Round 2: Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant (Nashville, TN)
This was my second dinner at Puckett's, and it poured down rain both times. If Mother Nature is trying to stop me from eating here, she's going to have to do better than that. Tonight's entertainment was a musician named Matt Marinchick. I'd never heard of him, but he did a great job covering many different forms of country music. His Bass Pro Shop trucker hat may have been a tad unnecessary though. Regardless, it made for a really enjoyable meal.
I had planned on a smaller-size entree than usual, so I made sure to get an order of Bubba's Bones as an appetizer. Bubba's baby back ribs are dry-rubbed, cherry wood-smoked, flash-fried, and tossed in a sweet-hot barbecue sauce. That's a lot of hyphenated deliciousness.
These were undoubtedly some of the best baby backs I've ever eaten, mostly because Puckett's actually knows how to cook them correctly. Each bite of meat stayed put and waited its turn, none of this "falling off the bone" nonsense. The ribs were very tender and equally juicy. I couldn't taste any smoke, but that's likely due to the heat level more than anything. Bubba's sauce was as hot as advertised, yet it was also oddly pleasant. It burned my lips for a few minutes afterward and definitely got my palate revved up.
On my first trip to Puckett's, I got a traditional two-meat barbecue plate. Today, however, I had only one thing on my mind: Piggy Mac! It's basically a personal-sized skillet of pulled pork topped with smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese. The Piggy Mac is supposed to come with an unnecessarily-healthy house salad, but I requested a side of smashed sweet potatoes instead. There was also mention of a jalapeno johnny cake.
The johnny cake was excellent. I could definitely taste the jalapeno, and there was only a moderate spiciness so I could enjoy it, too. The slight sweetness also helped to temper the heat quite nicely. Their sweet potatoes were as butter-heavy as good comfort food should be. I would have liked some marshmallows though, and maybe a little cinnamon or nutmeg to jazz up the flavors.
With the delectable Piggy Mac sitting before me, it was impossible to spend more than a minute or two tasting the side dishes. The macaroni was gooey and delicious, and its crumbly topping was a perfect crunchy addition to the overall texture. Gouda is one of my favorite melting cheeses, and I think it was a great choice to pair with barbecue. The pulled pork was just as tender and tasty as it was during my first visit, which speaks highly for their ability to consistently churn out great barbecue. I managed to uncover a few bits of pork that still had their smoke ring. There were a few hints of smoke here and there, although cheese was certainly the dominant flavor. The melted cheese also made this dish a little greasy, but otherwise it was spectacular.
Their Deep Fried Brownie Sundae is almost irresistible, so the fact that we skipped out on dessert should tell you how full we all were. I hope my family comes to visit again soon, because I'm already aching for another excuse to eat at Puckett's.
Leaving Nashville: Puckett's Grocery
Sadly, our weekend in Nashville was coming to an end, but we are not the kind of friends to go quietly into the good night. Oh, no, we were going to squeeze one last hurrah out of this trip if it killed us. Lu had to get back home early for a family get together, so Julie, Merri and I decided to go home by way of Franklin for a little more shopping and, of course, lunch.
Downtown Franklin was preparing for a beer festival later in the day, so there was lots of activity. Tents were being set up all along the streets and vendors were busy putting up tables and getting their goods ready to sell. While there was a lot of activity, because we were there before the festival began, we were actually ahead of the crowds. There are so many cute shops in Franklin, that we were kept busy for quite a while before we realized we had not eaten all day. Famished, we made our way to Puckett's Grocery right in the heart of downtown Franklin.
If you remember our last trip to visit my niece in Franklin, we enjoyed dinner at Puckett's Boathouse. We really enjoyed Puckett's Boathouse, so we had high hopes for Puckett's Grocery. Puckett's Grocery opened in 2004 and was actually the second restaurant in the group of restaurants owned by Andy Marshall. The first Puckett's Grocery actually started out as a grocery store in Lieper's Fork and Marshall gradually transformed it into a restaurant and music venue with headliners like Lady Antebellum.
