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10 Essential Brunch Spots in Franklin

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If conventional wisdom is to be believed, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But there’s a serious argument to be made about the utter necessity of an early afternoon meal that brings together the best of both breakfast and lunch. Yes, it’s none other than brunch — and here are 10 spots in Franklin that are doing it right.

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1. The Honeysuckle

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1770 Galleria Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-2111
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The Honeysuckle, located near the Cool Springs Galleria, packs a Southern wallop when it comes to its weekend brunch. On any given Saturday or Sunday, couples and families can be found tucking into their pork belly-topped breakfast macaroni and cheese or the Benedict Oscar topped with sweet chunks of crab meat. Solo diners will feel right at home at the bar — as oysters and bellinis here make for excellent dining companions.

2. Tupelo Honey

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2000 Meridian Blvd #110
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 224-2600
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The Franklin location of this Asheville-based chain isn’t afraid to tap deep into its

Southern roots when it comes to its all-day-brunch menu. Exhibit A: honey fried

chicken with milk biscuits and gravy. Those with a nagging sweet tooth should note

that the sweet potato pancake stack topped with butter and powdered sugar has their

back.

3. BrickTop's

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1576 W McEwen Dr
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-8760
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The Cool Spring outpost of the long-time Nashville favorite opens up for brunch on Sundays — serving sweet starts like homemade doughnuts, syrupy brioche French toast, and pecan waffles. On the savory side, feast on egg-topped plate of shrimp and grits alongside Irish coffee or a tequila sunrise mimosa.

4. First Watch - Cool Springs

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1874 W McEwen Dr #100
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 786-0569
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With a brunch menu on offer seven days a week, First Watch fully embraces the wonders of the mid-morning meal. The health-conscious crowd is well-served here with dishes like the avocado toast on thick slices of whole wheat bread and the A.M. superfood bowl made with coconut milk chia seed pudding. But classic brunch warriors can relax — the menu also features a skillet hash and lemon ricotta pancakes.

5. Franklin Bakehouse

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100 E Main St
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 628-8493
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Quaint and homey, this tiny-cafe-that-could is churning out some of Franklin’s most popular baked goods. Brunch is served all day on Sundays and features a rotating cast of quiches, tartines, baked French toast, and pastries. People watching is a bit of a sport here — whether you’re sitting inside and peering out from one of the large windows or perched at one of the sidewalk tables. Before leaving, check out the Bakehouse marketplace, where local goods and wares are ready to be packed up and enjoyed at home.

6. Ruby Sunshine

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231 Public Square
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 716-3711
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This all-day brunch spot brings a heavy dose of Big Easy flavors — and its robust drinking culture — to Main Street Franklin. The fried green tomatoes, pig candy bacon bites, and bayou shrimp benedict serve as the supporting cast to a saucy menu of mimosas, Bloody Marys, Sazeracs, and glasses of bourbon milk punch. Ruby Sunshine doesn’t accept reservations, so be sure to visit their website and sign up for their daily waitlist.

7. 55 South

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403 Main St
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 538-6001
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Head to Main Street in downtown Franklin on a random Saturday or Sunday afternoon for garlic parmesan crab fries, breakfast tacos, and trays of ice-cold Gulf oysters. Washing it down: two-for-one mimosas/sangria and a build-your-own bloody Mary bar.

8. Biscuit Love Franklin

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132 3rd Ave S
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 905-0386
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Here’s a handy little secret: the southern-most, third outpost of this beloved breakfast nook has all of the perks of the original location (namely, the hot chicken-stuffed biscuits and “bonuts”), minus the crowds of hungry tourists lining up for blocks.

9. Frothy Monkey

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125 5th Ave S
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 600-4756
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Whether it’s on the porch or inside their cozy dining space, enjoying the all-day brunch at this local chain is practically a rite of passage. Cheesy grits, biscuits with chorizo gravy, and bagel sandwiches toppling over with eggs, cheese, and tomatoes are elevated to brunch nirvana when paired with a cup of Frothy Monkey’s very own roasted coffee. Throw a shot of Jameson Caskmates whiskey in that cup of joe for a spicier brunch experience.

10. Big Bad Breakfast - Franklin

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1201 Liberty Pike Suite 101
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 656-5539
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James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence brings his all-day breakfast concept to Franklin, adding another New Orleans-influenced brunch joint to the mix. Pulling from his childhood memories of lunch counters, drugstores, and diners, this casual homespun elevates greasy spoon staples with their in-house cured bacon, fresh-baked biscuits, shrimp-and-andouille stuffed omelets, and freshly squeezed juice cocktails.

