Nashville Eats | Elliston Place Soda Shop

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Nashville Eats | Elliston Place Soda Shop

As I started my blog in September 2013 and only became vegan in May 2016, there are several non-vegan posts pre-vegan era.  As an example of how someone can change their path in life drastically, I have made the decision to leave the posts up even though I am ashamed of them.  I hope you will take this example and think on it.  Also, see my animal activism page or travel page on ideas for ethical animal tourism and vegan food around the world.  My inbox is always open should you have questions about changing your lifestyle to better serve animals, our planet, and your own health.ELLISTON PLACE SODA SHOP | NASHVILLE

Nashville Restaurant Week is something that occurs twice a year where Nashville Original restaurants offer special menu items and deals that are far too good to pass up!  Nashville Originals is dedicated to sustaining the independent restaurants in Nashville and this is a great week to try out some new Nashville restaurants for a cheaper price.  Nashville has become a huge foodie city; therefore, what we eat and where we eat is part of what defines the city.  As part of Nashville’s Restaurant Week, I decided to go out to try some restaurants I hadn’t been to yet in the area.

While I have eaten at several of the Nashville Original restaurants outside of restaurant week, I decided we should try out some that we have not been to before.  Earlier in the week, we visited Chago’s Cantina.  This time we visited Elliston Place Soda Shop.

Elliston Place Soda Shop has some great history!  It is Nashville’s oldest continuously running restaurant in its original location.  That’s pretty amazing.  The street, Elliston Place, was named after the Elliston family that owned a majority of the property where the street is located.  The actual building that the soda shop is located in, was originally opened as a grocery store.  In the 1920s, the grocery became a pharmacy.  In 1939, part of the pharmacy was turned into a soda shop.  The pharmacy side stayed until 1965 and the soda shop is here until this day.

If all that isn’t cool enough – Elliston Place Soda Shop is on the national register of historic places and is featured in the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die book.  That means, you MUST visit on your next visit to Nashville.


History lesson is done.  Now, on to the food!

If Southern food is what you want to taste in Nashville, then it doesn’t get much more Southern than this.  Chicken livers just happened to be the special of the day and Kaleb couldn’t pass them up!  He chose mac n cheese and mashed potatoes + gravy as his two sides.  He said it was all amazing!

I tried the mac n cheese and it was so amazing that I asked for my own bowl of it.  Actually, I told our waitress I wanted to bathe in it, but that’s beside the point.


I chose to just get a simple cheeseburger because I was told that they make a great burger.  This burger was huge!  Cheaper than most chain restaurants, but bigger and better.


We definitely couldn’t come to a soda shop without trying something from the fountain.  I decided to get a cookies n creme milkshake and Kaleb got the dreamsicle (orange sherbert, vanilla ice cream, and orange juice).  Both were a huge serving (what’s pictured is only about half of what we actually got).  In addition, our waitress really wanted us to try the banana pudding and coconut pie.

I love, love banana pudding and this one definitely passes my test.  Coconut pie is necessarily either of our thing, but it was very good.


Definitely visit Elliston Place Soda Shop while you’re in Nashville, for the history and the food!


What we Ordered | Cheeseburger + Fries, Chicken Livers + Mac n Cheese + Mashed Potatoes, Dreamsicle, Cookies n Creme Milkshake, Banana Pudding, Coconut Pie

Meal Price | $32 + tax + tip

Location | 2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN

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Other Nashville Original restaurants I’ve written about | Puckett’s Boat House | Chago’s Cantina


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1 Comment

  1. Elliston Place Soda Shop

    May 18, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Thank you for such a nice review and all the great pictures! Hope we see you again this summer!

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