Southern Foods to Savor in Greater Franklin, TN Area
Williamson County dining options range from upscale to down home
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins
A wide variety of local restaurants give Williamson County residents and visitors unique dining options at a range of price points.
$ Elevated Southern cuisine dubbed “urban country,” Mack and Kate's offers delicate dishes made with the love of the South.
$$ Catch the spring breeze on Wild Iris’ outdoor patio and snack on handcrafted appetizers or partake of the full bar.
$$ Once Gray Drug Co., Gray's on Main has become a hotspot for dining and drinking with the best Southern spirits. Sunday night concerts highlight the weekend.
$$$ The Red Pony’s chef/owner Jason McConnell fosters a relaxed but upscale atmosphere where you can chat easily over a glass of wine or peer through a wall of glass into the kitchen as top chefs cook over an oak grill.
$$$ Cork & Cow serves entrees and sides with traditional Southern flair turned up a few notches.
$$ Fly South to Leiper's Fork for hearty soups, salads and burgers dreamed up by executive chef/Food Network champ Kristen Gregory, plus an ample beer-and-wine selection. (Reservations recommended.)
$$ Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station is an event-focused, farm-to-table dining destination under development by Puckett's owner Andy Marshall.
$ Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint is a classic joint that's easy on your wallet without sacrificing deliciousness. You’ll bite into succulent burgers, brisket, catfish, stews and killer barbecue.
$ Todd Masters (the barbecue sauce guy) instituted Jack of Hearts Bar-B-Que after devising his prized recipe one night in his kitchen. Legendary sauces for sale on location.
$ Texas-sized pork, brisket, ribs and chicken make mouths water at Judge Bean's Bar-B-Que in Brentwood.
$$ Born of kitchen traditions, Sopapilla's conjures the flavors of New Mexico, from Margaritas to the tacos.
$$ Local Taco presents Tex Mex cuisine infused with Southern and local flavors.
$$$ Wild Ginger tenders an eclectic blend of Pan-Asian, South American and Western cuisine. “The fusion here is something you often find in a big city… you can experience so many blended cultures on one plate,” says frequent customer Kalina Neely.
Coffee & Juice Shops
$ Frothy Monkey incessantly smells of fresh-drip coffees and swirling lattes while locals enjoy caffeine breaks, lunch dates and even special evening events. Across town at Fat Bottom Brewery, find coffee-infused porter Java Jane.
$ Known for its greens, roots and power shots, Juicebar in Brentwood makes healthy drinking taste delicious.
$ Jamba Juice serves up classic smoothies, yogurt bowls and more at its McEwen Drive shop just south of Cool Springs.
$ Maui Wowi recently opened in fast-growing south Franklin near Peytonsville Road, offering fresh-fruit, nonfat smoothies and Hawaiian coffees with a tropical-island vibe.
$ Begun by Meridee’s grandmother, who came from Sweden to Minnesota, in Merridee's Breadbasket you’ll find baked goods, boxed lunches, coffees and extended breakfast/lunch menus.
$ The fish tacos and burrito bowls are rivaled only by the margaritas at Swankys Taco Shop in Cool Springs.
$ Puckett's anchors Leiper's Fork with its country charm, Southern favorites and live music. The fare at its downtown Franklin and Nashville locations, along with seafood-friendly Puckett's Boat House in Franklin, is just as savory.
$$ Burger Up focuses on building a citizen collective in its communal space and purchasing from local farms, promoting sustainable local business while grilling its famous patties.