1. The Honeysuckle

1770 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067

The Honeysuckle, located near the Cool Springs Galleria, packs a Southern wallop when it comes to its weekend brunch. On any given Saturday or Sunday, couples and families can be found tucking into their pork belly-topped breakfast macaroni and cheese or the Benedict Oscar topped with sweet chunks of crab meat. Solo diners will feel right at home at the bar — as oysters and bellinis here make for excellent dining companions.

1770 Galleria Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067

2. Tupelo Honey

2000 Meridian Blvd #110, Franklin, TN 37067

The Franklin location of this Asheville-based chain isn’t afraid to tap deep into its

Southern roots when it comes to its all-day-brunch menu. Exhibit A: honey fried

chicken with milk biscuits and gravy. Those with a nagging sweet tooth should note

that the sweet potato pancake stack topped with butter and powdered sugar has their

back.

2000 Meridian Blvd #110
Franklin, TN 37067

3. BrickTop's

1576 W McEwen Dr, Franklin, TN 37067

The Cool Spring outpost of the long-time Nashville favorite opens up for brunch on Sundays — serving sweet starts like homemade doughnuts, syrupy brioche French toast, and pecan waffles. On the savory side, feast on egg-topped plate of shrimp and grits alongside Irish coffee or a tequila sunrise mimosa.

1576 W McEwen Dr
Franklin, TN 37067

4. First Watch - Cool Springs

1874 W McEwen Dr #100, Franklin, TN 37067

With a brunch menu on offer seven days a week, First Watch fully embraces the wonders of the mid-morning meal. The health-conscious crowd is well-served here with dishes like the avocado toast on thick slices of whole wheat bread and the A.M. superfood bowl made with coconut milk chia seed pudding. But classic brunch warriors can relax — the menu also features a skillet hash and lemon ricotta pancakes.

1874 W McEwen Dr #100
Franklin, TN 37067

5. Franklin Bakehouse

100 E Main St, Franklin, TN 37064

Quaint and homey, this tiny-cafe-that-could is churning out some of Franklin’s most popular baked goods. Brunch is served all day on Sundays and features a rotating cast of quiches, tartines, baked French toast, and pastries. People watching is a bit of a sport here — whether you’re sitting inside and peering out from one of the large windows or perched at one of the sidewalk tables. Before leaving, check out the Bakehouse marketplace, where local goods and wares are ready to be packed up and enjoyed at home.

100 E Main St
Franklin, TN 37064

6. Ruby Sunshine

231 Public Square, Franklin, TN 37064

This all-day brunch spot brings a heavy dose of Big Easy flavors — and its robust drinking culture — to Main Street Franklin. The fried green tomatoes, pig candy bacon bites, and bayou shrimp benedict serve as the supporting cast to a saucy menu of mimosas, Bloody Marys, Sazeracs, and glasses of bourbon milk punch. Ruby Sunshine doesn’t accept reservations, so be sure to visit their website and sign up for their daily waitlist.

231 Public Square
Franklin, TN 37064

7. 55 South

403 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064

Head to Main Street in downtown Franklin on a random Saturday or Sunday afternoon for garlic parmesan crab fries, breakfast tacos, and trays of ice-cold Gulf oysters. Washing it down: two-for-one mimosas/sangria and a build-your-own bloody Mary bar.

403 Main St
Franklin, TN 37064

8. Biscuit Love Franklin

132 3rd Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064

Here’s a handy little secret: the southern-most, third outpost of this beloved breakfast nook has all of the perks of the original location (namely, the hot chicken-stuffed biscuits and “bonuts”), minus the crowds of hungry tourists lining up for blocks.

132 3rd Ave S
Franklin, TN 37064

9. Frothy Monkey

125 5th Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064

Whether it’s on the porch or inside their cozy dining space, enjoying the all-day brunch at this local chain is practically a rite of passage. Cheesy grits, biscuits with chorizo gravy, and bagel sandwiches toppling over with eggs, cheese, and tomatoes are elevated to brunch nirvana when paired with a cup of Frothy Monkey’s very own roasted coffee. Throw a shot of Jameson Caskmates whiskey in that cup of joe for a spicier brunch experience.

125 5th Ave S
Franklin, TN 37064

10. Big Bad Breakfast - Franklin

1201 Liberty Pike Suite 101, Franklin, TN 37067

James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence brings his all-day breakfast concept to Franklin, adding another New Orleans-influenced brunch joint to the mix. Pulling from his childhood memories of lunch counters, drugstores, and diners, this casual homespun elevates greasy spoon staples with their in-house cured bacon, fresh-baked biscuits, shrimp-and-andouille stuffed omelets, and freshly squeezed juice cocktails.

1201 Liberty Pike Suite 101
Franklin, TN 37067

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