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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
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Sun - Fri 10:30 - 14:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

1 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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78 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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
Nashville, TN
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The quality and flavor of the food here is consistently high. I won't eat at any other meat & 3 in Nashville because this is real home style cooking. Portions are generous. Aside from my mother's fried chicken (you understand), their's is the best.

Thank sandratennessee
Tuscumbia, Alabama
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were looking for a restaurant with home-style cooking and found one in the Cool Café in Franklin, TN. The night we were there we got the roast beef and the meat was stacked up and covered half the plate! The "meat and three" was better than we expected and we can heartily recommend the Cool Café for those who... More 

Thank Philco43
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much Philco43! Hope to see you again on your next trip! More 

Huntsville, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We just happened upon this little gem, went in expecting cafe type sandwiches and woooh and behold the best catfish and banana pudding EVER! This is a definite stop when ever in Franklin TN

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

So glad you found us @ The Cool Cafe! Sunday through Friday, we serve Lunch and Monday through Thursday we serve dinner with our Meat and Three menu. On Friday and Saturday Nights, you will find another surprise here and we hope you will come back then. We become the best steakhouse around as STEAK NIght @ the Cool Cafe.... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 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 26 September 2016

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 

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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
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
Cheap Eats, 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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