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Your Guide To: A Day in Downtown Nashville

by LeeAnn Carlen, Puckett’s Events Coordinator

Nashville is hot right now…. I mean, REALLY hot. Journalists are coming from all over the great United States–and really, the world–to talk about our fair city, and write about all of the hot new places to go.

These stories are fantastic and they often give great suggestions–but have you ever thought of what the locals do in downtown Nashville before a show at, say, the Ryman?

Let’s assume we have a glorious Saturday free–or heck, you have in-laws in town and need to busy them–and we want to spend this rare day in downtown Nashville–here are some of my recommendations…..

BREAKFAST

Muletown Coffee at Puckett's

Of course we have to make one of our stops Puckett’s 5th & Church and one of my very favorite meals there is breakfast. You absolutely have to get a cup of joe–it comes from Muletown Coffee in my hometown of Columbia and it is delish! We are proud to carry it at all of our Puckett’s locations and support a fellow local business. You can even take some home with you!

Currently, my favorite breakfast dish is Andy’s Skinny Omelet with a side of fruit (trying to keep it healthy with the holidays coming up)! But if you are looking for a treat, I HIGHLY recommend The Kings French Toast. It is soooo good.

Grab some great Southern gifts on your way out–we have a great tea towel for Mom, a grill spatula for Dad, and a variety of spices and BBQ Sauces you can pick up.

SHOPPING

Manuel

After breakfast, take a walk around downtown and visit some of the great shops. 

  • Manuel is such a Nashville staple and represents how Traditional Nashville and New Nashville are blissfully marrying. Try one a rhinestone jacket, post on your socials and tag us @puckettsgrocery #puckettssuggests!
  • Tatyana’s is newer to the Broadway scene but was a much welcomed addition. It’s a great place for the ladies to get a super chic, retro inspired outfit. Something for New Year’s Eve, perhaps?
  • Fire Finch is a great little boutique down the road from Puckett’s that has everything your gifting heart desires. Candles, jewelry, clothing, oh my!

LUNCH

ACME Feed & Seed

After all that shopping, you have surely worked up an appetite. Head to one of Nashville’s new favorites with some of the best views of the river in town: Acme Feed and Seed!

It’s Saturday, and we’re downtown, so we are obviously starting this lunch with a drink. I’m a big fan of the Sunset Grove, but they also have tons of other local beers that you should try.

Lunch is going to be a hard decision. You guys, the food is so good. I have an internal struggle each time I go as to whether I should order the burger (please douse your fries in the Texas Ketchup) or the Hatchery. I have dreams at night about the Hatchery. 

WONDERINGS AROUND

Country Music Hall of Fame

The absolute best place to spend a few hours in downtown Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame. I grew up just outside of Nashville and have been relatively indifferent to most country music for my entire life, but let me assure you–that doesn’t matter. This place is like living history.

It is such a treasure and Nashville is so very lucky to have it. Catch the Bakersfield Sound exhibit before it closes December 31st and carve out some time to visit Hatch Show Print! They have lots of vintage posters on site; see if you can find a Puckett’s one and hit us up on our socials–@puckettsgrocery #puckettssuggests.

COFFEE BREAK

Frothy Monkey

Now it’s time to rest those barking dogs and start fueling yourself for a night on the town. Head back north to the Frothy Monkey coffee shop. They have a variety of beverages to choose from (even wine and cocktails in the downtown location), but one of my favorites is a classic almond milk latte. If you end up have a few extra minutes, pop into a few of the art galleries that surround it. They are full of beautiful, local art!

HONKY TONK HIGHWAY

Robert's Western World

In this local’s opinion, there is only one Honky Tonk that is even worth spending time on and that is Robert’s Western World! Robert’s is an absolute classic and the place I choose to spend my Downtown Nashville nights. I prefer the balcony bar and always try to make room for a cheeseburger and crinkle cut fries- and maybe a shot of Fireball too, if you’re feeling fun. Robert’s is home to to BrazilBilly, their house band, and it is honestly some of the best music that you will find in Downtown.

If you feel like moseying onward, stick with the classics… Tootsies, The Stage and Layla’s!

DINNER

Merchant's in Nashville

Originally a hotel, Merchant’s Restaurant has been a staple in downtown Nashville for a number of years now. They did some revamping a few years ago and it is now equally as chic as it is delicious.

Drop everything you are doing and immediately order the Duck Fat Tator Tots. Ok, order 2–they will go FAST. I’m a really big fan of their classic cobb salad, but you also can’t go wrong with the mac ‘n’ cheese (never a bad choice), steak frites or the sweet tea pork loin.

