Outdoor Seating at Frothy Monkey

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Outdoor Seating at Frothy Monkey

Posted by on April 29, 2022

Your favorite patio is just around the corner.

There’s no denying the draw of beautiful weather – sunshine on your face and a little breeze in your hair. At your local Frothy Monkey, we’ve made sure to include a great space for outdoor cocktails, coffee, or meals with the family. 

12South Nashville’s Beer Garden

Frothy Monkey 12South is our original Nashville location. Over the years, we have expanded our outdoor dining options to include the Beer Garden and porch seating. With the shade of the trees and umbrellas, signature drinks and brunch cocktails, you’re sure to find respite from the Tennessee heat! Before exploring the local Nashville businesses, come by for your morning pick me up, or refuel midday with delicious lunch options! A picnic in Sevier Park is a great way to enjoy the weather, too. Order for Pick Up and take a stroll to your favorite spot. 

12South Frothy Monkey Entrance and Beer Garden

Downtown Nashville Urban Sidewalk Dining

The energy of Downtown Nashville is contagious! When you’re ready for a break from honkey tonks or downtown exploration,  head up 5th Avenue to our Downtown Nashville location to sit back for a good cup of coffee or healthy meal option. Our outdoor space is a great place to refill your cup – literally! With quaint outdoor streetside seating, you can enjoy the vibrant energy of downtown and warm hospitality of our cafe.

The feel of this area is great for guests who love cityscapes and an urban atmosphere. In this historic part of downtown, you’ll see unique architecture and a wide variety of people as you sit and sip on one of our signature lattes, or fuel up with fresh eats. Close to the Ryman, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Bridgestone Arena, you’ll find it’s the perfect place to stop in on your downtown adventures. 

The Nations Seat with a View 

Frothy Monkey in the Nations Outdoor Seating

The Nations Frothy Monkey is a great neighborhood hotspot. Between family meals, remote work, and coffee catch-ups this expansive space is prepared for any occasion! If the vaulted ceilings aren’t roomy enough, step outside to our outdoor patio space. This area is perfect for viewing the incredible sunsets to the West. While you’re gazing that way, be sure to take a look at some of the incredible art around the neighborhood like the Lee Estes mural on the Nations Silo and Partick Swayze’s portrait at The Centennial! If you’re lucky, you might even find the @forbecks Lego Man hiding outside. 

Want to enjoy the weather elsewhere? Order for Pick-Up and take a short walk to West Park or England Park to enjoy the natural beauty of Metro Nashville Parks. With children’s play sets, sports fields, and natural features like Richland Creek, make it a day out with a picnic lunch or charcuterie from Frothy. 

East Nashville Heated and Cooled Patio 

The Patio at Frothy Monkey East is quickly becoming a favorite spot for families and friends to gather in the Lockeland Springs neighborhood. Our new patio debuted in April 2022. Complete with fans for the summer, and heaters for the chilly days in between, you can find your favorite sunny spot, or shady refuge under the awning. 

Just a short walk to Shelby Park it’s a great stop on your route to summertime fun with your friends, family, or fur babies. Stop in and stay a while to recoup, or get your start with fresh roasted coffee and a treat from BAKERY by Frothy Monkey. 

Downtown Franklin’s Favorite Front Porch

When you’re yearning for a spot to enjoy the perfect “porch weather”, take a seat at Frothy Monkey in Downtown Franklin. We’re happy to share! This location’s wide and well covered wrap around porch is your refuge from pop-up showers, with the luxury of enjoying the summer breeze. There are bar seats to look out over the front lawn and traditional tables, too.

As a part of your Downtown Franklin adventure, enjoy a meal or your favorite coffee with us. As the Best Coffeehouse in Downtown Franklin, we’re proud to serve you and your family fresh local food and coffee options for any meal. 

