Nashville Eats | Elliston Place Soda Shop

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Nashville Eats | Elliston Place Soda Shop

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.

ELLISTON PLACE SODA SHOP | 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.

ELLISTON PLACE SODA SHOP | NASHVILLE

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.

ELLISTON PLACE SODA SHOP | NASHVILLE

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.

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

THE ESSENTIALS 

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

ELLISTON PLACE SODA SHOP | NASHVILLE

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

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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