AFTER THE SHOW

pub5

One of my favorite spots in downtown is not exactly a secret, but it is kind of tucked away and slightly off the beaten Broadway path. Pub5 opened across from Bridgestone Arena a little over a year ago and it is your perfect nightcap location. I’ve given your bellies a workout today, but if you have room, you must try the Poutine. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve never been to Canada and had traditional poutine, but this is one of the best American versions that I’ve ever had. Wash it down with a Jackalope Thunder Ann and call it a night!

And there you have it y’all! Enjoy your action packed day in Downtown Nashville…. don’t forget to come back and tag us at #puckettssuggests. Have a good one y’all! 

LeeAnn Carlen, Events Coordinator
Being born in Texas and growing up just south of Nashville in Columbia, TN made our Nashville Coordinator a true, well-rounded Southerner. After getting her Music Business degree from Belmont University, LeeAnn worked in Artist Management on Music Row for a number of years and it was there that her love for events grew. She started branching out and planning weddings on the side in her “free time” and jumped at the chance to work at Puckett’s when it appeared. She currently facilitates all catering and events in the Nashville area and would love to hear from you! Email her at leeann@puckettsevents.com.

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Cocktail Contest: You’re The Bartender!

We’re starting something new in 2015, and we’re super excited about it…. now you will be the ones to choose our Drink of the Month each go ’round!

Here’s how this is going to work: every month, the individual teams at our Puckett’s Restaurant locations (that’s downtown Nashville, Franklin and Columbia) will come up with a creative cocktail recipe that is unique to their bar. We’ll snap photos of each libation, and then post them our social media accounts–without revealing the mixologist behind the drinks!

The cocktail that gets the most collective votes across all Facebook pages will be Puckett’s Drink of the Month winner, served up for our patrons to sip in our three towns!

We can’t tell you which team made what, ’cause that’d be cheating. Our bartenders get pretty competitive… this is going to be fun to watch.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view our social media links to get to voting, and be sure to check back each month to see what we’ve whipped up. Cheers y’all!

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You’re Invited: Celebratin’ 10 Years With A Roast With A Toast!

e-Andy-Roast-Art-topWe’re inviting all friends, family and customers of Puckett’s Restaurant to help us celebrate 10 wonderful years in downtown Franklin on Thursday, Dec. 18 with a special night of throwback menu items, live music—and a roast of Andy Marshall, owner of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a prix-fixe menu of Puckett’s classics that y’all will remember from the early days: baked tilapia with pecan and tomato sauce, smoked baby back ribs, chicken ambassador, peach cobbler, cinnamon roll bread pudding and chocolate chess pie. YUM

Once supper is served, we’ll be turnin’ the tables on owner Andy Marshall as he—the king of BBQ and of ribbing—will be the one roasted, with a bit of toasting included, too. Speakers will include a lineup of notable community members, from U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Commissioner of Transpiration John Schroer to Williamson County and Franklin Mayors Rogers Anderson and Ken Moore, respectively.

The lively evening will be emceed by Harry Chapman, and will conclude with performances by songwriters who’ve played at Puckett’s for years.

Tickets are $100 and include supper and the show. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County’s initiative to restore the Old, Old Jail. Marshall is a Heritage Foundation board member. To purchase tickets, give us a call at 615.794.5527.

See y’all there!

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That’s What Thanksgiving’s All About

Thanksgiving is about celebrating the past year’s blessin’s around a familial table, not stressin’ in the kitchen preparing a traditional meal, and that’s why our Franklin, Columbia and Nashville locations are offering extensive take-out and dine-in options this holiday season, y’all!

Those of you weary of preparing a whole feast on your own can rejoice! Pick up the phone and order from our extensive holiday to-go menus tailored for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, with options such as whole turkeys roasted, smoked or fried; smoked buffet hams slow-cooked in the Puckett’s famous smoker; cherry-smoked pulled pork; smoked racks of baby back ribs; and more.

The Southern-style sides are also just as likely to be the center of attention on your Thanksgiving table as the turkey, with Puckett’s specialties like our finger lickin’-good casseroles—green bean, squash, broccoli and rice, and sweet potato are favorites—available by the quart or half-pan, along with freshly baked yeast rolls and more. To sweeten the deal, we’re also offering our famous homemade pies and cobblers.

And you know you can look forward to those same made-from-scratch dishes you enjoy at the Franklin, Columbia and Nashville stores year ‘round. Our owner Andy Marshall says that many of the classics are old family recipes that have been handed down over the years.