Southside Chattanooga’s Sunny Patio

Set back a bit from busy Market St, Frothy Monkey in Southside Chattanooga’s bright and spacious porch is great for enjoying the summer sun. While exploring the Southside, stop in for Tennessee specialty roasted coffee and food with local flair. Your family and fur-babies are welcome on the patio! So, pull up a chair and join us for your bit of respite in the downtown hustle. Fueled by good eats, you’ll be ready to take on your next adventure in Chattanooga! 

Frothy Monkey Southside Chattanooga Outside Seating Area

Dinner at Frothy Monkey

Posted by on April 15, 2022

Instead of making a mess of the kitchen tonight, pull up a chair for dinner at Frothy Monkey. Our all-day cafes are a great option to serve groups of any size. Whether it’s you and your partner or the whole extended family, we’re here for you. 

Walking into Frothy for dinner should feel like coming home after a long day – cozy, comfortable, and safe. At our restaurants, you’ll find thoughtfully prepared dishes and respite filled with intention and warmth. Find “your spot”. Maybe it’s the cozy corner seat at 12South or a patio table that’s just perfect for watching sunsets. Trust us, they are spectacular in The Nations!

Your dinner dollar can go further with our weekly events like Wine Down Wednesday, Happy Hour every weekday and 1/2 off wine bottles every Friday. Locally sourced items don’t have to blow the budget, so go ahead and order your entree AND a cocktail. Order your wine, ½ off on Fridays AND your favorite dessert.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“A trip back home to Nashville is incomplete without a Frothy Monkey visit! This place is so versatile. I have so many memories studying for exams here, catching up with friends over coffee, birthday dinners, etc. The coffee is excellent, probably the best in the city. And most people know that, but what most people don’t know that their dinner menu is also incredible!!! I recommend the soups, chicken + gnocchi, and salads.

Emma Wooten – 4/12/22 -Yelp – 12South

Dinner Options

Starting at 4pm, we shift to a more intimate vibe, but still meet guests where they are. Take your time. Maybe start with a cheese plate and an Aperol spritz before wine and dinner entrees. Bring a book, a game, or just yourself to rest and enjoy. You’re our priority. Whether it’s time to decompress at the bar with a friend, bring a date for coffee, or treat your family to dinner, Frothy is your spot for a safe and comfortable experience.

Dinner at Frothy is also a great option for varied diets. We know it can be difficult to entertain groups with multiple dietary preferences or restrictions. We’ve mindfully curated the menu to include at least one option for vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free* and vegan guests. 

Available 4pm – close at all locations except Downtown Nashville at this time. Visit our locations page for more information on specific cafes.

Kids Dinner Options

When “Little Monkeys” join you for dinner, we love treating them to their own menu, which is available all day to kids 10 and under. 

kids' menu option
Kids French Toast + Bacon

French Toast
One slice of vanilla-cinnamon brioche French toast with powdered sugar + maple syrup.

Cheesy Eggs + Bacon
KY Farm Fresh Egg scrambled with cheese, slice of Broadbent bacon and fruit.

Kids Sandwiches
Turkey + Cheese,
Grilled Cheese,

*While we can modify many of our dishes to be gluten-free, we are not a certified gluten-free kitchen.*

Weekly Events to Spice Things Up!

*Please note that our Downtown Nashville location currently closes at 3pm.*

Friday – 1/2 off Wine Bottle

While the kids are busy enjoying cheesy eggs or fluffy french toast, our 21+ guests can enjoy white, rose, and red wine for 1/2 off on Fridays after 5pm. Selections may vary by location, but you’re sure to find something to suit you.

Wine Down Wednesday

A Frothy favorite continues! Perhaps the most beloved of our weekly programming, every Wednesday, enjoy 3 pours and an individual cheese board or $4 off of a dinner entree from 4pm to close.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The best local spot for brunch or dinner. Their Wine Down Wednesday program has options for everyone and each item is thoughtfully made and paired.”

Reanna Young – 11/12/21 – Yelp -12South

Don’t Miss Happy Hour!

Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm, is the perfect complement to your dinner at Frothy. Beer, wine and cocktail options are available at select locations. For more information visit our Happy Hour page. 

