Southern Style Restaurants in Franklin, TN


Kevin Litwin

on April 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm EST
Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant in Downtown Franklin, TN.


Skillet-fried chicken with corn bread dressing or baked pork chops with macaroni and cheese. What could be better?

If you’re looking for comfort food, look no further than Franklin, Tennessee. Here, Southern cuisine is as plentiful as the portions that are served at many area restaurants.

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant got its start as a culinary destination 10 years ago in Leipers Fork, and owner Andy Marshall added a similar eatery on Fourth Avenue South in downtown Franklin in 2005 and another in downtown Nashville in 2010.

“We serve great food, and the residents of both Leipers Fork and Franklin really support us,” Marshall says. “We have a menu filled with Southern favorites, including barbecue and ribs that the kitchen staff hickory smokes itself.”

Puckett’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at both locations and can seat 70 customers in Leiper's Fork and 110 in Franklin. “We make all of our breads and desserts from scratch at Puckett’s,” Marshall adds. “And our lunch and dinner menu include favorites such as smoked bologna, fried catfish and mushroom-Swiss hamburgers.”


And then there’s Dotson’s, a Franklin mainstay that has been in business for over 60 years. Dotson’s is an old-fashioned meat-and-three, where customers typi­cally order meat and three side items, such as corn, fried green tomatoes or white beans.

“Our meals make customers feel a little closer to mom’s or grandma’s cooking,” says Arthur McCloud, owner of Dotson’s. “Another perk of eating here is that famous musicians, entertainers and politicians often stop in to break bread with us. A lot of people regard Dotson’s as their favorite place to visit whenever they want a plate of real Southern cooking.”

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