The Oldest Holiday Celebration in Town is About ... Waffles



Downtown Presbyterian Church, a neo-Egyptian marvel
There's not a better lunch value in town than the annual Holiday Waffle Shop at the Downtown Presbyterian Church at Fifth and Church, set for this Thursday, Dec. 2.

Pay your $6 and get a plate of waffles, grits, turkey hash or sausage and coffee or spiced tea. A $6 lunch? Downtown? I know, right?

The church has been cooking up waffles for holiday shoppers and downtown workers since the 1920s. As a bonus, take a little tour of William Strickland's architectural gem. Strickland designed the church in the 1840s while he was in Nashville overseeing the construction of the State Capitol, and it's a doozy — especially for Nashville, and considering the times. The church is one of the few remaining examples of the Egyptian Revival architecture in the country, and perhaps the only house of worship.

(It's also a fine example of an old Nashville church schism, but that's another story, and still kind of a sore spot 50 years later ...)

There's a bake sale, too, where you can stock up on cheese wafers for holiday parties, another Nashville tradition. (All proceeds go towards building improvements and the church's programs to help the homeless.)

Waffle Shop hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but try to get there early if you want to ensure your waffle haul. For more information, call the church at 254-7584.

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