Franklin’s Finest includes many familiar friends and some new faces as well.
Franklin Lifestyle is pleased to present THE BEST OF FRANKLIN!
The following pages will reveal the top businesses in 45 different categories as selected by you, the readers of Franklin Lifestyle. The balloting was fierce, with many winners prevailing by the narrowest of margins in this winner-take-all contest! If you agree, patronize the winners. If you think otherwise, tell us about it. And if we omitted a category, let us hear about that, too.
And now we bring you, THE BEST OF FRANKLIN.
110 Fourth Avenue South
Jim Kreider and his team of dedicated bakers, cooks and customer service staff, continue to provide local patrons and visitors from far and wide a truly unique and delightful experience. Everything is made from scratch, the old-fashioned way with no premade mixes – just bags of flour, whole grains and sugar, flats of eggs and cases of real creamery butter for the best pies, brownies, cookies and breads in town.
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
7238 Nolensville Road
Pat Martin learned the art and craft of West Tennessee-style smoke and meat 25 years ago. It was a consuming passion that eventually became Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in 2006. The 5-store chain includes a location in Nolensville that has become a destination for folks from Franklin and all across the region.
BEST BREAKFAST / BRUNCH
1834 West McEwen Drive
1000 Meridian Boulevard
At the crack of dawn each morning, First Watch begins slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up their French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order, and freshness is never compromised – no heat lamps or deep fryers. Guests appreciate a full pot – not just a cup – of the restaurant’s Sunrise Select Premium Blend coffee, along with complimentary newspaper and WiFi.
401 Cool Springs Blvd.
Local beef, produce, full bar and family friendly. That’s how Burger Up separates itself from the competition. Their grass-fed and grain-finished beef has no hormones or antibiotics and is delivered fresh daily from Bear Creek Farm. Ketchup and sauces are made in-house. Even the buns are baked locally. With such a strong emphasis on local food, it’s no wonder that it’s so popular with local people, too.
Gray’s on Main
332 Main Street
Gray’s on Main anchors the north end of Downtown Franklin’s historic Main Street. The late 1800s building is an ideal setting for a bar program that boasts a handcrafted cocktail menu that can stand up to any in the country. Owners Joni and Michael Cole are serious about creating a guest experience that is steeped in tradition and hospitality. Locals and visitors alike will drink to that.
Cork & Cow
403 Main Street
Cork & Cow emphasizes both great steaks and wine. Cork & Cow features over 100 bottles of wine, an ambitious 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.
BEST MEXICAN CUISINE
1340 West Main Street
Pueblo Real features an ample menu of authentic Mexican fare and a full bar, as well as vegetarian dishes and a children’s menu. The family-owned establishment offers drink specials, trivia contests and live entertainment. Dine-in, carryout and catering services are available.
BEST ASIAN CUISINE
101 Market Exchange Court
Wild Ginger is the only multi-category Best of Franklin winner. Owners Andrew Siao and John Chen have developed a fine-dining experience that gives guests a taste of traditional Pacific Rim fare, while maintaining a contemporary Cool Springs vibe. The restaurant features a blend of Pan-Asian, South American and Western cuisine. Popular dishes include miso sea bass, braised short rib and a wide array of signature maki and tapas.
317 Main Street
This funky, art-filled chain pizzeria features craft beer, calzones and creative stone-baked pizzas in the heart of downtown. Added attractions include a beer club and merchandise. Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. with $2 selected domestic drafts, and discounted premium drafts, house wines and munchies.
BEST TAVERN / SPORTS BAR
Cool Springs Brewery
600A Frazier Drive
Locally owned Cool Springs Brewery (CSB) is home to Franklin’s First, which claims to be the first commercially produced beer in the city. The family friendly establishment has a distinct and relaxed local feel while providing high-quality food, beverages and service. Live music is presented on Friday and Saturday nights. There are multiple televisions throughout the restaurant and bar, including a mammoth 127-inch screen.
Puckett’s Boat House
94 East Main Street
Puckett’s Boat House will make you nostalgic for family vacations and good times. They do this through a one-two punch of Puckett’s trademark Southern fare with a signature Boat House twist. The grill and oyster bar menus offer wide-ranging flavors of by-the-shore dishes that are reminiscent of the Gulf coast and the Big Easy, plus Southern staples that draw from the Marshall family’s Nashville and Memphis roots.
