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Franklin Tennessee is more than just a charming town south of Nashville, it is home to some amazing restaurants. The eat scene of Franklin draws people from neighboring areas in just to enjoy a good bite. Franklin is home to long-standing neighborhood favorites and up and coming newbies with innovative flair on traditional dishes.Best Places to Eat in Franklin Tennessee

Here are Some of the Best-Loved Restaurants in Franklin:


55 South

A New Orleans style establishment with the best fresh oysters around, named after the Interstate that connects Memphis to New Orleans.

Step inside and you will feel like you have been transported to the Cajun bayou, with weathered wood, exposed brick, reclaimed materials, and other great decorative touches. Locals like to hop in after work for the best happy hour appetizers. The menu is full of classic New Orleans food such as Po’ boys, gumbo, and jambalaya.


Copper Kettle

A cheery family friendly place with classic homemade dishes.

It is not uncommon to find the same people come in on certain days of the week. Copper Kettle is popular for their “Meat and Three” daily specials.  The most popular meal is Sunday brunch, but other chart-topping specials include Tuesday’s country style meatloaf or Thursday’s eggs Benedict.


Cork and Cow

A locally owned upscale steakhouse.

Serving up the best cuts from locally and regionally sourced beef, picked by Jason McConnell a well known local restaurateur who utilizes his knowledge of growing up on a cattle farm in North Tennessee. The beef  is cooked over an open flame burning oak and hickory. Though the showcase is steak, the menu provides a great selection of other tasty dishes including pork, chicken, and seafood.


Gray’s on Main

Traditional southern dishes with flair in a historic setting.

Once a 19th-century pharmacy the ambiance is unique and special, with old prescription containers and the original ceiling tiles. Each floor has its own purpose: walk into the main entrance for the full menu restaurant, the second-floor houses a bar and music hall, the upper third level is host to a private members-only supper club. Find a menu full of southern favorites made from local ingredients with some surprising modern twists thrown in.


Mack and Kates

A family-owned spot named for the daughters that makes you feel like you are eating in their home.

Walk in and feel like you are dining with a friend surrounded by homestyle furnishings and greeted with thoughtful service and good old real southern hospitality. The family describes their menu as urban country and sophisticated Southern. Pop in any day of the week for lunch and dinner or get there right at opening on Sunday for their famous brunch.


Merridee’s Bread Basket

Welcoming and community-oriented cafe with healthy meals made from scratch.

Most famous for their bakery this restaurant serves up homemade style sandwiches, soups, quiches, salads, cookies, cakes, and pastries.  The daily specials are continually changing but always fresh and delicious. The chicken salad sandwich is a local favorite. You can catch local undiscovered talent playing live music on Saturday nights.


Puckett’s Grocery

A popular and unique restaurant that is part grocery store, part music hall, and part restaurant.

It is not uncommon to see a line out the door of excited and expectant diners. A laid back atmosphere serving up the best southern eats. Looking for some fried catfish? This is the spot to get it. Also popular is the cherry smoked BBQ dishes. The live music at Puckett’s is highly popular as Puckett’s is known for introducing talented singers and song writers to the local scene.


Red Pony

One of the most award-winning restaurants in Franklin.

A great place to go for contemporary eats with a nod to southern tradition. The restaurant is well decorated with upscale furnishings and decor but still allows for a laid-back dining experience.  Shrimp and grits is a popular menu item here. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and eager to accommodate anyone with special dietary needs including food allergies.


Wild Ginger

The spot for great Asian food, especially if you love sushi.

A wonderful spot with an upscale “industrial” atmosphere. Wild Ginger serves a wide range of Asian inspired dishes as well as an extensive sushi menu. The “Green Envy” is a popular favorite among sushi lovers.

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