August Burger of the Month: Avocado Bacon Club

The avocado bacon club was born from a love [of some] of our favorite seasonal ingredients and an excuse to eat more bacon–but who needs an excuse to eat bacon anyways? Now that that’s settled, let’s talk about why August’s Burger of the Month has us wishing this summer month would never end.

“The avocado bacon club was a great chance to showcase our fresh ground turkey burger, smoked bacon and our homemade chipotle bacon ranch sauce,” said Puckett’s brand chef Keith West. “The thought of putting all these flavors together was a natural fit!”

First, Chef Keith takes two perfectly seasoned, handmade turkey burgers and tops them with Swiss cheese, apple-wood smoked bacon, fresh avocado slices, and a drizzle our homemade chipotle bacon ranch sauce. Then he sandwiches it with a toasted pretzel roll, and serves it with a side of our crispy French fries.

Avocado Bacon Club Recipe:

2 pretzel rolls

1Tbl chipotle ranch

1 leaf of lettuce

1 small sliced tomato

1 dill pickle

½ Puckett’s turkey burger

1 piece of bacon (folded)

2 slices of avocado


Burger of the

Puckett’s Columbia Launches Breakfast Program

Puckett’s in downtown Columbia recently implemented a program for those early risers around the county, a Puckett’s Breakfast Club that allows friends to benefit from their dining experience!

Launched in July, we’re giving a weekly rotating discount to our guests who dine Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. In addition, those who sign up for a Breakfast Club card will receive a larger return on investment: the tenth breakfast or omelet platter purchased is free!

“Since we opened in the spring, we’ve realized just how hard working this community is. Our friends get going early around here,” said Max Stephenson, general manager. “We think that’s admirable, and they deserve a reward!”

Past Early Bird specials have included a free coffee or non-alcoholic beverage or side with the purchase of a breakfast or omelet entrée, and a breakfast platter for $4.99 that includes two cooked-to-order eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and a biscuit.

The Puckett’s Columbia location opened in March 2013. Located at 15 Public Square, it became the third Puckett’s Grocery in as many counties.

Housed in a former factory and warehouse building, the Puckett’s Columbia space measures more than 26,000 square feet, and includes a second-floor event space that exceeds 8,000 square feet. To transform the three-story interior—which took nearly a year—our Owner Andy Marshall worked with local builder Joe Whidby to craft hand-hewn tables and added the floor to ceiling grocery shelves that are becoming a Puckett’s hallmark. Williamson County “picker” William Powell helped to bring nostalgic elements, including old signs, photographs and memorabilia that celebrate Maury County’s history and add a comfortable ambiance to the restaurant.

The Puckett’s Columbia location is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays. It also hosts musicians on Friday and Saturday evenings.

About Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
With locations in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia, the Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Ever since then, we’ve been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality.

When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes—is what Puckett’s aims for you to remember.

Puckett’s Reveals Winner of “Name That Smoker” Contest

Since its downtown Columbia addition to the Puckett’s family of restaurants this past March, the Southern-style eatery has been serving its trademark down-home recipes to the Maury County crowd—and carrying on several traditions, including its “Name That Smoker” contest.

The contest began June 3 and extended through June 17. The restaurant has since announced that Columbia resident David Paul won the $100 gift and bragging rights for his “Cherry Underwood” submission.

“We thought ‘Cherry Underwood’ was a great play-on-words: our barbecue is smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood,” said Max Stephenson, Puckett’s general manager. “It put a grin on all of our faces immediately when we saw it.”

Puckett’s has won numerous accolades for its unique BBQ preparation over the years. Puckett’s Owner Andy Marshall, who has long been a competition pit master, has said he prefers cherry wood over any other fuel because it imparts a sweeter, richer flavor that only fruitwood can bring to the table.

The restaurant said it received more than 200 prospective names through social media submissions, and that they were impressed with the creativity of the batch. Other forerunners included the “James K. Pork,”  “Dwight Smokem,” and “Conway Ribby.”

This is the fourth naming competition for a Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in-house smoker, this one a stainless steel unit that holds up to 1,200 pounds of meat. Other Puckett’s smokers are known as Sweet Smokin’ Sadie, The Hog Father, and Hoss & Lil Joe.

Puckett’s also enlisted the public’s help in naming its trolley food truck, which now goes by Ms. Trolley Parton.

“These naming contests are among our favorite Puckett’s traditions,” Stephenson said. “We want the community to be involved in as much as possible, and there’s always a sense of online camaraderie among folks vying for the title.”

The winner was announced on June 18 through Puckett’s Columbia Facebook page, For more information, visit its website at

An Empty Box & What It Means To Us

“This box formerly contained the Chicken Cordon Que, grilled asparagus, and smashed sweet potatoes–the special of the night at Puckett’s Columbia. As you can see, I cleaned my plate. Now I’m seriously contemplating eating the box.

This crew down here is doing an awesome job! Thanks again for coming to Columbia!”

-James Lund, Old Curiosity Bookstore on the downtown Columbia public square


It’s kind words like these (passed along straight to Andy) that give us a passion for what we’re doing! Thank y’all for being such good friends to our Puckett’s family. We so appreciate you.

Get To Know The Puckett’s Family: Autumn Friese

Autumn Friese was born to be in the hospitality industry. Growing up, she spent her summers working in her mother’s restaurant learning the ins-and-outs of the business.

When she first visited Nashville she fell in love with the people and the Southern culture. So, (despite her self-professed musical inabilities!) she packed her bags and set out on a journey to make Nashville her home. Autumn is now our beloved General Manager at Puckett’s in downtown Nashville–the one located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Church Street.

Below, we asked Autumn a few questions so that y’all can get to love her a little bit more!

Where are you from? I grew up in Northern Michigan enjoying the great outdoors. With four sisters and three brothers, my family was big on camping, snowmobiling, skiing, and boating.

How did you end up in Nashville? I had some close friends who lived in Nashville and I visited them often. I fell in love with Tennessee and decided to give it a whirl!

What did you do before working at Puckett’s? I started out as a server/bartender at Ruby Tuesday and quickly found my calling as a manager. In that time, I also met my husband Adam. We loved the area so much that we decided to buy a house and settle in Murfreesboro.I worked for Ruby Tuesday for about five years, before a friend told me about Puckett’s Grocery.

What was your impression of Puckett’s on your first visit? I stepped inside and immediately felt at home. I loved the concept and the down-home feel. My first impression was that it reminded me of my home- minus the sweet-tea. I already loved the atmosphere, but when I tasted the food, I fell in love.

When did you first start working at Puckett’s? They were opening a location in Nashville and I decided to go for it. I was hired in 2010 when the Nashville location opened its doors. My life quickly changed, I was introduced to all kinds of southern cookin’ that I didn’t know about.  What is a corn cake and what do you do with it? I fell in love with everything. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of culinary cuisine.

If you could only order one thing off of the Puckett’s menu for the rest of your life, what would it be? That is such a tough question…probably the fried chicken.

What makes Puckett’s unique from other Nashville restaurants? Puckett’s is very special to me because it reminds me of home, I feel like I am hanging out with my family when I am at work.  You get to know the locals, your staff as well as their families.  You feel a part of the Puckett family right away.

What is your favorite Puckett’s memory? One of my favorite Puckett’s moments are around the holidays and through all of the hustle and bustle of the city; when you walk into Puckett’s, its like sitting at your own kitchen table, surrounded by friends and family.

Next time you’re at Puckett’s on 5th and Church in Nashville, make sure you say hello to Autumn!