Dining with Your Valentine
Historic Downtown Franklin is filled with tasty dining options for Valentine’s Day – February 14th
Check out the top restaurant picks:
Cork & Cow – 403 Main St., Franklin TN 37064
Cozy up to your honey and enjoy a cocktails and a four course meal. Chef Jason McConnell opened Cork & Cow in 2011. Our restaurant emphasizes both great steaks and wine. Cork & Cow features over 100 bottles of wine, an exceptional cocktail program, extensive cuts of steak and exceptional seafood. The menu changes up to eight times a year to showcase the season’s best offerings. Ingredients are sourced locally as often as possible and an attention to the exceptional can be seen in dishes like the Tomahawk. See the full menu here. Reservations are required and are available by phone at 615-538-6021.
Red Pony Restaurant – 408 Main St. Franklin, TN 37064
Dine with a four course gourmet meal at Red Pony Restaurant in beautiful downtown Franklin. Since opening in 2006, Red Pony Restaurant has offered guests a unique take on fine dining. Owner and Executive Chef Jason McConnell’s eclectic approach to Southern cuisine delivers innovative and flavorful dishes in an inviting, upscale environment. Our mission is to deliver exceptional food with unparalleled service. Every “First-time guest” is hoped to be a future “Regular”.The first of McConnell’s several concepts, Red Pony Restaurant is the winner of several accolades. See the full menu here. Reservations are required, and available by phone 615-595-7669.
Frothy Monkey – 125 5th Ave South, Franklin, TN 37064
For a more casual option visit Frothy Monkey. Frothy Monkey is an all day cafe, specialty coffee roaster, and wholesale bakery with cafes and production facilities in Nashville, Franklin, and Chattanooga Tennessee. They serve breakfast, brunch every day until 5, kids menu, lunch + dinner with expanded beverage offerings including coffeehouse standards as well as craft beer, wine + cocktails. Food and drinks are made from scratch using original recipes and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients from regional farmers and producers whenever possible. Enjoy a three course dinner all weekend long. To view the menu, click here. There are no reservations needed.
GRAY’S on Main – 332 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064
Housed in one of the most historic buildings in downtown Franklin, Tennessee, GRAY’S on Main places a modern flourish on Southern culinary traditions. The kitchen is dedicated to creating clean and complex profiles that represent the roots of our culture—with a bit of global influence sprinkled in.To view the menu, click here. Reservations are required and are available by phone at 615-435-3603.
JJ’s Wine Bar – 206 E. Main St. | Franklin, TN 37064
JJ’s Wine Bar is an upscale wine bar with a trendy edge, located in the heart of historic downtown Franklin. Situated on the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue, the building was originally a private residence, and is now listed on the National Historic Registry. Outdoor seating is available on the charming porch that wraps around the side of the building, as well as on the front courtyard.
Puckett’s – 120 4th Ave S Franklin, TN 37064
Puckett’s roots stretch way back to the 1950’s and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Ever since then they have been focused on providing friends, new and old, with great food and Southern hospitality. Six restaurants later, that aim still rings true. Puckett’s has built a name on hosting live, local musical acts and serving Southern staples. Authentic comfort food classics, like the meat & 3 specials and their famous slow-smoked BBQ, in a laid-back and downhome atmosphere is what they aim for you to remember. See the menu here.
55 South Franklin – 403 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064
Some of the best food in the South can be found along the stretch of Interstate 55 that runs all the way from Memphis to New Orleans. Chef Jason McConnell brings his favorite flavors off the road to the menu of 55 South.
The menu at 55 South showcases McConnell’s take on the down-home, southern comfort food he’s enjoyed his whole life. From the po’ boys and jambalaya of New Orleans, to raw oysters and peel-n-eat shrimp from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and local classics like fried green tomatoes, the flavors at 55 South take diners on a culinary tour of the Delta.
Mere Bulles – 5201 Maryland Way Brentwood, TN 37027
A short drive south from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nashville, Mere Bulles is conveniently located in Maryland Farms just off of I-65 between Nashville and historic Franklin. At Mere Bulles, you’ll find neighbors, business executives, celebrities, sports figures, Nashvillian’s and tourists all raving about our “new-old” Southern dining experience and some of the best outdoor dining in the mid-state. Savor a cup of our notorious she crab bisque prior to feasting on succulent seared fish. Wine is always half-priced by the bottle, so treat yourself or top off that delicious meal by sharing a bottle with a friend, loved one, coworker or guest. Settle into one of our cozy dining rooms, the bright and vibrant indoor patio, the elegant outdoor patio, or perch yourself on our one-of-a-kind balcony overlooking the nearby hills.
Mere Bulles’ menu is a concert of fine American Southern and traditional steakhouse fare. They offer everything from fresh salads to rib rolls or shrimp & grits at lunch, while they proudly serve freshly caught fish, fine steaks, veal and other specialties in the evening. Click here for the dinner menu.