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momskitchen Apr 2, 2011 03:24 AM

Visiting from Detroit - what not to miss? We will be doing all the touristy stuff, and we are staying south of town in Brentwood but will be driving all over. Also any recs of what I should see while I am here are welcome, too!

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    Littleman Apr 2, 2011 10:15 AM

    Franklin, TN is just S of Brentwood. It's a historic city where The Battle of Franklin took place. There are some historic sites. Go to Puckett's for good BBQ, country food and music. Carnton Plantation and Carter House are interesting. Go to Cool Springs Mall just N of Franklin off I 65 for fun shopping.

    Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant @ 120 4th Avenue S., Franklin, TN. 615 - 794 - 5527.
    http://www.puckettsgrocery.com/

    Carnton Plantation @ 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin, TN 615 - 794 - 0903,
    http://www.carnton.org/
    Carter House @ 1140 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 615 - 791 - 1861.
    http://www.carter-house.org/

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      TLF Apr 2, 2011 10:53 AM

      Hate Cool Springs. The mall and the surrounding area are just like every noveau-suburban-retail-megalopolis in the country. If you want INTERESTING shopping recs, holla.

      It's hard for me to make restaurant recommendations with no criteria whatsoever. What type of food? Price range? Alcohol or not? Atmosphere? I could just list my favorite places and places that visitors typically want to go to, but that seems a waste of time for both of us ... more info, please.

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        momskitchen Apr 2, 2011 06:10 PM

        Alcohol yes for dinner (not necessary for breakfast or lunch). Local flavors food preferred....I don't plan on having fantastic ethnic food in Nashville. There's plenty of other places to go for that.. Not interested in City House - I don't like to go out to eat for Italian because it's easy to make at home. Does that help? Probably do the Franklin/Civil War thing one day, Country Music/Ryman Hall thing on another day.

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        City House
        1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

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          Yongeman Apr 3, 2011 04:39 AM

          I agree with Puckett's in Franklin. It's a great dinner experience, especially if you stay for the music. They have top-notch singer/songwriters there most (all?) nights. You may not recognize their names, but you'll love their songs.
          If you're in Franklin in the morning, Dotson's is a great breakfast option. No frills home cooking and great service.

          1. re: momskitchen
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            dailybread8383 Apr 3, 2011 07:46 PM

            You cure your own meats, have a brick oven for pizzas, and make your own pasta?

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              momskitchen Apr 4, 2011 05:06 AM

              Well, since you asked, the answers are yes, no (although I wish I did), and yes. Anyway, I don't plan on coming to Nashville for Italian food - I want to eat the best southern style food. I can get great Italian food in Michigan. What are your recommendations for great Southern style food I can only get in Nashville?

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                Yongeman Apr 4, 2011 05:30 AM

                Well said. One of my favorite Nashville eats is the hot chicken at Prince's. Awesome fried chicken with a bite...you choose the heat level. Monell's in Nashville or Franklin has great southern food served family style. Also not to be missed if you're not from the South (like me).

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                  dailybread8383 Apr 4, 2011 03:49 PM

                  Capitol Grille

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                    momskitchen Apr 5, 2011 04:11 AM

                    Looks good everyone... Thanks for the tips!

        2. pete k Apr 4, 2011 07:24 AM

          I would highly recommend Arnold's, quite possibly the best meat & 3 in Nashville. They're only open from 1030-245 during the week, it's certainly not to be missed.

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