Sunday, September 21, 2014

Red Pony Restaurant

Red Pony Restaurant calls itself "sophisticated Southern", and I would have to agree.  It is a solid favorite on the Franklin restaurant scene, conveniently located on our town's historic Main Street.  It is one of Jason McConnell's restaurants (see also: 55 South, Cork & Cow, and The McConnell House venue), and it has a seasonal menu that changes about six times a year to present the freshest fare.  I love that it's right across the street from the Franklin Theatre; from where I sat on the upper floor, I had a great view of the adorable marquee!

image from Nashville Originals

WARNING: I did not get good photos of the meal.  Argh!  I was there with a group from work, so I tried to stealthily snap iPhone pics without looking conspicuous.  Fail.  So please look at some of the beautiful food photos on the restaurant website to get a better look.  Because lately, when it comes to snapping bad food photos, I'm a regular Martha Stewart.  The restaurant has an eclectic and beautiful interior, lots of wood and vintage accents.  I wish I'd captured a bit of it, but again, work events make me a little self-conscious when it comes to taking photos.

I started the night with a delicious cocktail, the Ditzy Blonde, which was grapefruit vodka, pomegranate juice, aperol, and lemon.  So good, I had TWO!  I like "girly" cocktails that many people find a bit too sweet, but there is something for everyone on Red Pony's bar menu.

To kick off the meal, we were so busy munching on appetizers, I didn't take photos!  We had hummus and pita chips, chips and housemade guacamole, flatbread pizzas... holy cow.  It was all I could do not to fill up before our meal.

For my main couse, I chose the wood-grilled beef tenderloin, which came with mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and lemon butter.  The steak was so tender, I could cut it with a regular knife!  I love the entire meal; definitely one of the best steaks I have had in the Franklin area!

Blurry photo... did the cocktails get to me?

Dessert was my absolute favorite, though.  Vanilla creme brûlée, with fresh fruit...  so good I had eaten half of it before I snapped a photo.


Overall, I'd have to say Red Pony is one of my favorite higher-end restaurants in the Franklin area.  Its food is tasty, and the drinks are great.  It is on the pricier side, so it won't be someplace I eat at frequently, but once or twice a year I think it would be worth splurging at this local gem... or during Restaurant Week!

Red Pony is open daily for dinner (closed Sundays), and reservations are accepted.  It's perfect for a cocktail before a show at Franklin Theatre, or for a special occasion dinner.

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  1. Ahh, sounds delicious! Hope you have a great Monday :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  2. Thanks!!! I love trying to eat at local restaurants.

  3. I love Red Pony. I went there for my birthday about 4 years ago and have been several times since when I am having a Treat Yo Self kinda day. The drinks are awesome. I have tried the Clint Eastwood and The Killin Me Smalls. I have also found the wait staff to be really helpful and knowledgeable. The last time I ate there, I went on and on about how delightful I found their lima bean spread that goes with the bread...and he brought out some extra.YUM! I have to learn how to make that stuff.


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