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Wendell Smith's

615-383-7114  •  $
ADDRESS: 407 53rd Ave N , Nashville, TN 37209

CUISINE: Breakfast, Southern, Home-style, Diner, Fried Chicken, Sandwiches

FEATURES: Handicap Access, Kid Friendly, Smoke Free, Vegetarian Friendly

DETAILS
Owner Ben Cook's business card, which can be picked up at the counter of his sublime meat-and-three restaurant Wendell Smith's, reads: "Restaurant/Liquor Store/Country Cookin'/Whiskey & Wine." Given the peculiarities of Tennessee's liquor laws, each environment at Wendell Smith's, always a family owned and operated business since opening in 1952, has a separate entrance on this busy, industrialized corner of West Nashville's Charlotte Avenue. A personalized, autographed photo of Dolly Parton resides above the counter, as do photos of local judges alongside a photo of a splayed-out drunk. Cook seems to know every other person's first name. Working-class folks of all ages and colors cram into the booths and tables for the meat-and-three country cooking. Selections are made from a mimeographed menu that changes daily. The food is quickly delivered to your table, and the service remains unbelievably attentive, as if they're breaking a local ordinance if your water glass doesn't remain filled to the brim. You can hardly go wrong with any of the meats and side items: The turnip greens, cucumber salad and creamed potatoes in particular are some of the best renditions in town. A recommended rib-sticking country ham, biscuits, gravy and grits breakfast is available daily. No alcohol available. Serving breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. "You know how it seems at some places that everyone knows everyone? Well, here everyone knows everyone and everyone's entire family."
- Nashville Restaurants blog, May 4, 2008

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Owner Ben Cook's business card, which can be picked up at the counter of his sublime meat-and-three restaurant Wendell Smith's, reads: "Restaurant/Liquor Store/Country Cookin'/Whiskey & Wine." Given the peculiarities of Tennessee's liquor laws, each environment at Wendell Smith's, always a family owned and operated business since opening in 1952, has a separate entrance on this busy, industrialized corner of West Nashville's Charlotte Avenue. A personalized, autographed photo of Dolly Parton resides above the counter, as do photos of local judges alongside a photo of a splayed-out drunk. Cook seems to know every other person's first name. Working-class folks of all ages and colors cram into the booths and tables for the meat-and-three country cooking. Selections are made from a mimeographed menu that changes daily. The food is quickly delivered to your table, and the service remains unbelievably attentive, as if they're breaking a local ordinance if your water glass doesn't remain filled to the brim. You can hardly go wrong with any of the meats and side items: The turnip greens, cucumber salad and creamed potatoes in particular are some of the best renditions in town. A recommended rib-sticking country ham, biscuits, gravy and grits breakfast is available daily.
 
"You know how it seems at some places that everyone knows everyone? Well, here everyone knows everyone and everyone's entire family."
- Nashville Restaurants blog, May 4, 2008
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No alcohol available. Serving breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.

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