The morning meal in Music City just got a lot better with the addition of a new breakfast eatery in West Nashville, Big Bad Breakfast. This is the seventh outpost of the Oxford, MS-based chain of restaurants helmed by Chef John Currence, known as the “Big Bad Chef” who lends his name to the establishment. The Nashville location moved into the building that formerly housed EiO & the Hive at 5304 Charlotte Ave. Since opening in October, lines have been long to get in, but they’ll be happy to offer you coffee while you wait, or you can order a morning cocktail from their bar near the front door.
Each Big Bad Breakfast showcases local flair, and the airy space is decorated in Nashville-themed murals that let you know exactly where you are. With about a hundred seats and a patio that should be very popular next spring, there’s always a pleasant buzz in the dining room, and not just from those mimosas. Serving from 700 am until 2:30 in the afternoon, BBB’s menu is a hybrid between breakfast and lunch offering traditional egg dishes and biscuit sandwiches along with more substantial skillet meals, sandwiches and wraps.
Any dish that includes BBB’s signature house-cured bacon is a winner, and patrons can also take home the regular or spicy versions from a refrigerator case near the host stand. The Screamin’ Demon is Currence’s take on a fried chicken sandwich and is the result of years of experimentation by the talented chef. In a town full of great fried chicken, it’s a standout!
For sweet treats, check out the array of waffle and pancake platters served with the BBB house blend syrup. If you feel you must be at least a little healthier, there are also some salads including one topped with crispy fried oysters and a creamy boiled egg. You can also add on a side of bacon, sausage or andouille to any dish, and you should!
Currence has already announced his attention to open more than one BBB in Nashville, and perhaps that will divert some of the crowds that are traveling from all over town to visit. But don’t wait on that development. Get over there soon and see just how big and how good breakfast can be!