BEST COFFEE SHOP
125 Fifth Avenue South
Frothy Monkey features creative folks using local ingredients to prepare original dishes served in a cozy and approachable atmosphere. The small, Nashville-based chain’s Downtown Franklin location offers breakfast, brunch every day, lunch and dinner with an expanded beverage list that includes coffeehouse standards as well as craft beer and wine. A kids menu, gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly items are just some of the alternative food options offered.
BEST ITALIAN CUISINE
1656 Westgate Circle
With authentic Italian pastas, hand-made pizzas, fresh seafood and wood-fired steaks, Amerigo offers something for everyone. The wine list features everything from affordable, every day wines to single-vineyard varietals from Piedmont to Sicily. Amerigo serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The local chain’s Cool Springs location has been serving the Franklin and Brentwood neighborhoods for 15 years.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
535 Cool Springs Boulevard
At Nothing Bundt Cakes, the goal is to create a cake that not only reminds you of home, but also opens you to a new world. Each recipe uses only the purest ingredients – fresh eggs, real butter, and real cream cheese – all to bring you bundt cake perfection.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Tupelo Honey Cafe
2000 Meridian Boulevard
Tupelo Honey Café is quickly becoming a go-to destination for creative, scratch-made, Southern food and spirits. The menu respects the freshness and flavors of traditional Southern cuisine, with an updated interpretation that is creative, inventive and comforting. The bar is ideal for those who appreciate the art of imbibing, with an impressive array of craft beers and cocktails.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Franklin Dental Care
3016 Columbia Avenue
Franklin Dental Care specializes in comprehensive dentistry for the entire family. Dr. Alicia Gordon and Dr. Paul Maizan lead a practice that emphasizes lifetime preventative care by offering a full range of dental services to meet the individual needs and preferences of each patient. From routine cleanings, to complete smile makeovers, they utilize the latest dental techniques to give patients the most up-to-date service.
500 Royal Oaks Court
Kemp Orthodontics is a state-of-the-art orthodontic practice that combines clinical expertise and cutting-edge technology with a caring and highly skilled staff. Kemp Orthodontics offers several aesthetic treatment options, like clear brackets and Invisalign. Patients look great both during treatment and afterwards. Renowned for its high level of service and attention to detail, the Kemp Orthodontics team strives to treat patients as they themselves wish to be treated.
BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST
Franklin Pediatric Dentistry
Corporate Woods Office Park
509 New Hwy 96 West
Dr. John Eric Yezerski believes that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable and positive. The more they know about the first visit, the better they will feel. His office makes a practice of using pleasant, non-threatening, simple words to describe a first dental visit and treatment. They strive to make patients and their families feel at ease from the moment they arrive for their appointment.
Cool Springs Chiropractic
3252 Aspen Grove
Dr. Peter Hinz is a leading chiropractor in Middle Tennessee who is committed to providing the highest quality care to his clients. He advocates for all components of living a healthy life from the inside out. Dr. Hinz is an Eagle Scout, a CrossFit athlete, and is also certified as a CrossFit level one coach. His passion for healthy living and natural care has been shared during time serving abroad in Vietnam, as well as for the past seven years here in Franklin.
Franklin Dermatology Group
740 Cool Springs Boulevard
Franklin Dermatology Group (FDG) was the first group in Williamson County to specialize in diseases of the skin and is one of the largest clinical dermatology practices in Middle Tennessee. FDG’s board certified dermatologists and nurse practitioners specialize in everything from common skin conditions like acne and sun spots, to surgical treatments for skin cancer. In addition, they offer a wide variety of laser services and cosmetic procedures & services.
BEST FAMILY PHYSICIAN
343 Franklin Road
As part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Health adheres to the Vanderbilt Patient and Family Promise. This entails making the patient the most important member of his/her health care team. They respect the patient’s right to privacy while working with them to coordinate care. Personalized care plans are developed by focusing on individual values and needs; and they communicate regularly and clearly with regard to personal health care concerns.
Pediatric Associates of Franklin
570 Bakers Bridge Avenue
Pediatric Associates of Franklin strives to form a partnership with patients, families, and the community by providing quality comprehensive pediatric healthcare. The goal is to provide education, guidance, and support for patients and families in a professional, empathetic environment. Services are available for infants, children, adolescents and young adults from Williamson County and all surrounding counties.
