One of three locations in this small chain, the Franklin Buddies barbecue restaurant is located at the corner of the L in an L-shaped mall but has a very rustic appearance on the inside. On the inside it looks as if you were in a log cabin somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are very strong NASCAR influences with Sirius XM country music playing as you eat. The food was good but nothing extra-special with a variety of sauces available to favor your meat selection.
Favorite Dish: I had a sliced BBQ Beef Platter with applesauce and potato salad. The potato salad was the typical Southeastern picnic recipe and the applesauce was probably right out of a Mott's jar. The barbecue is said to have been "wood smoked, tender and flavorful." It was tender but there was no noticeable smoke flavor and it was not particularly hot when served. The weather has been a scorcher this weekend so perhaps people think that the food should be cooler but I have not had a hot meal since leaving Louisville Thursday morning.
Good but not great.
In many places, but particularly in the southeastern United States, the term "fish fry," conjures up pictures of large cauldrons of boiling cooking oil with massive quantities of fish, potatoes, and hush puppies frying in them with mounds of cold, delicious cole slaw near at hand. Churches once held them periodically as an excuse for social engagements as well as fund raisers. Today they are relatively rare so when I noticed a new restaurant named "Elmore's Fish Fry" in Franklin, I very optimistically decided that I would avail myself of this opportunity to revisit bygone days. They have only been open since early May so I hope that they will work out some of their shortcomings but I was a tad bit disappointed with their approach to the concept of "fish fry." You must place your order at the end of the bar and then when your meal is ready and served up in "to go" styrofoam, you return to the bar to pick up your food, go to the sideboard for plasticware, and beverage, and then either sit and watch "The Andy Griffith Show" (when Ron Howard was 7-years-old) or take your order home. The staff were friendly, and helpful enough, but the routine of order and service were not what one would hope to find at a mountain fish fry.
Favorite Dish: Tilapia is one of my favorite fish since my days in Rwanda and although its popularity is growing rapidly in America, there are still many American fish restaurants which do not feature it so I had to go for the tilapia. Automatic extras with all plates (actually to go boxes) are hush puppies, fries, cole slaw, and a serving of either tartar, cocktail, or horseradish sauce. The taste of everything was quite satisfactory but the fish, fries, and hushpuppies were, at best, lukewarm. Overall, I was slightly disappointed but will probably give them another try the next time that I am in Franklin with great hope that they will have learned to translate their ambition and friendly demeanour into better food presentation.