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“Everything from A to Z was fantastic!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of MacK and Kate's

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Ranked #59 of 366 Restaurants in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $36
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin Road & Moores Lane
Description: Sophisticated Southern and Gourmet Country are great ways to describe the cuisine at the charming Mack & Kate"s Cafe. Named after two sisters, MacKenzie and Kathleen, our family owned and operated establishment will make you feel right at home. Started in a small, sleepy town, Mack & Kate's humbled beginnings took place in a small service station. This charming little destination dining spot grew over eight years, resulting in the Strawn Family relocating Mack & Kates to Franklin, TN. We enjoy seeing our friends from our early days and our new friends here in Franklin. We use the freshest and finest when it comes to our ingredients and always support local farmers and growers. We pride our self in our accommodating and knowledgeable service team and the ability to consistently feed our customers what they are looking for; the freshest from the best.
Glenview, Illinois, United States
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109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Everything from A to Z was fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We were visiting Franklin for the ghost tour, so looked up some menus in the area and thought MacK and Kate's looked the most interesting.

We got there at about 9 on Saturday (they closed at 9:30) and were seated right away. The waitress came quickly to take our drink orders and told us about some of the specials and answered out questions. She was very sweet

The ambiance was very romantic, with dim lighting and a cozy feel.

I ordered the root-beer braised beef short rib with pear gnocchi. The beef literally just fell apart when you took a fork to it. Delicious. My boyfriend got the fried pork chop which came with gouda mac and cheese and what seemed to be some barbeque flavored greens. Delicious as well. Oh, I also got a side salad to start which was probably one of the best salads I've eaten despite being so simple. The dressing was yummy and had feta cheese on it. There were also little biscuits with some kind of lightly flavored butter (we didn't ask, but I was thinking strawberry or raspberry because it was pinkish).

We both had food left over because the portions were large. We got dessert to go. The caramel cake was to die for. Very flavorful and moist. The peanut butter pie was extremely rich and peanut buttery. It weighed probably a pound!

Over all, we couldn't have been more thrilled with our visit. Despite coming in toward the end of their night, we didn't feel rushed at all. Would definitely eat here again if we come back to Nashvile.

  • Visited March 2013
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Franklin, Tennessee
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“If you don't have a food budget, then eat nowhere else but here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place has an amazing menu. We've not seen it ever terribly busy (though I suspect Friday and Saturday nights may very well be), and in noway could afford to eat here regularly, but have enjoyed the few times we've indulged.

As other reviewers have stated, it's a very pompous atmosphere, but I've never dined or visited a place that cost a lot that was free of that. Just try to ignore it, if at all possible - and really just focus on their food if possible and you'll love it as much as we have!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wrk2hrd
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Nashville, Tennessee
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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“A great meal in a wonderful neighborhood setting.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal experience this evening. The meal was prepared superbly, and the service was excellent. Jake, our server, made great suggestions for our meals, including the choice of salads and wine. The scallops were prepared perfectly, which in a town this far from oceans can be hard to find, and the meatloaf delivered everything away loaf lover could desire! The fried green tomatoes starter was the best we've ever enjoyed.

This is one not to miss in Franklin!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Franklin, Tennessee
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Good food, a little expensive but worth the visit. Lot's of choices. Great lobster mac and cheese! I don't really feel like it is a family restaurant even though it serves family type dishes. A little stuffy, not a weekly visit type place but worth a trip every month or so!

Visited November 2012
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Thomasville, Georgia
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575 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 419 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

Mack and Kate's food is so scrumptious: on my visit this week I ordered the Cuban sandwich. It was actually the best sandwich I've ever had anywhere. So flavorful and oh, my stars delicious! The pasta salad served as a side is very good and the flourless chocolate torte is divine! My coworkers ordered chicken salads and they raved about them as well. Our server was wonderful: attentive, efficient and friendly. The decor in the restaurant is comfy and cozy and offers a nice complement to the great food. If you've never tried it, don't miss the lobster mac and cheese......yum up! This is a great restaurant for a special occasion dinner so bring someone you love and share a wonderful meal.

  • Visited September 2012
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