Todd DeFeo

Loveless Cafe still delights with country cooking

Loveless Cafe The Loveless Motel and Cafe dates to 1951 when Lon and Anne Loveless purchased the “Harpeth Valley Tea Room.” The complex, located on state Highway 100, southwest of Nashville, has built its reputation on quality biscuits, still made with a closely-guarded secret. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Loveless Cafe is a true throwback to another time when weary travelers needed a place to stay and something hearty to eat.

The Loveless Motel and Cafe dates to 1951 when Lon and Anne Loveless purchased the “Harpeth Valley Tea Room.” The complex, located on state Highway 100, southwest of Nashville, has built its reputation on quality biscuits, still made with a closely-guarded secret.

Pretty much everybody who is anybody has stopped by the Loveless Cafe on his or her way through Music City, and the restaurant has racked up numerous awards for its bona fide country cooking. The motel, which ceased operating in 1985, has been converted to stops and event space, but the food is as good as ever.

The restaurant almost closed, but thankfully in 2003, a group of investors stepped in to purchase the cafe. Now, long waits accompany the biscuits, thanks to the restaurant’s popularity.

But, the biscuits — and everything that accompanies them — are well worth the wait.

About Todd DeFeo
Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.