Archives for: April 2015

Restaurants in Franklin TN : #9 55 South in Downtown Franklin

04/23/15 | by blogger | Categories: Biography

My fiance and I typically eat out at a restaurant every evening meal, and after several years of doing this, it has become drudgery to try to decide where to eat every night. We usually spend 10 minutes of going back and forth with “Do you want to eat here?” “How about there?", etc. Finally, I came up with a solution. I found a web page that ranks all the restaurants in Franklin, TN (it lists almost 300 of them), and we decided we would simply go to each restaurant in the order of their ranking. Then I decided I would blog on each restaurant here.

2015/04/20 Monday: #9 Ranking, 55 South

55SouthOysters

This restaurant is in downtown Franklin, we had never been there before and were under the impression that it was a mexican restaurant. One thing we did hear about it is that they have really good grilled oysters.

So we enter the restaurant through the bar area and are seated immediately, we are there at about 5:30, so it is before the dinner rush and on a Monday. The waiter is very personable and helpful, my fiance has to eat gluten free so the waiter brings a gluten free menu. This menu has numerous options for her and she is please with that.

We quickly realize the restaurant is Cajun style food, not Mexican, but we like both so that is not an issue. We of course order the grilled oysters as an appetizer, since it is the only thing we have heard about.

For entrees, I order the Chicken and Andouille sausage Jambalaya. My fiance orders the Mahi with cheese grits and grilled asparagus. I ask for mild seasoning on the Jambalaya. I like a little spice, but not so much that I can’t taste the food.

What we get is food that is so over spiced that it is difficult to eat. The Mahi was so hot my fiance couldn’t eat it. I couldn’t taste much of the Jambalya because it was over spiced.

On the plus side, the grilled oysters were good.

It is unlikely that we would go back to 55 South, if we did, it would only be for the grilled oysters.

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Restaurants in Franklin, TN: #2 House of India

04/17/15 | by blogger | Categories: Biography

My fiance and I typically eat out at a restaurant every evening meal, and after several years of doing this, it has become drudgery to try to decide where to eat every night. We usually spend 10 minutes of going back and forth with “Do you want to eat here?” “How about there?", etc. Finally, I came up with a solution. I found a web page that ranks all the restaurants in Franklin, TN (it lists almost 300 of them), and we decided we would simply go to each restaurant in the order of their ranking. Then I decided I would blog on each restaurant here.

2015/04/16 Thursday: #2 Ranking, House of India

The second restaurant on the list is the “House of India” which claims to serve “Fine Indian Cuisine", and indeed they do.

We were greeted at the door by the owner, who welcomed us and immediately showed us to a table. The wait staff was excellent, attentive, and professional during our meal.

If you have ever been to a professionally run and staffed restaurant before, you recognize and appreciate a professional wait staff when you see it. This is the kind of wait staff that is NOT working their way through college, or just waiting tables until something better comes along. The staff here are professional waiters, trained in the art of restaurant service. That is a rare thing in the restaurant business these days, so much so, that it is very noticable and pleasant when you encounter it.

The menu has a wide variety of Indian food, and all of it gluten free, except for the bread. However, as an accompaniments to the meal, they serve a gluten free crispy bread made from lentils called “Papadum” with a variety of condiments. You may remember from the previous restaurant review, my fiance is alergic to gluten, so the gluten free Papadum bread was well received by her. She is unable to eat breads in most restaurants.

We ordered an appetizer called “Vegetable Pakora” which is described in the menu as: Fresh vegetables dipped in a delicately spiced chick peas batter & fried to golden perfection.

It was excellent and we would order it again.

My fiance ordered the “Tandoori Chicken” and when it came to the table, we realized the portion size was enough for two people. It was very good and she would order it again.

I usually like to try things I have never eaten before, so I ordered the “Goat Masala". This dish was described in the menu as: Pieces of goat cooked with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes in creamy sauce. As with the Tandoori Chicken, the portion size was enough for two people. Again it was excellent and I would order it again, however there were so many things on the menu I would like to try, it may be a while before I get around to ordering it again.

When we were finished eating, the owner brought each of us a serving of “Kheer” which is “A traditional basmati rice pudding, flavored with almonds & pistachios.” It was very good, and that is coming from a person who is not really a fan of rice pudding.

So far I have had nothing negative to say about the “House of India", but nothing is perfect. So as I write these blog reviews of the Franklin TN restaurants, I think I must identify at least one thing that was not perfect or needed improvement at each restaurant. At the House of India the only thing I was able to identify is that it took the waiter too long to bring the check. However, once he brought the check, he did pick it up and process the credit card quickly. This seems to be a pet peeve with me, how long it takes the waiter to bring the check once the meal is complete.

Conclusion: The “House of India” is indeed one of the best restaurants in Franklin, TN, if not the best. I highly recommend it.

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Restaurants in Franklin TN : #1 The Red Pony

04/16/15 | by blogger | Categories: Biography

My fiance and I typically eat out at a restaurant every evening meal, and after several years of doing this, it has become drudgery to try to decide where to eat every night. We usually spend 10 minutes of going back and forth with “Do you want to eat here?” “How about there?", etc. Finally, I came up with a solution. I found a web page that ranks all the restaurants in Franklin, TN (it lists almost 300 of them), and we decided we would simply go to each restaurant in the order of their ranking. Then I decided I would blog on each restaurant here.

2015/04/15 : #1 Ranking, The Red Pony

The first stop on the list, #1 ranking, was the Red Pony in Downtown Franklin. It is a small place in an old building, but very nice. It has been a couple of years since we ate here, and it has an all new menu now with some interesting selections. One thing to know about what we choose to eat, is that my fiance is alergic to gluten and only eats gluten free foods.

We ordered a guacamole appetizer which came with corn chips and jicama slices, it was very good and unusual with the Jicama slices. I don’t know of any other restaurant around Franklin that serves Jicama.

For my entree, I ordered a dish called “Elk Ragu” and my fiance had “Shrimp and Grits".

I was expecting Elk Sausage link(s) in a tomato sauce, what I got was different. It was ground Elk sausage in a
bolognese sauce, with some wide egg noodles in the center. It was very spicy, it was good, but very spicy. I would probably not order it again.

My fiance’s dish “Shrimp and Grits", was also different from what either of us expected. In other Cajun restaurants, Shrimp and Grits is typically a bowl of cheese grits, with blackened or Cajun grilled shrimp. Here at the Red Pony, it was more of a Shrimp Jambalaya over cheese grits. The Jambalaya consisted of very good grilled shrimp, mushrooms, and vegetables. It was excellent, both of us would order it again.

Conclusion: Mixed reviews, although my “Elk Ragu” was good, I was expecting more, and for that reason I was disappointed. The Shrimp and Grits was excellent, and so was the guacamole with Jicama. So we will go back to the Red Pony, but I’ll try something else next time.

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