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Cool Cafe

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1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
(615) 599-0338
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This little gem tucked away in a strip mall off Hillsborough Road has the best food I've found in Middle Tennessee! Everything is exceptionally good and Tim's banana pudding is just like your Grandmother's (if you're from the south and your grandmother was so inclined to make banana pudding). They usually have fried chicken and pork chop Tuesday is worth... More 

Thank Dennis P
Kingston Springs, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have dined at the Cool Cafe on two separate Friday nights and one Saturday night. I am a huge Ruth Chris fan and these steaks rivals Ruth Chris and a lot less expensive. The sides, baked potato and the Iceberg Lettuce Wedge were terrific. I cannot speak highly enough about the staff, service beyond description, just really good service.... More 

Thank tlburnside1
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Tom!!! It is very important to us that our customers keep coming back and having a marvelous dinning experience. Here, it is all about the food and your enjoyment. We appreciate you taking the time to let others know about your experience at STEAK Night at the Cool Cafe!!! More 

West Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had heard good things about the steaks, so It was time to see for myself. We arrived at 6PM on a Monday night and was given a warm welcome by the staff. Our Server knew the menu through and threw answering all my questions. The atmosphere was just right and dinner was mouth watering. A manager came by to... More 

Thank goast01
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and sharing your experience! At Cool Cafe and STEAK Night @the Cool Cafe, we work hard to provide the best food and service for your enjoyment. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had lunch couple months ago and very much enjoyed it. We invited two of our friends to go to CC for dinner on a Friday night (Steak Night). The service was marginal. Two ordered steaks, a strip and a filet. Both were overcooked, burned. The strip was full of fat. The hashed cauliflower was badly burned... More 

Thank terrymcg
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Our party of three decided to give this local place a try and glad we did. We were heading for the Downtown Franklin spots but decided to take a detour to a less known to tourist site. On this day they had Nashville Hot Chicken as their featured item along with their regular fried chicken along with meatloaf. The list... More 

Thank SOster
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Friday night service was great...food was exceptional. I highly recommend this as your Friday/Saturday dining out experience. Or check out their lunch and dinner take home on other nights of the week.

1 Thank Cathy H
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment! We love serving our STEAK Night menu and our Cool Cafe menu. Come in whenever you are hungry, I am sure you will be delighted!! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Hey folks - check out this seriously good place. The hot chicken was superb - cooked perfectly. It's a meat and three - they had a chicken casserole, fired chicken and pork chops as other meats. Great sides too. The service was good and the environment comfortable. They were busy but it was still A+

2 Thank Dale J
Tim N, Public Relations Manager at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Dale J. I am the Marketing Director for Cool Cafe. Are you from this area? We are celebrating 11 years in business and love new customers. I was wondering if this was your first visit to Cool Cafe? You may not have heard about our special weekend evening event, "STEAK Night @ the Cool Cafe". We... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

I may just be "spoiled" by having the best "meat and three" close by so when I heard this was "the best", I had to try it. I'm not sold. The choices of meats were, hot chicken, barbecue chicken, fried chicken and meatloaf. I guess you need to like chicken. I ordered the barbecue but it was too sweet for... More 

Thank fizzy1991
Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Friday and Saturday nights are Steak Night at Cool Cafe. Entree are served with salad and a side. The steak is tender and done to perfection! They also have talapia, chicken, and catfish. The baked potato was huge. Sides include broccoli salad, shoestring potatoes, Brussel sprouts and jalopeno grits to name a few. The atmosphere is intimate and conducive to... More 

1 Thank Bdcave
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

Cool Cafe is a quaint restaurant serving typical Southern meat and three items. The turnip greens are delicious. Restaurant gets crowded during lunch, especially on Sundays but since you order food through buffet line, service is fast.

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

Thanks so much for your comments. We love to serve our patrons freshly cooked veggies and a variety of entrees. We take pride in serving you quickly so you can get on with your day. Just take plenty of time to enjoy the food! Come back soon. We look forward to serving you again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $9
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: (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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