Farms + Purveyors featured in our Dinner Menu

Seasonal Menu Spring + Summer ‘22

Posted by on March 22, 2022

We’ve made it through “third winter” and we’re prepared to bring you an awesome selection of eats, happy hour cocktails, seasonal drinks for spring and summer. Inspired by childhood favorites, travel experiences, and frothy employees, we hope you love them as much as we do!

Some familiar menu options might be a little different, but the quality is still top notch. We’re always looking for ways to elevate dishes or make them more accessible for guests with dietary restrictions. We want to make your experience as stress free as possible. As a result, we are excited to work with The BE-Hive to integrate vegan cheese into our menu. We have adjusted some items to accommodate nut allergens, too!

2022 is already off to an incredible start, but we couldn’t have done it without your continued support. Your love for Frothy is truly appreciated and we see it in your reviews and smiling faces at our all-day cafes. We love serving you and your community, and can’t wait to see new faces in Birmingham and Knoxville later this year

New To Frothy

Sandwiches + Salads

Pastrami Sandwich

Beef pastrami, Swiss, whole grain mustard served warm on a grilled bun,
garnished with sweet cherry peppers. Served with chips & salsa

Capri Breakfast Sandwich

Sandwich with KY Farm Fresh eggs, mozzarella cheese, and basil pesto on a grilled bun

Kale Caesar – Returning!

Kale tossed with Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, and croutons. Topped with Mediterranean quinoa, small or large.

Sweet Treats

Triple Chocolate Cookie

Chocolate cookie with white and milk chocolate chips


Layered cocoa and coffee-flavored Italian dessert + chocolate sauce

Toffee Pecan Blondie

Golden cookie bar with Heath bar pieces, chocolate chips and pecans.

Updated Items

Dietary Modifications


Our quinoa Burger is now completely vegan! We’re happy to add The BE-Hive to our list of local purveyors to make your vegan burger dreams come true. We are substituting traditional cheese with their vegan garlic mozz.

Quinoa + Black Bean Burger

House-made black bean and quinoa patty with tomato, lettuce, BE-Hive vegan garlic mozz and avocado mash on a grilled bun.

Nut Allergens

Check out the simple adjustments we’ve made to make apps + desserts a little sweeter for guests with nut allergies.

Cheese Plate, Charcuterie Board, & Combo Board

Marinated olives have been substituted for nuts. Yum!

Looking for more vegan or gluten-free options? Our cafes are equipped with modification menus to help you order for your dietary needs.

Gluten-Free Disclaimer
*Our gluten-free items are made with gluten-free ingredients but not in a certified gluten-free kitchen.

See the full spring/summer ‘22 menu – We can’t wait to hear what you think.

Looking for Seasonal Drinks? We know you’re going to love them!

Spring + Summer Seasonal Drinks ’22

Posted by on March 22, 2022

Frothy’s Spring/Summer Seasonal drinks are made for front porch sippin’! Brighten up your coffee routine with a fresh summertime favorite. Infused with herbs, fruits, and spices these hand-crafted drinks bring a unique twist to classic summer sips.

Espresso + Tonic with Cardamom, Orange, + Mint

Created by:
Brendan Fellenz – he/him Instagram: @bcfellenz
Frothy Monkey Roasting Company

Frothy Monkey Roasting Company’s Brendan Fellenz has another drink on the menu this season. The E.T. is coming at you with a bright and juicy blend of orange juice, cardamom, and mint.

“You’ve got to be careful not to drink this one too quickly,” Brendan says, “It’s so easy to crush.” With a full shot of espresso and refreshing tonic bubbles, Brendan suggests espresso lovers to order one before heading out to play frisbee at Centennial Park or take a walk at Percy Warner Park.

Brendan building the E.T.
Presentation of the E.T. at ’22 Spring Drink Comp
Spring ’22 Drink Comp Winners

Electric Monkey
Sparkling Water, House-Made Lemonade + Cherry/Mint Syrup

Created by
Kendall Hitchcox – she/they
Instagram: @kendall.hitchcox
East Nashville

Samantha Locke – she/her
Instagram: @samlxcke
The Nations, Nashville

Summer was in full swing at Frothy in East Nashville when Samantha and Kendall created the Electric Monkey. Their drink started as an effort to cool off the staff while the A/C was being repaired and quickly became a cafe favorite.

