouble choosing between the Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast Pancakes and the Mediterranean Omelet with spinach, tomato, kalamata olives and feta. To add to my dilemma, there is always a list of tempting chalkboard specials like Granola Pancakes, the Pimento Burger and Monkey Bread. It’s always best to contemplate my next move over a bloody mary or mimosa, both on Sky Blue’s bar menu.
Sky Blue’s menu includes every traditional breakfast offering you can imagine —sometimes all in one dish — like the Waf-co, a hand-held waffle filled with scrambled eggs, Colby Jack and bacon with syrup or gravy for dipping. (Is it swimsuit season yet?) Or, there’s the Croque Madame, a ham and Swiss sandwich made out of French toast and topped with hollandaise and an egg, sunny side up. I’m a huge fan of the hollandaise sauce — it’s the reason why I love Sky Blue’s Florentine Benedict so much.
Lunch plates include sandwiches, salads, homemade vegan chili and sides like sweet potato casserole and cheesy chili taters. Try the Beastwich blackened chicken breast sandwich with bacon, caramelized onions, fresh spinach, tomato, Colby Jack cheese and hummus, or arm yourself with the Armadillo, a grilled cheese with Colby Jack on the outside with portabella mushrooms, sautéed peppers, sour cream, pesto and parmesan on the inside.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly place to take your crew, Sky Blue also has a kids’ menu with options for the little ones at your table, like pancakes and grilled cheese. Vegetarians are also well cared for at Sky Blue (it’s East Nashville) with several meatless options and substitutions like veggie sausage.
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, Sky Blue isn’t typically a nighttime destination, with the exception of Friday, when the restaurant reopens from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for Sky Fri, a weekly happy hour event with appetizers, drinks and live music. Enjoy songwriters’ nights and local artists as you get to know Sky Blue in a relaxed atmosphere.
Wake up early, embrace the day and visit Sky Blue. Sleeping in just doesn’t compare to stuffed French toast pancakes.
Little Leah Cordovez knew she wanted to be a doctor when she was four years old. “I used to follow my brother around with Band-Aids and cotton balls just waiting to jump in with first aid. I was all over it.”
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