Franklin >Food & Dining > Dotson's Restaurant
99 E Main St, Franklin, TN | Directions 3706435.926533 -86.865910
Monday To Friday From 07:00 AM To 08:30 PM Saturday To Sunday From 07:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Absolute BEST Fried Chicken Livers! FANTASTIC Coconut Pie. Really good veggies. Great place for Good Ol' Southern food. Rates up there with Arnolds and Sylvan Park imho.
Overpriced greasy spoon! – An overpriced greasy spoon place. I was not impressed.
I had never had crunchy banana pudding before with under ripe bland bananas! Yuk! I will not be back.
Dotson's-what a disappointment – We went to Dotson's for my mom's birthday - Sunday at lunch time. It's been 5-6 years since my last visit but I remember it being a pretty good place. We were a party of 5 and there was no wait but it took 10 minutes for someone to acknowledge us and take us to a table. Then, once we were seated it was another 20 minutes before anyone took our drink orders - our waitress was really nice and very frazzled, not sure what was going on but it seemed that she was making the best out of a bad situation. Now, onto the food - three of us ordered breakfast and our grits were cold, and my eggs were cold as well. No hint of warmth. My cousin had the fried chicken with his breakfast and said it was hot and very good. My son had a hamburger and baked beans that he thought were good, and my mom enjoyed her country fried steak. She also had sweet potato casserole that she loved - I had a bite and it was delicious. It didn't seem that anything other than the fried chicken and sweet potato casserole were actually "homemade". So - not all bad on the food but overall a disappointment. Our waitress very kindly brought us more grits, but the second batch was only slightly warmer than the first. However, the worst part of all was when we went up front to pay and the cashier treated us very rudely when we tried to pay with a debit card. Apparently they only take cash/checks. How archaic! Fortunately, my mom had cash with her, but I was thoroughly embarrassed by how rude the cashier was. Cold eggs and grits, rude staff - I won't be back. Please, please if you have friends/family in town and want to take them to a local place - don't choose Dotson's. Loveless Cafe, Millers Grocery, Pancake Pantry, Puckett's are all much better choices!
Tasty food, good price – Went to Dotson's a couple weekends ago for breakfast and it was very good. The place isn't much to look at from the outside, and the inside has a simple, down-home feel to it.
We found a table and were served quickly. The service was friendly and our waitress made sure that we got re-fills on coffee before we even had to ask.
I had a breakfast platter of eggs, bacon, and biscuits with country gravy which were all quite good. One of my friends got the breakfast with a fried chicken breast. He thought it was really good and he is a big fried chicken fan.
For as much food as you get the price is really quite small. I think the breakfast platter and coffee that I got came out to a total of $6.50.
For good, simple, country food in a relaxed, friendly environment, you can't do a whole lot better that Dotson's.
Rating – I have heard this was a good place to eat..... but after reading so many bad reviews I won't try it.
it isn't what it use to be – Over the years as I traveled through the area and this was a place I would always go but in the last year the quality of food has gone down. Have they sold to new owners? The first couple of times I passed it off because we all have bad days. But this last time was not only a disappointment but confusing. I don't know what you would have to do to make food that bad. The cornbread was burned and microwaved within an inch of its life. Needless to say it was hard as a brick and cold to boot. The chicken was cold and greasy and if I didn't see it for myself I wouldn't have believed it but the waitress put it in the microwave which over cooked it and made gave it a rubber texture.
Burned, cold and greasy. I left hungry and went to eat somewhere else.
By the way I have never written a bad review because I have been in the business and understand how hard it is but nobody should leave a restaurant hungy!!!
Dotson's- Where Quality Exceeds Reputation – I have been to Dotson's about a dozen times, always at lunch during my work week. It is always the same, and occassionally the owner will come by, humbly bragging (if that is possibe) about the care that goes into the food at his restaurant. Let me tell you, this place is the real deal.
I have had fried chicken, meatloaf, and pork chops at this place. The fried chicken is absolutely amazing - the crust falls apart in your mouth. The owner has told me on more than one occasion how he washes his chicken twice before frying it. The meatloaf is hearty, but too heavy like many meatloaves I have eaten. Pork chops? To die for!
The sweet potato casserole has a creamy and light texture. The owner tells me he orders real sweet potatoes year-round to make this delectable dish- none of that canned stuff for him, thank you very much. I do not like sweet potato casserole, but I love it at Dotson's. And if you leave without trying the mashed potatoes with gravy and the creamed corn, you have committed a crime against your taste buds. The only thing I am not sure about is whether or not they have a child's menu- I will need to find out about that.
The wait staff is friendly, and they do say "honey" and "sweetie" at times, but it is real, and not a marketing ploy. I have read some reviews compaining that they had to stand around for ten minutes only to seat themselves. That may be so, but the people here expect their guest to make themselves at home. Just ask someone to help you if you aren't seated, and they will take care of you.
Never a bad experience – Most welcoming, good southern cooking, great atmosphere. If you don't like country cooking, great people and enjoy life. Don't go, I am sure you'll have something to complain about. Wish I was there right now.
Dotson's let me down – How absolutely embarrassing. I had out of town guest visiting me a week ago and I wanted to take them some place unique. I hear Dotson's was suppose to be a friendly place to eat, with lots of good Southern home cooking and Southern hospitiality. So I took my friends there on a Sunday afternoon.
We stood in at the door for at least 10 minutes - NO ONE came over to us. FINALLY I asked the sour puss at the cash register if we were going to be seated. She grumbled that we should just go sit down.
We picked an empty booth -then waited, and waited, and waited. FINALLY a slow moving unenthused waitress came over and took our order. I'll tell you - the food was not at all that great. The service was God awful ..
At least I got to take my friends to The Loveless Cafe before they headed back home. Loveless was a much better experience.
Highly Recommend – I've lived here now for 2 years, we go to Dotsons all the time. It's packed on the weekends and for good reason. The food is great and the service, albeit not always so fast because of the crowd, is very friendly! We've even run into a few of the country music stars there and if they're eating there, you know it's good. It may look like "a hole in the wall", but it really is a great place to go. You'll be treated like family every time and the food is pretty darn good! For people that gave it a bad review, there isn't a restaurant on the planet that hasn't screwed something up one time or another. This one's worth the trip.
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