As I mentioned in my post last week for Nashville, I have this standing folder of food photos that I've been saving for "where I've been eating" posts, and now I've got enough to write one for Franklin! (Click here for more posts about where to eat in Nashville, and where to eat in Franklin.)
Gray's on Main
I've been going to Gray's to meet up with friends since 2013 (read my original post here), and I still love it for the cocktails. While I do prefer some other downtown spots for food, I did have a fancy dinner at Gray's for work that was pretty good. Definitely made for a pretty picture! I think my reco is to do drinks and apps at Gray's then hit up another spot for dinner. Worth mentioning because it's kind of become this iconic spot downtown (and it's beautiful!).
McCreary's Irish Pub
YES to McCreary's Irish Pub, a tiny hole-in-the-wall on Main Street! It's the only Irish Pub I know of in the area. It's tiny. Seat yourself, because that's the only way you'll get served, as it's so small you can't stand around. Fire codes, y'all. But once you squeeze in, you're in for a treat. Their fish and chips are awesome (and their chicken tenders, if you're not a fish person), and they have baked potatoes and other goodness. I haven't had a bad bite here, ever. And of course, Guinness, Magners, and other Irish drinks of choice. I need to get here more often.
I visited Chapman's a couple years back, when it used to park its trailer by Landmark Booksellers. I think it might have actually had another set of owners since my first visit. It went out of commission for a while for an overhaul of the old wagon, and a lot of people didn't love the changes to the menu. It just wasn't the same anymore. That said, I had a steak and egg sandwich and potatoes from the truck while they were parked at a local brewery this fall... and it was AWESOME. Honestly, it was the best meal I've had from Chapman's, ever. So while there are still folks mourning the way it used to be, and their favorite old menu items, I will admit that I like the new taste now. Great seasoning and food all-around.
Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish
Big Shake's is officially my favorite hot chicken in Franklin. Judge me if you want, but I get tenders. (Hot chicken purists think you should only have bone-in...) But even the purists will agree that Big Shake's is delicious, and that their catfish is excellent. I usually get Crybaby heat and it's hot enough for me. The fries are SO GOOD and the perfect complement for the spice. I also love how close it is to where I work and live, bonus points.
This cute little bakery is a great lunch spot in downtown Franklin, right near Puckett's. Meridee's has a great apple bacon panini that I like, complete with their own freshly baked breads, perfectly paired with some tomato soup. You order at the counter and then they bring your food out or call your number. I've also heard they make great pies and desserts.
Where have you been eating lately?
What's your favorite Franklin spot?