Inside, Puckett's Grocery Franklin is crowded with tables and has that old time country grocery store feel. We had a short wait and were given a buzzer so we would know when our table was ready. Luckily, there is an open doorway from Puckett's into the next shop which happened to be a cute little dress shop, so we amused ourselves in there until our buzzer buzzed.
While we looked at the menu, Merri couldn't resist the watermelon martini. It was really refreshing.
Just looking at these pictures makes me hungry all over again! The Nashville hot chicken sandwich that I ordered was so good. It came with fries and coleslaw and lots of pickles. It was spicy hot, but not too hot.
Merri ordered the chicken salad sandwich, but asked for it without the bread. The server was very accommodating and brought her a beautiful chicken salad plate with sweet potato fries. Merri loved it!
Jules got the fried green tomato BLT, also with sweet potato fries. It was delicious as well.
Julie loves cherry cobbler, so she could not resist when she saw that on the menu. It was wonderful, too.
Having stuffed ourselves yet again, we were finally ready to bid Tennessee adieu and head home to Alabama. It was a wonderful weekend with great friends, lots of laughs and scrumptious food. We will be back, Nashville!
Three Friends and a Fork give Puckett's Grocery 3 Old Fashioned Yums UP!
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Nashville TN
While the girlchild confronted her huge bowl of chili, Tory and I tackled her favorite lunchtime treat, the barbecued pork quesadillas. These were a regular entree since the downtown store opened two years ago, and since Tory eats here about twice a month, she’s had more than a few of these. A few months ago, they rejigged the menu and moved the quesadillas to the appetizers, causing our friend a painful shock to the system before a server assured her everything she wanted was still available...
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Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant
Before I left Nashville, I brunched at Southern style restaurant, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant. What started out over 50 year years ago as a country store, Puckett’s has expanded to a full service restaurant with a handful of locations.
Inside, you get a real down-home Southern vibe with friendly service. They also offer a stage where you can catch some live music with a side of Southern food.
Ok, so, I know it’s isn’t quintessential Southern food, but it sounded really delightful to me, so, I went for it. I ordered their most popular salad, Strawberry Field Salad with Grilled Salmon (mixed greens topped with strawberries, feta, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette). I really liked this salad, it was light, fresh, and any salad with a killer fruit/nut/cheese combo is a real bonus.
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant (Nashville, TN)
The wife and I had tickets to see Jason Aldean over at Bridgestone Arena, and an early pre-concert dinner seemed like a great idea. Since the tickets were part of my birthday present, I also had the privilege of choosing a restaurant. Puckett's was only a short walk from Bridgestone, which my wife was agreeable to despite the rain and cold temperatures. With several enticing barbecue options on their menu, how could I resist?
Puckett's has a really lively atmosphere, but I suppose that's par for the course in downtown Nashville. It has a much more relaxed feel than a lot of the other restaurants on Broadway though. They sat us right next to the stage. Too bad we were a few hours too early for the live music, which occurs nightly at Puckett's. The music is part of what makes this place popular, so reservations are a must for dinner, even on a weekday.
Our waiter was an extremely friendly local, a "good 'ol boy" as my mother-in-law would say. He gave us some really knowledgeable tips about the menu items, as well as some minor tweaks to make our selections even better. We never had to wait for a drink refill, and he came to check on us fairly often. I always appreciate service like that.
We had skipped lunch in preparation for our 4:30pm dinner, so my stomach was already rumbling. An appetizer was definitely in order. We decided to try the Fried Pickles. Yum!
The pickles were thinly sliced, making them more like chips. They had a mellow pickle flavor, and since I only like pickles in limited quantities, it was just right for me. Some pickle fans might find them lacking though. My wife thought they were a touch too salty, but it didn't bother me. Their fried pickles come served with some sort of chipotle-bacon ranch dressing. The ranch was an awesome compliment to the pickles, though the mild flavor left me wondering where all of the chipotle went.
