Varallo’s in Nashville, TN offers a cheap bowl of chili for under a ten-spot, says Mary Hance in her November 6th Ms. Cheap article on She provides an excellent view of this historic Nashville restaurant, including some information you may not be familiar with.

Besides their long-standing, famous chili, Varallo’s also serves up some serious meat-and-three food (in the form of meat-and-two plate lunches) along with sandwiches, salads, desserts and breakfast. The “3-way” is their most famous offering, and consists of chili, spaghetti and a tamale.

They claim to be the oldest restaurant in Tennessee, but I can only personally vouch for my first visit there in the early 80’s. I loved it way back then. Varallo’s opens up early at 6am and closes at 2:30, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Whether you’re a local or one of Nashville’s ever-growing visitors, consider a stop and enjoy a timeless taste of Nashville’s dining history.



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