Kendall (left) and Samantha, (right) enjoying an Electric Monkey at Frothy Monkey in The Nations.

This twist on lemonade will give you the little pick-me-up you might need on a hot day, or suit your kids perfectly when you stop in for a meal.

“It tastes great and it looks really fun. So, I think it’s going to be a hit with kids and people who don’t want something heavy with milk, like a latte.” Kendall says.

Cold Brew, Sparkling Water, Cherry/ Basil/Lemon Simple Syrup

Created by:
William Theriot – he/him
12South, Nashville

This unique twist on a Shirley Temple will brighten your day with cold brew, cherry-basil-lemon syrup, and the fizzy finish of sparkling water. Our barista William Theriot from 12South brought this punchy drink to the competition.

“All of our herbal lattes are trending right now like lavender and rosemary. So, I thought we could try to incorporate basil into a fruitier, lighter flavor for summer.” Will says.

Love cold brew but not a huge fan of these flavors? Grab a canned or draft cold brew. Available all year long!

Interested in how we chose these drinks for the menu? Take a look at the 2022 Spring and Summer Drink Competition recap!

Frothy Monkey’s All-Day Cafe

Posted by on March 17, 2022

At our all-day cafes, you’ll find the warmth of a coffeehouse and the hospitality of a full restaurant for every part of your day. Fresh, thoughtfully sourced ingredients are the star of breakfast, lunch, and dinner and our drink selection is endless. Between the best specialty roasted coffee in Nashville, cocktails, beer, and wine there’s no shortage of options for any occasion.

A glass of wine at 10 am? Maybe a cozy cup of decaf to unwind? A moment of peace from the crazy? We GET that. Frothy all-day cafes are thoughtfully curated to fill the needs of our neighbors and the communities we serve.

What inspired our all-day cafes?

Starting in 2004, our original coffeehouse location served neighbors from the 12South community with classic coffee options and light breakfast fare. When owner Ryan Pruitt joined management in 2006 he inspired the all-day cafe we love today.

Before joining Frothy, Pruitt was traveling with his band in Europe and frequented local cafes between gigs or to enjoy a day off. Compared to the US coffee scene, chock-full with corporate buzzwords and fancy lingo, these cafes were more than just a quick caffeine jolt.

“In Europe, the cafes are focused on the guest experience,” Pruitt says, “The environment is warm, the food is good and it fills a need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time of day.”

The flexible and welcoming atmosphere kept Pruitt’s group coming back during free time. Walking in at any hour, they could get a cup of coffee, beer and wine, or a meal. These cafes were cultural hubs at the center of the neighborhood and served their guests any time of day.

The coffee culture was different between the 15 countries they toured, but the commitment to hospitality and inclusion was always present. Unlike the drive-throughs of the US, these cafes served that feeling of coming home to open doors, warm smiles, and good food.

Bringing the All-Day Cafe to Tennessee

Pruitt aspired to bring the atmosphere of these European cafes to Frothy when he returned to the U.S. from his travels. In 2006, Frothy’s original location was welcoming a wide demographic. The 12South location brought neighbors visiting 7 days a week and guests just passing through. To cultivate the all-day cafe vision, Pruitt and his team started by emphasizing fresh and healthy food options. Menu options expanded quickly with the elimination of microwaves and the installation of a full kitchen.

Frothy Monkey 12South circa 2015

Growth continued with expanded hours and additional locations throughout Nashville and in Franklin and Chattanooga Tennessee. Liquor and beer licenses followed and Frothy became a place for everyone. From folks connecting over early morning coffee or lunch, to families, or co-workers enjoying a glass of wine after work – even if that means their shift ends at 9 am. The all-day cafe was a reality.

