Restaurants & Eateries

MacK and Kate’s Cafe (Franklin, TN)

April 9, 2011

I love Twitter for a slew of reasons. I’ve only been on for about a year I think, and I have some pretty fabulous friends now because of it. Another reason? You can butt in to conversations which lead to tasty lunches! About a month ago I did just that, and met up with my Tweeps (you know Twitter peeps!) at MacK and Kate’s Cafe, located at 3087 Maddux Way, Suite 100, in Franklin. After drooling over their menu online, I couldn’t wait to go.

Mac n Cheese

So, how’s it taste?

See that big ol’ bowl of Mac n Cheese? That’s what heaven looks like. Surprisingly, mac and cheese is easy to screw up. I’ve eaten my fair share of gritty, greasy, tasteless goop, but you won’t find that at MacK and Kate’s. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the cheese sauce was incredibly decadent. It’s a blend of four cheeses and I forgot to ask what they were because I was in such bliss. They top it with cheese cracker crumbs and it adds a nice contrasting crunch to the creamy, rich pasta below. They also offer a version with lobster and I see a truffle version on the current menu. Swoon!

Caesar Salad

I also ordered a small side Caesar salad before my mac n cheese. It didn’t float my boat, so skip this and go straight to the rest of the menu. It was too skimpy on the dressing and cheese. The croutons were more like bites of fresh bread, way too soft for a salad. Although I will say the bread was fantastic. It’s got a bite of heat to it from the seasonings and they serve this yummy bread before your meal comes out.

bread plate

Speaking of the bread, check out the cute little bread plate! I so wanted to put this in my purse on the way out. Simmer down, I didn’t do it! I wish I had snapped a shot of the interior. This restaurant is so cute and has a real antique, artsy vibe on the inside. I liked how everyone at the table had a different plate, something I’m trying to do at home and forgo the matchy matchy.

Everyone at our table seemed pleased with what they ordered and I had such a tough time narrowing down my decision. So future trips to MacK and Kate’s are definitely on the agenda, especially after seeing the new Spring 2011 menu online. Drooling again! So thanks to Courtenay, Beth, Amy, and Emmely for a wonderful lunch, and not judging when I butt into their tweets about food!

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  • amy (fearless homemaker) April 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    i love reading your review + i’m so glad you joined us! i should’ve snuck a bite of your mac + cheese. =) my lunch – seared scallops on a spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette – was absolutely amazing + i can’t wait to get back there soon!

  • Lannae April 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Oh, MacK and Kate Cheese looks wonderful! Yeah, and that salad looks a bit sad. I find that many times at restaurants, salads are not made with care and thought like the one shown in your post. I would like salads to be given as much care as the other sides offered. If I get a chance to get a spoon into this restaurant, I am sure to heed your warning, skip the salad and get down to business of the rest of the menu.

  • Lesley Eats April 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    That mac and cheese looks DECADENT. I’m getting fat just looking at it. And hungry.

  • Heather April 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve heard a rumor that they have a gluten-free menu, but I can’t get anyone at MacK and Kate to return my email. 🙁