“Most of these dishes—like the cornbread dressing and giblet gravy, the corn pudding and others—have been passed down from the Marshall family Thanksgiving table,” he says. “It made sense that we would share them on the Puckett’s table as well.”

In addition to the take-out options, Franklin, Columbia and Nashville locations will be open Thanksgiving Day—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Franklin & Columbia and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nashville—for y’all to enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with all the traditional fixings: sliced turkey, honey smoked ham, fried chicken and pulled pork, and all of the famous Puckett’s sides with fresh-baked pie to top it all off.

We open our doors every Turkey Day because that’s what Thanksgiving is about—the spirit of community and family.

“This time of year is about spending time with family, and we consider our neighbors and customers an extension of that,” Andy says. “Thanksgiving is a holiday we look forward to each year, to share a home-cooked meal with our loved ones, and we’re excited to continue the tradition for another season.”

When the Marshalls first took ownership of the original Puckett’s, Andy would wake up every morning before sunrise to slow smoke his award-winning barbecue. Come Thanksgiving, whole turkeys would take the place of pork butts in the smoker, and it became a tradition for the whole family to pitch in. For them, Thanksgiving holds nostalgic memories of serving the community.

“We’ve opened our doors and invited our guests in for a full ‘turkey with all the trimmings’ dinner since our first season with Puckett’s. Our family has some great memories all pitching in to prepare the holiday orders, and it’s become a tradition for us,” he says. “Thanksgiving’s not always about spending hours in a kitchen cooking the holiday meal; it’s about time with family and appreciating each other. We want to give people back that time.”

For those of y’all looking for more non-traditional dishes, Puckett’s Boat House—our more coastal restaurant in downtown Franklin, serving Gulf classics with that same Puckett’s twist—is also offering a holiday to-go menu. Choose from coast-inspired options such as oyster dressing, seafood lasagna, fried cabbage, pineapple casserole and more. Head over to the Puckett’s Boat House website at www.puckettsboathouse.com for more details.

For our Nashville, Franklin and Columbia to-go dinner menus, pricing and ordering instructions, visit www.puckettsgrocery.com.

The all-inclusive Thanksgiving buffet is $25, and $12.99 for those kiddos 12 and under. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made on our website or by giving us a call at 931-490-4550 [Columbia] 615-794-5527 [Franklin] and 615-770-2772 [Nashville].

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We’re Comin For Ya Chattanooga!

 

We’re ecstatic to announce that Puckett’s Restaurant is putting down roots in Chattanooga’s Riverfront District!

The Puckett’s story extends back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Now, our locations in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia, respectively, are known for slow-smoked barbecue and other Southern staples for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with live music most nights. The downtown Chattanooga Puckett’s will be located at 2 Broad Street, overlooking the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, and is working toward a Spring 2015 opening!

Chattanooga River Place Patio

Chattanooga River Place Patio

Puckett’s Owner Andy Marshall says his family has always felt at home in Chattanooga, having visited the city for everything from high school sports tournaments to family vacations.

“We absolutely love Chattanooga and have admired the progressive downtown market for some time now. Working with the staff of the River City Company, we feel we’ve found the perfect location,” Marshall said. “The entire district is full of life, with plenty to see and do and a very strong independent restaurant scene. We’re looking forward to being a part of it all.”

Economic development officials have courted Puckett’s for a few years now, according to River City Company Retail Recruiter Blair Mard, who works with prospective tenants as part of the non-profit organization’s partnership with the City of Chattanooga. Mard says the Riverfront District’s proximity to the Aquarium’s ticket office, the IMAX Theatre and other downtown landmarks make it a prime location for a restaurant like Puckett’s.

The 6,750 square-foot first floor will house the eatery, with a large patio adjoining the Plaza. Former Chattanooga Mayor Jon Kinsey serves as Managing General Partner for River Place, LP, the building’s ownership entity. Kinsey says the Puckett’s brand is precisely what the area needs.

“So much has changed since 1993 when the building first opened. We were looking for the best possible option for visitors and locals alike, and Puckett’s is a proven winner in the Nashville market,” Kinsey said. “We’re fortunate to have such a highly regarded regional restaurant expanding into our city. From an economic development standpoint, this is another key driver of both tourism and employment for our downtown core.”

Marshall’s company, A. Marshall Family Foods, was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies earlier this year, and the Puckett’s restaurants have been recognized in local communities for everything from best barbecue and meat and three to best live music venue and best place to work. The restaurant will employ approximately 70 associates in Chattanooga.