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Franklin Foodie: Lunching on Franklin Square

It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon as we strolled around the square in downtown Franklin. We decided that we would check out Court Street Cafe. Court Street invites everyone to “Relax, Eat, and Enjoy”, and that is exactly what we did. We grabbed a table outside, and Jennifer Doss was there to help us navigate the menu. It was a great menu full of awesome family favorites and comfort food. The menu has a perfect amount of items for several choices, but does not overwhelm with too many.

We ordered three selections for the table: Pulled Pork Nachos, Asian Lettuce Wraps, and the Grilled Court Street Meatloaf Sandwich. What a great selection. The pulled pork nachos were piled with BBQ pork, cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream. The portion was very generous, and the flavor was the perfect blend of all the ingredients.

pulled pork nachos
Pulled pork nachos from Court St Cafe in Franklin

The Asian Lettuce wraps were served “build your own” style. I piled the lettuce wrap with lots of chicken and sauce. The sauce reminded me of a caramel soy sauce and went well with the crisp lettuce wraps.

Next was the star of the show for me: the grilled meatloaf sandwich. Great homemade meatloaf nestled between 2 slices of American Cheese and perfectly grilled sourdough bread. The meatloaf was very moist and tender, yet held together. The American cheese was a great combination with the sourdough and the mayonnaise that I added. It was an awesome comfort food sandwich.

The service was exceptional. Jennifer was so attentive and very nice.

As we were sitting outside waiting for our food, I couldn’t help but notice Courthouse Coney’s right next door. When I was told that they were the same people who owned the Hillbilly Hot Dog Food Truck, I knew I had to check them out. Last year at the Franklin Holiday Parade, I tried to get a Hillbilly hot dog, but I wasn’t fast enough, and they sold out. So now was my opportunity. We ordered two hotdogs, the executioner and the judge. These dogs were spot on.

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Courthouse Coney’s hotdogs

The Executioner was served with chili, shredded cheese, or nacho cheese and diced onions. I opted for the shredded cheese. This dog killed it, one of the best chili cheese dogs I have had in awhile.

The Judge did not disappoint. Mustard, pickle spear, sport peppers, tomatoes and celery salt. The combination of the fresh tomatoes, mustard, and the pickle was a nice play on the ketchup, mustard, and relish garnish that we are used to having. The sport pepper added the ideal amount of heat and crunch.

Wow, what a superb day of lunching in downtown Franklin. Both of these locations serve up fantastic food, with seamless service and a great atmosphere.

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