Urban Southern Dishes in the Greater Franklin, TN Area

By Kaitlyn Crocker on April 30, 2014 at 6:00 am EST

An impressive collection of local restaurants gives Williamson County residents unique dining options and a range of price points that suits many budgets.


$ Elevated Southern cuisine dubbed “urban country,” Mac & 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 concert series highlights the weekend.

$$$ The Red Pony’s chef owner Jason McConnell welcomes you into 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.

Steaks, Burgers, Barbecue

$ 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.

$$ 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 burgers.

$$$ Cork & Cow serves entrees and sides with traditional Southern flair turned up a few notches.


$$ 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.

Quick Bites

$ 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.

$ 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 POTUS 44.

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Calvin LeHew, owner, The Factory