Friday, January 15, 2010

Puckett's Awarded “Where the Locals Eat” for the Third Year in a Row in Nashville

Old-timey grocery store and country kitchen by day, supper club with top singer-songwriter talent by weekend night, Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant in historic downtown Franklin was recently awarded the title “Where the Locals Eat,” an honor given to the top 100 restaurants in each of the largest 50 cities in the United States.

The review of Puckett’s, which brags on the southern menu and hometown atmosphere of the Williamson County landmark, has been featured on and will be in the newest edition of their traveler’s guide, “The 100 Best Restaurants in Nashville.” The restaurant is also listed on the LocalEats™ dining application on iPhone, which lists exclusive specials, coupons, and events.

Puckett’s Owner, Andy Marshall, sees the award as a great honor as well as a motivating reward. "We are so honored to receive this award again. It's particularly special to us because we never know when they visited the restaurant, all we know is that they liked us enough to include us on their prestigious and widely-read list," says manager Claire Marshall.

In addition to numerous other accolades including the Rand McNally “Must Visit Restaurants While Traveling” and 13 Sizzle Awards from Southern Exposure Magazine, this is the third year in a row Puckett’s has received the “Where the Locals Eat” award. Puckett’s was also named the “Best Restaurant Worth the Drive” in 2008.

The Puckett’s menu is a creative approach to southern-inspired cuisine. A solid country breakfast is offered at both the Franklin and Leiper’s Fork locations each morning. Burgers, pulled pork shoulder and some very respectable pork ribs are worthy companions to the solid meat-and-three offerings during lunch.

The weeknight specials – all-you care- to-eat catfish on Friday nights and barbecue on Thursday nights (both at the Franklin location) – show care and flair from the kitchen. The menu for the live music shows leans toward fresh fish and seafood, as well as a nightly chicken, beef or pork dish.

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Founded by the Puckett family in the 1950s, Puckett's has served as a country store to several communities in Williamson County. Andy Marshall bought the Leiper's Fork Puckett's Grocery in 1998. In 2002, Puckett's branched out to start a formal dinner and music program. With all of the talented writers in and around town, the Friday night writers' show grew fast with people coming from all over to hear some of the finest that the industry has to offer in a cool, eclectic environment. Shortly after that, another opportunity opened up to expand Puckett's to Marshall's hometown and first love for community, in Historic Downtown Franklin. The music continues, as well as the fabulous food. For more info, visit

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