The Honeysuckle, situated off of I-65 by the Cool Springs Galleria, is a haven for anyone looking for a bit of a break from their shopping or traveling excursions. I had never been to The Honeysuckle Local and Social, the beautiful and pricey restaurant in Franklin, so when I happened to be in the neighborhood today, I decided to check out their brunch menu. Chef Jim O’Connor, Executive Chef at The Honeysuckle, vision is to inspire with creative Southern plates, nourish his guests, and provide a world class dining experience.
The Honeysuckle is housed in a larger, square building which features several tables with chairs and booths scattered throughout the space. There is also a bar at which to eat, which is perfect for parties of one. Most of the people dining were middle-aged to older couples, but there were sprinklings of other groups like families and younger couples. It’s comfortable for sure, so simply decorated you can’t help but notice the small details — and that’s a compliment. The interior features plenty of natural wood and simple, clean lines. The décor is sleekly modern with chalkboard signs, it’s the kind of place you want to hang out with a beer. Service was good, the bar staff was friendly and accommodating. Overall a good experience, but I think the value doesn’t quite match up to the $12-$21 price of the brunch entrees.
- Southern Charcuterie $14 – Choose from country hams and artisan cheeses served with flavored mustard, breads, jams, and pickles. The Southern charcuterie platter was fine, a little skimpy for the $14 pick 3 price. A few slices of Finocchiona were served with two small portions of Cambozola and Gouda cheese, spicy pickles, whole grain mustard, and a jam. Overall very good, liked the thinly sliced meat that was used.
Southern Omelette $12– farm fresh with 3 eggs, country ham, pimento cheese, fried green tomato, and breakfast potatoes. This fluffy egg envelope was a nostalgia rush with a wonderful taste. I typically like mine with Tabasco on top, but I could not ruin this delicious food with anything extra. The omelette had a wonderful egg texture and vast flavorful assortment of fillings.
Honeysuckle Omelette $12– farm fresh with 3 eggs, spinach, goat cheese, peppers, and breakfast potatoes. The flavorful blend of goat cheese and veggies was pretty consistent in every bite, which I can’t say about most restaurant omelettes I’ve had. The potatoes did the job, but didn’t overachieve.
Wash it all down with an wide selection of local and craft beers, including Black Abbey The Rose, Blackstone St. Charles Porter, Jackalope Bear Walker Brown, Mayday Evil Octopus, and TN Brew Works Basil Ryman.
While some of the food failed to wow, what did leave an impression was the personable, friendly service throughout the visit. But does friendly trump flavor? The Honeysuckle offers heaping helpings of the former. The latter is almost there, but it may not fill up your plate in equal shares. But it is a great destination when it comes to menu variety.
What to skip: The breakfast potatoes. They were cold and not seasoned well on both orders. Pick another side, they have a lot of options like grits, fruit, and pork belly macaroni and cheese.
A tip: Go during happy hour which is everyday from 3pm – 6pm with $4 select wines, $5 well drinks, 2 for 1 drafts, $6 Martinis, and Bar Bites.
BRUNCH AT THE HONEYSUCKLE:
Location: 1770 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067 (615) 771-2111
Brunch Hours: Saturday 11am & Sunday 10am
Reservations: Recommended Opentable
Price: $12-$20 a plate, Libations $10
Attire: Nice casual.
Credit cards accepted: Yes.
Parking: Free parking