Women’s Group of Franklin
4323 Carothers Parkway
Women’s Group of Franklin is an independent private practice that has been providing medical care to the women of Middle Tennessee since 2001. They passionately care about the health of their patients and strive to give each woman the time and compassion needed to address her specific concerns. They deliver babies and perform surgeries at Williamson Medical Center.
Cool Springs Eye Care
3252 Aspen Grove
The husband-wife team of Drs. Jeff and Susan Kegarise lead Cool Springs Eye Care. Jeff lectures nationally on eye disease and health care quality. He has published a chapter on eye medications in The Manual of Primary Eye Care and is part of the faculty for The Institute for HealthCare Improvement in Boston. Susan and Jeff are two of only four optometrists in Williamson County who are board certified with the American Board of Optometry.
BEST PLASTIC SURGEON
Cool Springs Plastic Surgery
1909 Mallory Lane
Cool Springs Plastic Surgery (CSPS) offers the services of two board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. John Moore and Dr. Paul Papillion, while the CSPS Skin Care Center houses five highly-trained nurse injectors and a licensed esthetician. With several decades of combined experience, the staff strives to provide sincere compassion alongside surgical and non-surgical excellence. It is the top BOTOX provider in Middle Tennessee.
BEST FITNESS CENTER
Crossfit Cool Springs
1722 General George Patton Drive
CrossFit Cool Springs is Middle Tennessee’s Premier CrossFit box offering expert programming scalable to all fitness levels, Olympic lifting, multiple CrossFit Kids/Teens offerings, Prenatal CrossFit, Yoga & nutrition counseling in-house. For safety, and to ensure a beneficial experience, new members must pass a basic class before being permitted to participate in advanced classes. Perks include shower facilities, a kid’s room, and yoga.
BEST KIDS ACTIVITY
405 Murfreesboro Road
Pinkerton Park is located on Murfreesboro Road and is maintained by the Franklin park system. The Harpeth River borders the west side of the 34-acre park. Adjacent to the parking area is Tinkerbell playground. Additional playground equipment is located near the pavilions. Picnic tables and restrooms are available. A one-mile paved pedestrian track encompasses the entire park. The Sue Douglas Berry Memorial pedestrian bridge connects Pinkerton with the downtown area.
BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHIER
The Little Cottage
230 Franklin Road
Located inside The Factory At Franklin, this specialty retailer has a loyal following that ranges from soon-to-be moms to grandparents. The Little Cottage boasts a large selection of clothing and accessories and it’s all backed by knowledgeable associates and attentive customer service. Gift wrapping is available.
BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHIER
335 Main Street
Anthropologie is a destination store for women in search of a curated mix of boho-chic clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor products that reflect their personal style and fuels their lives’ passions, from fashion to art to entertaining. Anthropologie is committed to offering customers signature products and unmatched service.
Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry
410 Main Street
Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry has been a Franklin landmark since Melba Walton opened the store nearly half a century ago. Today, Melba’s son, Mike, and granddaughter, Julie, uphold this family tradition. Specializing in pre-1940’s antique and estate pieces, Walton’s remains a place where all are welcome to share in the love and admiration of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.
341 Main Street
| Downtown Franklin
Ecco Salon, with its French industrial décor, is warm and inviting and sits right in the heart of Downtown Franklin. The highly trained team offers clients a broad array of services including the latest in hair-coloring technique, creative styling and design. A state-of-the-art skin studio offers facials, waxing, customized and permanent makeup to help clients’ skin look and feel extraordinary.
BEST MEN’S SALON
Uncle Classic Barbershop
1560 West McEwen Drive
Uncle started as a dream to bring back what was good about the traditional barbershop, and, in the process, created something entirely unique. Uncle believes that no matter the look, a well-groomed man gets noticed. From skilled barbers and stylists who care about their clients and their appearance, the emphasis is always about quality, consistency, and customer service.
BEST NAIL SALON
The Nail Bar
2021 Mallory Lane
In a competitive market that is awash with salons, The Nail Bar stands out. It is known far and wide for upscale luxury. These attributes, combined with high-quality services, contribute to the glowing customer reviews on social media.