“The “Aha!” moment was the group of night shift nurses from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital who would get off of work in the morning and make their way to Frothy. [They] would sit on the side porch to end their day. It would be 9 or 10 am and they would sit there with glasses of wine, while people were walking in after dropping off their kids to school to get their latte and egg sandwich and head to work.”, Pruitt says, “It was that collision that made me feel like “Yes! It happened! This is everything.”

Connecting Communities

When asked what sets Frothy apart, Pruitt replied, “It’s the blend of quality and thoughtfulness that we put in the products and hospitality. A lot of all-day cafes might just be order-at-the-counter. Sure, the mechanics are breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but over-delivering and hospitality are what we strive for.”

In our all-day cafe, you’ll find a different level of service. We encourage guests to bring the family for dinner, meet a new neighbor for coffee, work remotely, or enjoy Happy Hour with other guests. We offer table service to everyone to make sure we connect with guests to give the best possible experience.

Ryan says it’s about filling the needs of the community, no matter the time of day.

“The photo editor, for example, they might be sitting at the bar getting work done with a bowl of shrimp and grits,” He says, “ It’s an environment that’s comfortable for them to have a laptop open and get great service, but then behind them is a family having dinner, maybe a first date, or a group of ladies enjoying Wine Down Wednesday. It’s a collision of worlds, but people’s needs at 7 pm are different and we can be there for them all.”

A Sustainable Community Partner

After eliminating microwaves, Pruitt’s team focused on integrating local partners to create the best dining experience and grow local relationships. Frothy’s approach to taking care of guests isn’t only in hospitality, but the ingredients on the menu. Our partnerships with regional farms and purveyors allow us to provide fresh menu options and support sustainable practices.

The food at Frothy Monkey is made to order with fresh ingredients at all of our locations. To avoid processed or preservative-filled components, we developed our own coffee syrups, bake our own bread and pastries, and roast our own coffee. Our farm relationships also allow us to serve real eggs, grass-fed whole milk, locally handmade pasta, and more.

We recognize that all of our neighborhoods are unique, so they each come with their own history and demographics, too. By building our cafes inside historic or pre-existing buildings we want to honor the history of that community and give the buildings new life.

“We want to be a good contributor,” says Pruitt, “and I think historic preservation is a beautiful way to contribute to the community.”

Our historic locations include a repurposed hosiery factory at The Nations, a section of the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in Southside Chattanooga, and a Downtown Nashville shoe store.

Experience Wins

When you visit one of our all-day cafes we want to make sure your experience is a highlight of your day. No matter the time, the occasion, or the lack thereof. It’s about nourishing people, outside of food and drink that makes Frothy Monkey different. It’s how the 15 minutes, or the hour, or the whole day spent at a cafe can brighten your world.

“Life may feel chaotic,” says Pruitt, “but then you have this moment, and you walk into 12South where Ben knows your name, and then you get to see Josh, and they ask you how your kid is. Stopping in at Frothy becomes a bit of positive energy. We’ve got something for everybody. We’re always open and there’s no reason not to join us when you need that break from the rest of your world.”

Josh Vaught – 12South
Will Theriot – 12South
Jeff Duke – Franklin, TN

Frothy is a Downtown Franklin Favorite

Posted by on February 8, 2022

We’re so grateful for the neighborhoods that embrace #frothylove. We are thrilled to have earned the distinction of Downtown Franklin Coffee Destination of the Year 2021 from the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). Voted on by the good folks in Williamson County in January 2022, The DFA highlighted 24 categories of small businesses in the downtown district.

We love being in the Downtown Franklin neighborhood with the best all-day cafe experience on the block! Thank you for being a part of our family.

Show us some love by checking out the links below!

Sizzle Awards 

Voting open February 1st, through February 28th, 2022

Williamson’s Best 2022

Best Brunch? We’re flattered! Check out the “Food and Drink” category.
Voting between February 21 – March 11, 2022

Vote for Frothy Monkey – Nashville Scene’s Best Coffeehouse

Posted by on August 9, 2021

Voting for the Nashville Scene’s Annual Best of Nashville issue is on! YOU voted us #1 coffeehouse in 2013 + 2014 + 2015 + 2017 + 2018 + 2020 AND Best Service in 2016 – Thank you!  Cast your vote HERE until September 6, 2021.