I had originally planned on getting some of the dry-rubbed, cherry wood-smoked ribs, but at the last minute I decided they might be too messy. After all, I didn't want to spend the whole concert covered in rib juice. The menu says that the "Puckett's BBQ Platter" comes with your choice of pulled pork or chicken. Neither of those are my first choice when it comes to barbecue. Fortunately, our waiter told me (unofficially, of course) that not only could I get beef brisket on the platter, I could also make it a two-meat combo. Done and done. I ordered a duo of brisket and pulled pork. The platter also comes with sweet potato fries, baked beans, and coleslaw, but I substituted potato salad for the slaw.
The fries tasted fresh and homemade. They had a great sweet flavor, which was even better when dipped in the leftover ranch from our fried pickles. Puckett's beans were somewhat spicy and only slightly sweet. They were actually much better than the baked beans I normally encounter. The potato salad was full of big skin-on potatoes, giving it more of a German potato salad quality. It had a nice flavor from the pickles, and the low mayo content let the veggies shine.
I've been trying to acclimate myself to pulled pork ever since moving to Tennessee last summer. It's been a hard row to hoe. My affinity for beef aside, Puckett's pulled pork was nice and tender, with only a moderate amount of smoke. Although, I eventually found some nice pink pieces which had soaked up more smoke than others. The meat also had a nice seasoning blend mixed throughout. I would have liked more bark, but that's a personal preference.
Even though the brisket came out chopped, at least it was chopped into large pieces. And to be fair, I think they usually only serve brisket on sandwiches, so I can't really complain in light of my special menu request. The brisket had more smoke than the pork. It was also decently tender, especially the fattier bits. There was a commendable amount of flavor considering that the seasoned bark had all been trimmed away. I still prefer my brisket sliced, but this was still very tasty.
I tried a bite of my wife's smoked chicken sandwich, along with its jalapeno cornbread pancake bun. It tasted like there was molasses baked right into the bun, although I didn't taste much jalapeno. The chicken was both tender and juicy. There wasn't much smoke that I noticed, but that's not altogether unusual for chicken in my experience. She was happy with her meal, which is all that really matters.
The dessert menu includes something called a Deep Fried Brownie Sundae: brownie batter mixed with their triple threat cookie dough (chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch chips, and pecans), which is then battered, fried, and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Apparently this dessert took home the blue ribbon at the Southern Fried Festival. As full as we were, there was no way we could resist such obvious deliciousness.
Holy crap it has bacon on top!!! This thing was absolutely incredible. There were so many scrumptious flavors all piled on top of each other. With its state fair-style crispiness, the deep-fried brownie was even better than I imagined it would be. The salty bacon was great with the chocolate, and I really liked the crunchy pecans, too. Not even a crumb was left by the time we were done.
Puckett's isn't a traditional barbecue joint, but they're serving up some really tasty 'que nonetheless. I'm really glad we gave them a try, and I'll definitely be back.
Puckett's 5th & Church
Today is a bittersweet day for me: it's my last day as Digital Publicist at bhpub and next week I start working from home managing Selma_Wilson's blog and working more on my biz! I'm crazy thankful for the amazing team I've worked with, the crazy talented authors I have worked with and the relationships I've made. God has abundantly blessed me and this job has shown me even more of His loving faithfulness. I'm so excited about this next chapter that He's writing in my life and that I get to spend more time with Baby J!!
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
Puckett's 5th & Church is an American restaurant located in Nashville, TN. Reviews for the restaurant were very positive, and it is open every day from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays when they are open until 11:00 pm.
Reviewers were very positive about the food they received, as the restaurant offers a variety of American and Southern comfort foods that were well-received. Quality was solid, and ingredients were fresh, with some reviewers making positive remarks about the Redneck Burrito and Pulled Pork. Food was very flavorful and appetizing, with portions being filling and prices being reasonable.
The restaurant has a laid-back and fun atmosphere. Reviewers enjoyed the pleasant crowd and the charm of the restaurant. Congestion and noise levels can be high however, as the restaurant is very popular.
Service was good for the most part, with staff members being friendly and outgoing. Reviewers were mostly pleased with the service, but service times can be long and slow.