Franklin, TN's Best Restaurants

By Kevin Litwin on February 27, 2012 at 12:45 am EST

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 Noshville and Boscos. Noshville is an authentic New York-style delicatessen, and Boscos offers a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and gourmet pizzas, plus seasoned beers and microbrews with names like Bosco's Brown Ale and Tennessee Cream Ale.

Relatively new to Cool Springs are 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.

More Popular Franklin Dining Spots

Other great places for sit-down meals in Williamson County include Saffire Restaurant, Mellow MushroomFranklin 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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