One of my very favorite Nashville Originals independently owned restaurants is 55 South, in the heart of downtown Franklin. 55 South was named after the interstate that links Memphis and New Orleans, and its food matches the local cuisines found there, from barbecue to crayfish pies. And it’s still a thrill to see a local place pop up on national television, and we’re proud to say that it’s happening more and more around here!
55 South has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with the colorful host Guy Fieri in his recognizable classic red convertible. Located in downtown Franklin, 55 South serves Southern comfort food. Owner Jason McConnell, who also owns Red Pony Restaurant, has combined creole cuisine with delicious sandwiches and barbecue.
The menu includes Cajun classics such as shrimp and grits and chicken and sausage jambalaya. If you want more of the Memphis vibe, 55 South offers variety with smoked queso with barbecue brisket and a fabulous fried pork chop sandwich. How much more Southern could you get?!
55 South offers different specials everyday:
MONDAY $5 Guacamole
TUESDAY 1/2 price Bottles of Wine
WEDNESDAY $5 Sol Margaritas
THURSDAY $5 Cosmopolitans and Lemon Drop Martinis
SATURDAY & SUNDAY Brunch from 10am-3pm
On Saturdays and Sundays, 55 South offers brunch, and there’s a great twist to the typical Sunday brunch: a “Bloody Mary” bar where guests can make their own drinks however they’d like. Endless mimosas are another intriguing brunch option.
If you’re up for a challenge, you can participate in the oyster eating contest to get your name on their Oyster Wall of Fame. To do this, you’ll have to eat 10 dozen oysters in less than 30 minutes. Eat at your own risk!
Don’t worry if the restaurant is crowded due to its smaller size. It’s definitely worth the wait! Its location also allows guests to roam downtown Franklin, which was voted the “Best Small Town in Tennessee.” Unique menu options along with the quaint ambiance makes 55 South a Franklin/Nashville staple.