For this month’s uniquely Nashville restaurant, I ventured down south to Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Franklin though there is one in the heart of downtown Nashville as well. Having lived in Nashville for eighteen years I have heard a lot about Puckett’s. Of all the remarks there has never been one negative review, so I decided it was time I find out what all the hype was about for myself.
Upon arrival, the manager gave us a friendly welcome and told us it would be about an hour wait due to reservations. He did say however that sometimes the reservations don’t show and it could be sooner.
This was no problem as it was a beautiful night to walk around and visit the local shops on Main Street in downtown Franklin. As we were browsing in one shop we were alerted that our table was ready – it had only been about a fifteen-minute wait. Pleasantly surprised, we quickly hurried back.
When we walked back in the host informed us that there was a live band performing in about thirty minutes and asked if a front row table would be okay. Dinner and a show? Count me in! I later learned that there is typically a band performing every Tuesday through Saturday night.
The restaurant puts off a “come on in, make yourself at home” vibe. It reminded me of everyone gathering around Grandma’s table and the lanterns acting as the only lights added to the restaurant’s southern charm.
There is only one word to describe Puckett’s food: amazing.
I opted for the BBQ Platter (cherry wood smoked pork served with sweet potato fries, baked beans, and homemade slaw) mainly because there was an aroma of BBQ in the restaurant that was too enticing to pass up. When the waitress sat my meal down in front of me I was amazed at the generous portions. I was glad I came hungry, though it wasn’t tough to finish because everything was incredible.
The BBQ was so savory that it didn’t even need sauce. Most places you would only get two sides, but not at Puckett’s – you get three sides and a hot cake. I also exchanged the sweet potato fries for onion rings, which were delicious.
Other menu options include Cajun Chicken and Waffles, Piggy Mac (cherry wood smoked pulled pork in an iron skillet, topped with smoked Gouda Mac ‘n Cheese), and a Moonshine Platter (Atlantic Salmon or chicken breast grilled to perfection, brushed with signature moonshine glaze, served with mashed sweet potatoes and steamed veggies) all of which I’m sure are equally as tasty as my meal.
From the friendly workers, the relaxed, southern ambiance, and the savory, generously portioned food, the overall dining experience of Puckett’s was just what any person should expect when dining out. I found out what all the hype was about and I will definitely be back for more of Puckett’s BBQ.