Germantown Cafe – Where Not Changing Is Good


Squash Fritters
with buttermilk cream

Recently I visited Germantown Cafe after a long absence and to be honest, I don’t know why I’d stayed away so long. Sure, it’s not the newest kid on the block, but I’ve always experienced consistently good food and service there, and this time was no different.

Before sitting down at our table, I was silently hoping that the menu hadn’t changed because I already knew what I wanted to order. Thankfully, upon a quick inspection, it seemed to be exactly the same as I remembered.

First, the squash fritters. The crispy breading gives way to a tender center of creamy squash that is perfect for soaking up the tangy buttermilk cream. Good golly.

Then you’ve got the fried green tomatoes. A dollop of goat cheese on top of each crispy tomato combines with the red pepper sauce to make these irresistible.


Fried Green Tomatoes
with red bell pepper sauce & goat cheese


After sharing these appetizers with only two others, I was already starting to feel a bit stuffed but there was no way I was going to pass up my favorite dish on the menu.

On my very first visit to the restaurant many years ago, I ordered the Coconut Curry Salmon. I love coconut. I love curry. I love risotto. I love asparagus. I love salmon. How could I ever order anything else?

That’s correct, I have never once ordered another entree in all of my visits over the years. That is sad, isn’t it?! I just can’t help it…that’s how much I enjoy this dish.

Coconut Curry Salmon
Atlantic salmon with coconut curry sauce, creamy risotto, spinach & asparagus


So that got me to thinking.  There are plenty of places I frequent that constantly tweak or completely overhaul their menu, and I embrace those changes. In fact, I get giddy with excitement over seasonal menu changes (I am a Gemini after all). But I guess there are some spots I’d prefer to stay exactly as they are so I have no surprises.

How about you? Is there a restaurant you frequent where you can never seem to stray from ordering a handful of favorites and you secretly hope they never disappear from the menu?


Germantown Cafe

1200 Fifth Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37208

M-F 11 am – 2 pm

Nightly 5 pm

Sun 10:30 am – 2 pm
Sat 11 am – 2 pm