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Cool Cafe

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Bar, Seafood, Soups, American, Cafe, Pub
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1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
+1 615-599-0338
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Fri 10:30 - 14:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
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Nashville, Tennessee
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94 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The greater Nashville area is fond of the "meat and three"--locally owned places that offer a varied menu cooked southern style, and typically offer up some combination, depending on the day of the week, of deviled eggs, mayo based salads, three bean salad, pickled beets, green beans and greens that are long simmered and require the involvement of a pig,... More 

Thank K W
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is outstanding! Great food, great people and a relaxed atmosphere. Sometimes in the evening it's hard to tell whether or not it's open as they lower the shades to block the evening sun, but it's open until 8p so come on in. I've become a regular and my staple is the Extra Hot Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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174 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My first visit here. My wife suggested we dine here after church this morning. Looks can be deceiving. This place is tucked away in a small neighborhood-type strip center just off Highway 431/Hillsborough Road and Mack Hatcher Bypass in Franklin near the Williamson County Recreation Center. Back to the looks department -- simple, casual with pub like vibe. Posters of... More 

Thank Steven D
Sherrie P, Public Relations Manager at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Steve D! So glad your wife suggested Cool Cafe. We love happy customers and it sounds like you are one! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We would like to know what we could do to improve for your next review to be a "5"? You are correct, we do have a 70's sort of... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Not a traveler on this one, I live in Franklin. Cool Cafe is a locally owned, everything from scratch, bona fide meat & three during the week, then it transforms itself into an outstanding steakhouse on Friday and Saturday evenings. I have been numerous times for lunch and everything I have had has been great, especially the meat loaf, fried... More 

Thank Harrison W
Franklin, Tennessee
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This is my favorite meat and three. The food is tasty, the portions are large, and the staff is friendly. My husband and I were there the other day and my husband actually got brussel sprouts (something he doesn't like when I cook them!) so I asked Tim, the owner, how he cooked his. He was so cute when I... More 

Thank bnorrid
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

I did not expect a cafeteria line and Styrofoam dinnerware. I did not expect to see foods in serving containers that looked dry, overcooked and fried. I walked through the line several times and nothing looked appetizing. The reviews took us there and perhaps I don't really understand good southern food but I didn't read any review that said we... More 

2 Thank Joan M
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Once you have tried our food, you won't mind the paper plates or plastic utensils. Each menu item is prepared fresh several times a day, from old, tried and true, southern recipes. We cook in large quantities to feed lots of patrons in a timely manner. Our serving line allows us to serve quickly, while greeting our customers and answering... More 

Brentwood, Tennessee
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

You get a huge plate of awesome food here for a reasonable price!! I prefer the Mon & Wed veg options, but if I'm in the area, I'm there any other day too! Most of the time I'm too full to have any of the fantastic deserts - so I may need to do what the kids do - start... More 

Thank ChessMc
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much ChessMc!!! More 

Franklin, Tennessee
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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

I know that may be hard to believe but it's true. This place really stands out as the best meat and three I have ever dined at. They take pride in everything they do. Go here and see what I mean.

Thank autojob1111
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

If you liked Cool Cafe you need to try our Steak Night on Friday and Saturday Nights from 4-9. Look us up on the web or just come by and try us out. We do not disappoint. Thank you for your business, Tim More 

1 review
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Cool Cafe is the best home cooking meat-and-three I have ever visited. The folks work hard to deliver hearty meals at a reasonable price. If you are in the area I would highly suggest a meal at Cool Cafe. Enjoy

Thank Chad M
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Chad M! It's Sherrie, Marketing Manager for The Cool Cafe. Thank you so much for the great review of the food and staff. The "Cool Crew" works hard to make sure our food is the best in town and all of Middle Tennessee! We appreciate our patrons and serve up large portions and smiles all around! More 

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95 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Friday & Saturday night the cool cafe turns into a great steakhouse. Iron skillet steaks cooked perfect. What a find ! Steak - salad -side all included. Good atmosphere nice music playing in background. Full bar available and to finish , perhaps a chocolate-Tini or maybe cherry cobbler . Give it a try, you will be very pleased ......

Thank Nick T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Bar, Seafood, Soups, American, Cafe, Pub
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: +1 615-599-0338
Cool Cafe blends "Fine Southern Food" and scratch cookin' for a scrumptious and hearty meal for lunch and dinner. We serve lunch Sunday through Friday and dinner Monday through Thursday. Entrees, like Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, Pot Roast, and Chef's Specials such as Lemon Baked Chicken, Baked Tilapia and Chicken Mexico, team up with a variety of freshly cooked vegetables such as, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Fried Corn, Turnip Greens, White Beans, Creamed Spinach, Fried Okra and Mac and Cheese. All are served with your choice of yeast rolls or cornbread. One of our special items, served Sunday through Thursday, is HOT CHICKEN on white bread and served with homemade pickles. What a treat!
If you would like something "Cool", try our Cool Salads: Broccoli Salad (Tim's special recipe), Cole Slaw, Cranberry Salad, 3 Bean Salad, Pea Salad, Potato Salad, and delectable Chicken Salad made with green grapes and a special creamy sauce. And don't miss the old fashioned, just like Grandma
used to make, Deviled Eggs!

A must have is dessert, and oh, what choices there are! The house special served everyday is the World Famous Banana Pudding, made from scratch pudding, fresh bananas, vanilla wafers and a 5 inch cloud of real meringue! Then there are the fruit cobblers, two choices daily, apple, cherry, peach, and blackberry. The daily specials rotate and there are choices like made from scratch Brownies with house-made caramel sauce, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. There are a variety
of cupcakes, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, and Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing! Be on the lookout for new and/or seasonal desserts, such as Pumpkin or Pecan Pie!

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