Please consider us for the following categories:

Best Coffeehouse
Best Service

Best Breakfast
Best Bakery
Best Brunch
Best Restaurant
Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Best Patio
Best Restaurant in Williamson County
Best Local Twitter Account
Best Place To People Watch

Best Place To Take Out-of-Towners

Cast your vote HERE.


Family-Style Dinners To Go

Posted by on January 6, 2021

Family-sized portions of some of our most popular dinner entrees are now available to go every day at Frothy 12South, Nations, East, Franklin, and Chattanooga! Enjoy Chicken + Gnocchi, Shrimp + Grits, Salmon + Quinoa, Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Fusilli Pasta, Red-Wine Braised Brisket, or Pork Barbacoa served family-style. Salad, bread, dessert, and bottles of wine are available a la carte.

Family-style dinners require a 3-day lead time and select items are available for same-day pickup!

• Family-Style Menu •

Each entree serves 4-6 people. Salad, bread, dessert, and wine are available a la carte and are sold separately.

Chicken + Gnocchi* $45

Herb marinated chicken breast with potato gnocchi, mushrooms, and spinach with pesto cream

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Fusilli* $45

Nicoletto’s (Nashville, TN) fusilli pasta with tomatoes, red onions, spinach, and sundried tomato pesto cream {+ chicken $16 / shrimp $36 / portabella $12}

Salmon + Quinoa* $49

Pan-seared salmon over chilled Mediterranean quinoa, basil pesto marinated chickpeas, red onions, and sun-dried tomato pesto.

Shrimp + Grits* $59

Blackened shrimp and with tomatoes, red peppers, onions, and Broadbent bacon (Kuttawa, KY) over creamy feta grits.

Red Wine Braised Brisket** $53

Red wine braised brisket, seasonal roasted vegetables, and red potatoes with herbed butter.

Pork Barbacoa** $49

Pulled pork barbacoa with black beans, caramelized onions and peppers, pickled onion, and cilantro. Served with corn tortillas.

Add a salad Kale Caesar or Garden Salad for $12. Add a bottle of red or white wine for $25.

* Available for same-day pickup after 4 pm on Toast or 3-Day lead time on Tock

** Available to pickup after 4 pm with 3-Day lead time on Tock

How to order select items for same-day pickup (after 4 pm):

1) Click here to start
2) Choose your favorite Frothy pickup location
3) Click the pencil icon next to “Pick up for”
4) Choose “Schedule for later” and select your date and pickup time (dinner is only available after 4pm)

How to make a dinner reservation

Posted by on September 11, 2020

We now offer dinner reservations!

We accept reservations for table service every day from 5 pm -close. View our menu here.

Not only are we reserving tables for table service, but we are now offering RESERVATIONS for dinner!
• Dinner only (after 5 pm) at Chattanooga, Nations, Franklin, Downtown Nashville, and East Nashville.*
• Parties of up to 6 people
• Family-friendly
• Service for breakfast + lunch are still first come first served

Check availability through OpenTable below.

Please call a location directly (numbers listed below) with any questions or for additional reservation availability.

Downtown Nashville (Avenue of the Arts) 615-891-1111
Franklin 615-465-6279
Nations 615-647-0833
East 615-988-9455
Chattanooga 423-680-6343
* Reservations are not available at 12South at this time.

About Frothy Monkey

Frothy Monkey was established in 2004. We offer breakfast, brunch every day, kids menu, lunch, dinner with beverage offerings including coffeehouse standards as well as craft beer, wine, cocktails. We nourish community through hospitality and our commitment to quality. Our food and drinks are made from scratch using original recipes and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients from regional farmers and producers whenever possible. We roast our own coffee and bake our own pastries and bread.

Frothy Monkey