What if diabetes could be condensed down to a single plate?Though only Paula Deen can truly be sure of the science behind such a phenomenon, Sky Blue Cafe has come dangerously close to achieving that feat, as evidenced by its Banana Nutella French Toast Pancakes. As in, French toast, covered with bananas and Nutella, stuffed between two pancakes larger than my head (caveat: I have always had a rather small head). Yes, this is a thing, and it is glorious.When I am not feeling in touch with my inner obese person, I lean towards the varied egg options available at Sky Blue; my particular favorite is the Space Captain, and this is not even solely because of its fantastic name. The Space Captain is an omelet featuring spinach, mushrooms, onions, veggie sausage, and pesto. And as I am pretty sure Albert Einstein once said, "Only two things are infinite--human stupidity and the greatness of pesto." Excuse me if I'm paraphrasing here.Be ready for a long wait if you intend to come here. On average, I have waited for about 45 minutes to an hour. Recommended to come on nice days, so you can sit outside and imbibe the free coffee in massive amounts (I figure I am drinking the value of my lost time). Overall, worth the trip, but do plan on a wait.
While there has obviously never been an instance in which I found myself desperately needing the worst kinds of food at 4 am, I am vaguely aware that some people have found themselves faced with this issue, and this review is written for you incorrigible folk.As one of the only 24-hour establishments, Café Coco holds a revered place in my heart. There is something immensely comforting in knowing that, no matter how late it gets, there are options that will serve me actual food (as opposed to, say, whatever it is that Jack in the Box is selling for 50 cents). The variety here is fantastic: pizza, pastas, salads, breakfast foods, even cheesecake (Godiva is highly recommended). I have tried numerous things here, and never been disappointed. I have never been wowed either, but I will take "not disappointed" any time after midnight.This place also has a lovely patio outdoor, but a warning is that it is populated by a seemingly non-migratory population of hipsters with cigarettes, so plan on inhaling a good amount of cancer here. Inside, there are often poetry or writers' nights to enjoy in the back room. A wide variety of people, events, and foods in one place, I would describe this as one of the more eclectic places in Nashville.
Back in the time when I ate like a carb-addicted caveman (oxymoron?) who couldn't tell the difference between fresh salad and one made three weeks ago, Fido seemed overpriced and silly to me. Since I have started to be able to vaguely discern what fresh and quality food tastes like (apparently not like the Kraft blue box), Fido has changed in my mind. It is a haven of fresh, often local, and organic foods, for not unreasonable prices (except on the fancy coffees front). They have a diverse selection of salads, sandwiches, and breakfast foods, as well as a rotating menu of soups and daily specials. Not only that, but they serve delicious gluten-free pancakes! A list of highly recommended foods (both from before and after my gluten downfall):Gluten-free buckwheat pancakes The McFishy bagel sandwichThe Bachelor bagel sandwichThe Eden saladThe Liberal saladThe smoked turkey and brie sandwichA note to customers: Fido is often crowded, and so will turn off its wifi during peak hours in the hope of driving you out.
Though we feel a bit out of place given the 'hipster vibe' of staff (and sometimes customers - we are somewhat older, with kids, and not very hip), we love the coffee and crepes (Florentine!) here. We tend to hang out at the tables outside, near the back entrance, where our toddler can climb the wooden benches and move around freely without bothering other people. If you choose this spot to have your treats, be prepared for the occasional cigarette smoke (staff smokes outside) and noise (two ACs).