Right off of Blair Boulevard and 21st Avenue is a little trailer with a built on addition called Browns Diner. The first time I went to this Nashville institution, I was shocked that it looked like an outcast from the trailer park from the outside, but you can’t judge a book by its cover you must read some of the pages. The inside reminds me of an old drunk dive tavern. This place is known for the cheap food that is actually good (them burgers), and it’s friendly down home staff.
We wanted a quick late bite so we stopped by Browns Diner. There were only a few people there, but one guy was drunk, full of jokes, and getting takeout. We sat down at the bar and looked at the menu. They have everything; Frito chili pie, catfish dinner, homemade vegetable soup (winter months only), grilled cheese sandwich, and more. I ordered a cheeseburger with a side of hush puppies, and CP ordered a cheeseburger with a beer. The burgers were juicy and the buns were soft. After we smashed them, we were like we should have ordered 2 but the kitchen was about to close, and out of respect I never order food 30 minutes before a kitchen closes. The bartender was “cooler than a polar bears toenail” (thanks Outkast) he talked shit with us about football, and The Titans (they play so bad there are going to start paying people to go to the games). I have also been informed that people love the fried fish plate.
Browns Diner has been open since 1927, this place is history and plenty of people have passed through with many stories to tell. Great burgers, friendly staff, cold beer mugs, and a place where no one is a stranger make this place what it is. This is one of the few places you can possibly eat, drink and enjoy community with pocket change. However, I would love to see a monstrous burger or something like a Juicy Lucy (burger with hot oozing cheese on the inside). If you are looking for 5 star cleanliness “child” this is not your place, but if you want mid 1900’s trailer park dive bar realness this is it.