This Black-owned restaurant was recommended to me by a childhood friend who has been living in Nashville for a few years. I would trust her with my life, so trusting her with my meal was a no-brainer.
Coneheads is a cute, fast casual restaurant on the edge of the Cleveland Park area of Nashville. To enter the restaurant, you walk through a little patio area large enough to accommodate at least 3 or 4 parties who may be enjoying their meal or waiting for their takeout. Inside, the walls are a colorful depiction of the energy of the place.
When you walk in, you walk up to the counter to place your order. The restaurant isn’t that big, but in the current climate—dine-in limited to outside—the inside is just for waiting.
Food and Beverages:
Coneheads is for a meal that’s a unique twist on chicken and waffles. You have the option of a basket of three chicken strips or a waffle cone with chicken, cauliflower, shrimp, or some combination of the three. Then you choose the sauce that your protein will be tossed in and the sauce to be drizzled on top. If you want, you can add a “cap” of mac & cheese, grits, or pineapple slaw. Your options for sides are the same plus fries and fried cauliflower.
I went for a cone with chicken and cauliflower, tossed in Triple C’s – Chipotle Ranch and drizzled with 24K (which is like a honey mustard based sauce), capped with mac & cheese with a side of fries. It was delicious and, honestly, a lot neater than I anticipated. I started eating with a fork, but was able to quickly pick it up and eat it like an ice cream cone. The cone was soft, but not mushy. The cauliflower was breaded and fried like chicken and made me feel like I had made a (slightly) healthy choice. The sauces were great, but I could have used a little more, so I will likely spring for extra sauce next time. The mac & cheese was tasty and mixed well with the chicken, cauliflower, and sauce. And the fries were perfectly seasoned and crispy.
You can buy a bottled beverage to go along with your conehead or get a beer or cocktail if you so choose.
The chicken strip basket costs $11.50. Cones start at $8, come in small or large, and can get up to $14, depending on cone size and choice of protein. A cap adds $1 and a side is an additional $2.25. Extra sauce is $0.35.
I loved the service here. We were greeted warmly when we entered and the cashier explained the ordering process and our options. We waited no more than 15 minutes for our food. I was impressed.
I loved Coneheads and will definitely be back (and will order extra sauce). I highly recommend a visit whenever you’re in Nashville.