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.Â Chef Jim Oâ€™Connor, Executive Chef at The Honeysuckle,Â 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.Â Most of the people diningÂ were middle-aged to older couples, but there were sprinklings of other groups like families and younger couples.Â Itâ€™s comfortable for sure, so simply decorated you canâ€™t help but notice the small detailsÂ â€” and thatâ€™s a compliment. The interior features plenty of natural wood and simple, clean lines. The dÃ©cor is sleekly modern with chalkboard signs, itâ€™s the kind of place you want to hang out with a beer. Service was good, the barÂ staff was friendly and accommodating.Â 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 $14Â – Choose from country hams and artisan cheeses served with flavored mustard, breads, jams, and pickles.Â The SouthernÂ charcuterie platter was fine, a little skimpy forÂ the $14 pick 3 price. A few slices of FinocchionaÂ were served with twoÂ small portions of Cambozola and Gouda cheese, spicy pickles, whole grain mustard, and a jam.Â Overall very good, liked the thinly sliced meat that was used.Â
Southern Omelette $12-Â farm fresh with 3 eggs, country ham, pimento cheese, fried green tomato, and breakfast potatoes.Â This fluffy egg envelopeÂ was a nostalgia rush with a wonderful taste.Â I typicallyÂ like mine with Tabasco on top, but I could not ruin this delicious food with anything extra.Â The omelette had a wonderful egg texture and vast flavorful assortment of fillings.Â
HoneysuckleÂ Omelette $12-Â farm fresh with 3 eggs, spinach, goat cheese, peppers, and breakfast potatoes.Â The flavorful blend of goat cheeseÂ and veggies was pretty consistent in every bite, which I canâ€™t say about most restaurant omelettes Iâ€™ve had. The potatoesÂ did the job, but didnâ€™t overachieve.
Wash it all down with an wideÂ 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 theÂ food failed to wow, what did leave an impression was the personable, friendly service throughout theÂ visit. But does friendly trump flavor? The HoneysuckleÂ 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:Â The breakfast potatoes. Â 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:Â Go duringÂ happy hourÂ which is everyday fromÂ 3pm – 6pm withÂ $4 select wines,Â $5 well drinks,Â 2 for 1 drafts,Â $6 Martinis, and Bar Bites.Â
BRUNCH AT THE HONEYSUCKLE:
Location:Â 1770 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067Â (615) 771-2111
Brunch Hours:Â Saturday 11am & Sunday 10am
Reservations:Â RecommendedÂ Opentable
Price:Â $12-$20 a plate, Libations $10
Attire:Â Nice casual.
Credit cards accepted:Â Yes.
Parking:Â Free parking