Fav Nashville Eats: Beacon Light Tea Room (Bon Aqua)

On the Road

Beacon Light Tea Room w Duane

Last Sunday, when the first spring air breezed on by, we decided to drive miles away. In the opposite direction of downtown. We wanted to be in the middle of lots of new spring greenery, feel the warm open air, trace the avenues of not-our-usual Sunday. And have breakfast.

So we went to the Beacon Light Tea Room in Hickman County.

Beacon Light Teahouse

Beacon Light Tea Room

We’d been there once before a few years ago. On a Sunday. For breakfast. It’s a drive but the ride is smooth on Highway 100 and there’s enough to entertain out the windows along the way.

For us Sunday breakfast is around noon or 1 o’ clock. And we usually want eggs.

The Beacon Light Tearoom is the place for eggs. They serve them all day long with their full menu of serious eats. The Beacon is also the place for biscuits. And for the trimmings that go with eggs. Like bacon. Ham. Sausage patties. Hash browns. And homemade jam for biscuits.

Beacon Biscuits

Beacon Biscuits

What I love about the biscuits is their saltiness. Yep. They got a saltiness. Which makes the jam you put on them *POP* with yum-ful taste.

Beacon Biscuits w Jam

Beacon Biscuits w Jam

Scrambled eggs are rich. Almost creamy. My plate of breakfast arrived from Central Casting. A movie star.

Beacon Scrambled Eggs

Beacon Scrambled Eggs

Duane’s eggs over easy with sawmill gravy and sausage patties beamed happily… congratulating him for requesting this perfect combo.

w sawmill gravy

w sawmill gravy

The Beacon Light Tea Room started out in 1936 across the street from where a lighthouse stood to guide prop planes around the area. The Beacon thanks the Loveless for following in their footsteps and keeping up the country cooking tradition.

The Beacon Story

The Beacon Story

The Beacon Light Tea Room is the smaller, less Disney version of the Loveless. It’s sincerely un-fancy; authentically homegrown.

sign at the door

sign at the door

road sign

road sign

And, for us, a perfect destination when the wheels of the car need to roll around new territory. And when our brains need to be swept of cobwebs. And when our palates are longing for straightforward delicious.

on the road

on the road

along the road

along the road

4 thoughts on “Fav Nashville Eats: Beacon Light Tea Room (Bon Aqua)

  1. I have been going to the Beacon Light for over 25 years now and make it out there about once a year these days. It is just a very special place and a nice Sunday morning drive in the Spring. The biscuits are some of the most unique and delicious I have ever had. Just the right mix of everything…but the salt is what makes them stand out and definitely the lard. Their biscuits are just like the ones my Grandmother, Aunts and Mother made when I was young. They have “fixed” up the place since my first trip, but inside it is still the same and the food so good. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • thanks, Teresa! I’m so glad you know the place. Once a couple of years ago I was excited to show it to my mom and sister after D and I first discovered it — we drove out there on a weekday not knowing they close most days! This last time I asked for a box to take home 2 biscuits we had leftover. They brought out a box filled with biscuits and a little container of jam. So I got to bring them home to my mother. She proclaimed: better than Loveless!

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