1544 Bear Creek Pike
Columbia, TN 38401
Phone: (931) 388-2500
Fax: (931) 388-2595
Nestled in the quiet setting of Carter's Court, this cozy Bunganut Pig club serves classic British "pub grub" and features live music nightly. A warm and friendly wait staff and pleasant atmosphere create a perfect setting to relax over a stout and a juicy steak. But don't get too relaxed, the music starts in the evening each night, and there is very little quiet time after that. Come early, and enjoy a good meal. Don't forget to ask your server to tell you the "Pig Story."
In case the name didn't give it away, Franklin's specialty is meat. Chicken, ribs and beef are served up in classic American style. Enormous portions and reasonable prices make this restaurant a favorite with families and large groups. The menu deviates from the basic meat dishes to pasta and seafood platters. They are equally tasty and reasonably priced. Extra hungry patrons choosing should try the authentic Maryland Crab Cakes for an appetizer. Dessert lovers must indulge in the Oreo Cookie ice cream pie.
McCreary's is the real deal Irish pub and eatery. Guests are welcomed from Franklin, Tennessee straight into Ireland, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when live Celtic music adds the perfect ambiance for a pint of Guinness and fish and chips. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, McCreary's serves up a traditional Irish breakfast menu which includes such familiar Irish dishes as Ulster fry, bangers and hot potatoes, and bread pudding French toast. The service and atmosphere at McCreary's is exactly as you would expect from a good Irish pub: friendly and inviting. -Lynn-nore Chittom
Saffire Restaurant and Bar offers a fantastic selection of Southern comforts blended with a variety of ethnic influences to create delicious, one-of-kind entrees. Saffire's location in The Factory in Franklin - an old converted factory building which now houses restaurants, shops and art galleries - is a perfect match for their menu. Guests at Saffire enjoy the beautiful blend of dark woods with mix-and-match tables and chairs, high ceilings with large factory windows, industrial modern art and the warmth from the fire in the exposed kitchen. The exotic flavors at Saffire range from Mozzarella Salad with homemade mozzarella to Mahi Mahi tacos to shrimp and grits - a fabulous must-have on any good Creole-inspired Southern comfort menu. -Lynn-nore Chittom
Music City Dog House combines two Nashville favorites: music and hot dogs. For a city only known nation-wide for the one, there are quite a few independently owned hot dog diners, dives and restaurants scattered throughout the city. Despite this, only one features menu favorites such as the Chart Topper, the Starving Artist, and the One Hit Wonder. Guests at Music City Dog House may choose to go with an old-faithful or get a little creative with the extremely popular Cut Your Own Record dog. Thrill-seeking guests can add a Tennessee Tornado Potato as a side order. As creative as their menu is, dogs at Music City Dog House speak for themselves as a delicious, if not nutritious meal. -Lynn-nore Chittom
Oscar's Taco Shop is a true family-owned business with all six Nashville locations owned and operated by Oscar Ruiz and members of his extended family. With a wide selection of Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants throughout Middle Tennessee area, Oscar's shops are set apart by their distinctive Southern California style of Mexican food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy delicious So-Cal Mexican fare all day long. Customer favorites include the fish tacos, the California burritos and the grilled meat carne asada tacos. The service, atmosphere, excellent price, and tasty Baja flavors make a trip to any of the Oscar's locations well worth the time. - Lynn-nore Chittom
Chef Paul's brings Cajun comfort food to the Cool Springs Galleria shopping area. With a strip mall location, this Cajun spot is casual and comfortable, if a little sparse. The food is tasty, but not super spicy, like at some Cajun restaurants. Chef Paul's offers traditional Cajun favorites at very affordable prices, and gives guests delicious complimentary hush puppies while they wait for their food to arrive. Chef Paul's is the perfect place to stop in for some good gumbo, red beans and rice, a po boy, or some crawfish etoufee after a long day of shopping. If you're not in the mood for straight-up Cajun, Chef Paul's also offers a great selection of beefed-up burgers. The spinach and artichoke burger and the poblano burger are both well worth the visit. -Lynn-nore Chittom
J Christopher's is the just the right spot for a delicious breakfast or brunch in the Franklin, Cool Springs and Brentwood side of Nashville. The entrées and service are both fantastic. The portions are perfect, and each meal includes a tasty side dish. Be sure to try one of their amazing breakfast skillet dishes, such as the Spinach and Bacon or Oven Roasted Turkey and Avocado. They begin serving lunch at 11a, but continue to offer their breakfast menu until closing time. If you're there for lunch, try the Salmon BLT. It's one of a kind! - Lynn-nore Chittom
Which Wich was designed to stand out among sandwich shops, and it doesn't disappoint. With bright and bold décor and a menu full of unique choices and combinations, Which Wich is a great place to go if you are in the mood for something different. To keep your mind on your tastes and not on your wallet, all of the sandwiches are exactly the same price regardless of what you get. While Which Wich doesn't serve soups or salads, they do offer breakfast options all day long. - Lynn-nore Chittom
Bishop's Good to Go offers delicious, home-cooked, home-style meals everyday but Sunday. The atmosphere is comfortable, and the servers are super family-friendly. As one of the best meat-and-three's in Nashville, Bishop's offers a variety of unique, homemade menu choices including carrot soufflé, cucumber salad and chess pie. Check out their website for the daily menu which includes the meat and dessert of the day, but if you get a chance, be there on Tuesday or Saturday for their chicken fried steak. It's worth the visit. - Lynn-nore Chittom
Cajun Steamer is the real deal on cajun cooking straight from the Big Easy. It's casual atmosphere reminds guests of an evening down on the bayou. The food is incredible, with one dish tastier than the next. The gumbo and the blue crab and fried green tomatoes are both fabulous starters, but a variety of other appetizers are also available including alligator and boudin. The entrees include all manner of Cajun seafood as a well as a variety of chicken dishes. Cajun Steamer has the best selection of Cajun food in Nashville at this price point and is well worth a visit. - Lynn-nore Chittom
Criallos Restaurant & Bar offers one of the best dining experiences in the Cool Springs shopping district. Located in an unassuming strip mall, Criallo's is a diamond hiding in the rough. This fabulous little bistro is a delightfully classy respite from the business of life. Delicious entrees from Chef Jose, coupled with a glass of wine and live piano or jazz make dinner and drinks at Criallo's particularly relaxing and romantic. The ambiance and vibe at Criallo's is particularly attractive to the sophisticated, young, business crowd. To spice things up, Criallo's sometimes offers a special evening of small samplers and wine tasting. Call for more information. -Lynn-nore Chittom