Franklin, TN's Best Restaurants
The best places to eat in Franklin have roots in Williamson County.
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Williamson County offers a slice of the good life, where residents have many great restaurant choices. Here is a quick background of the local dining scene that sizzles:
Long-Standing Franklin, TN Restaurants
Iconic eateries that continue to grace the Williamson County food scene include Merridee's Breadbasket and The Bunganut Pig. There is also Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, which got its start in Leiper's Fork and has since opened a similar eatery on Fourth Avenue South in downtown Franklin. Puckett's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu items such as barbecue and ribs that the kitchen staff hickory-smokes.
Puckett's recently rolled out its newest offering, Trolley Parton, which is the first food trolley to debut in the area. It offers made-to-order items such as smoked pork, chicken, burgers, sweet potato fries and cobblers, and also provides signature Puckett's menu selections including catfish tacos and the brisket chimichanga. Trolley Parton can be reserved for private events and festivals.
Another landmark is Dotson's, a Franklin mainstay restaurant for more than 60 years. It specializes in old-fashioned “meat-and-three” meals, where customers typically order meat and three side items such as corn, fried green tomatoes and white beans.
Cool Springs Restaurant Destinations
Cool Springs has dozens of great restaurants, and two popular hotspots are Tupelo Honey Cafe and Cool Springs Brewery. The cafe offers a delightful range of southern inspired foods and every meal starts with fresh-made buscuits. The brewery serves craft beer and New York style pizzas, along with English favorites like fish-n-chips and other pub food.
Relatively new to Cool Springs are Granite City Food and Brewery, Drake's as well as Newk's. Drake's features a neighborhood bar-and-grill setting where the motto is “Come Play,” while Newk's has casual in-cafe dining with menu choices such as gourmet pizza, tossed salads and toasted sandwiches. Granite City offers craft beers along with an extensive menu that includes steaks, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes.
More Popular Franklin Dining Spots
Other great places for sit-down meals in Williamson County include Saffire Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, Franklin Chop House and Joe Natural's Farm Store & Cafe. Sal's Family Pizza serves New York-style pizza and other New England favorite dishes, all made with homemade dough, sauces and meatballs.
Franklin Farmers Market
For the freshest of food choices, visit the Franklin Farmers Market at The Factory. It is open year round on Saturdays, and there are two market days each week during the summer season. More than 70 family farms from Middle Tennessee are part of Franklin Farmers Market. The outdoor pavilion sells organic meats, eggs, milk, cheese, herbs, plants, baked goods and, of course, fresh produce.
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