155 Covey Drive
REN Dermatology is a comprehensive skin care center whose mission is to provide expert care in a comfortable and welcoming office environment. Medical director Dr. Jennifer Lee is a board-certified dermatologist and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She specializes in all aspects of general dermatology, in addition to providing expertise in cosmetic and laser procedures. Her proficiency in the field has garnered the attention of numerous magazines and publications.
BEST DAY SPA
The Woodhouse Day Spa
1175 Meridian Boulevard
The Woodhouse Day Spa is the quintessential leader in day spa elegance. Its state of the art “Wellness Sanctuary” caters to the needs of each guest, making each and every visit an unforgettable experience. The professionally trained and dedicated staff takes each guest to the next level of overall wellness by tailoring services designed to exceed expectations. More than 70 spa treatments are available, making each experience the ultimate retreat.
Williamson County Animal Hospital
1126 Murfreesboro Road
At Williamson County Animal Hospital, no appointment is required for routine wellness visits or for pets that show signs of sickness or injury. With a large staff of over 20 employees, there is always a caring, professional staff member to assist clients with their pet’s health care needs.
BEST DOG CARE / GROOMING
My Second Home Pet Resort
101 Mission Court
By reinventing the “kennel” concept, My Second Home has emerged as a world-class pet boarding resort, without the hefty price tag. In addition to providing physical interaction and attention for boarders, My Second Home demonstrates its passion for pets by providing an environment that ensures a level of safety, serenity, and healthcare. The 18,000 square-foot facility is fully heated and air-conditioned to provide homelike comfort for canine and feline guests.
Five Points Roofing
118 Beasely Drive
Five Points Roofing is a local, family-owned and operated business that is built on a strong foundation of customer service and customer satisfaction. Five Points specializes in handling insurance claims and is a preferred contractor for Allstate and Travelers, as well as several other smaller insurance companies. As a licensed general contractor, Five Points often handles large loss claims, such as fire, water, and severe storm damage.
7123 Crossroads Boulevard
For more than 30 years, Legend Homes president, Doug Herman, and his team have been building innovatively designed luxury homes with a keen eye for detail and the latest in technology. Their reputation as the premier luxury homebuilder in Middle Tennessee rests not only on their extensive experience but on their commitment to effective communication and conscientious decision-making throughout every step of the process.
5016 Spedale Court
FreshCoat is a national chain that is operated locally by franchise owner, John Hamilton. He and his team offer a wide range of services for both residential and commercial painting projects. The team of expert painters is fully bonded and insured for clients’ safety and peace of mind. All work is warranted and no job is complete until the customer’s expectations are met or exceeded.
Mark Bates Landscaping
1603 Franklin Road
Mark Bates opened his Brentwood store in 1988, and with over 45 years of industry experience, continues to operate a boutique garden center with high-end landscaping services off of Franklin Road. Over the years, he has created unique landscape designs tailored to the needs of a variety of residential and commercial customers, using the highest-quality plants and materials. He specializes in creating landscape plans and installations that are as functional as they are beautiful.
BEST LAWN CARE
Franklin Lawn Care
612 Claridge Court
Franklin Lawn Care is an owner-operated, licensed and insured business providing excellent lawn services to residential customers in the Franklin area. The wide-range of services includes mowing, edging and blowing; aeration and over-seeding, shrub trimming, lawn fertilizer programs and mulching. Owner Lindsey Scott boasts a lifetime of experience in developing green-earth aesthetics and working with all types of fauna and flora.
Lisa Alyn – Coldwell Banker Barnes
114 Cool Springs Boulevard
Lisa Alyn of Coldwell Banker Barnes is one of the top-producing real estate agents in the luxury homes and new construction markets. She received her firm’s President’s Elite Award in 2015 by placing in the top two percent of sales of nearly 85,000 Coldwell Banker agents, worldwide. Alyn is a Certified Residential Construction Specialist and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative.
BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
First Tennessee Bank
231 Public Square
First Tennessee Bank is the largest bank headquartered in Tennessee. The FTB Advisors wealth management group has 313 financial advisors and $25 billion in assets under administration. First Tennessee was founded during the Civil War in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. The local branch is located on the square in Downtown Franklin.