Food & Drink

Milo’s Coffee House, Portland – Looking for a great cup of coffee? This cozy coffee house serves great breakfast items, lunch, and the best cup of coffee! Their menu includes several specialty coffees and hot teas.  This place has a great vibe for a small town shop.

5 Chefs, Portland – open only for lunch but serves a hearty meat & three, tasty sandwiches and fresh salads. Save room for dessert because their cakes are delicious and generously sized!  My personal favorite is the strawberry cake but you won't go wrong with any choice.

Brickyard Café, Franklin, KY – one of our favorites for lunch or dinner; casual dining in a restored carriage house factory; Rattlesnake Pasta, Champagne Chicken & the Artichoke Spinach Dip are some of our favorite dishes.  Visit their Facebook page at

Top of the Ridge Restaurant, Portland - Home-town cooking at its best.  This locally owned Southern-style restaurant is sure to make your list of "must-returns".  Be sure to visit their website, as they are closed on Mondays and only open for lunch during the week. Daily specials are offered.

Tacos Mi Jalisco, Portland - This family-owned food truck is truly the hidden gem of the entire mid-state, according to my daughter.  Our favs include the quesadillas - especially the Baja with grilled shrimp. You can even get a glass-bottled cola with your order!  Grab your order "to-go" or sit out on the picnic tables by the truck to enjoy.

Mill House Café, Franklin, KY – located on the square in Franklin, always ready with a fresh pot of coffee; Serves breakfast and lunch items; welcoming & inviting atmosphere.

Colorado Grill, Franklin, KY- Serving steaks, burgers, ribs, seafood, pasta and anything in between; conveniently located just off I-65.

Frosty Freeze, Franklin, KY – serving guests since 1956, this ice cream and diner is always a favorite for kids of all ages.


Sol Azteca, Franklin, KY – Mexican – serves some pretty killer margaritas (heard from a friend); dine in or take out

El Portrero, Franklin, KY – Mexican – friendly service, great menu & pricing (has live music & karaoke on Saturday nights)

Portland Pizza & Pub, Portland, TN – fresh pizza made to order; local beers on tap; dine in or take out

And the familiar go-tos:

Cracker Barrel, Franklin, KY – a Southern favorite with traditional menus

McDonalds, Portland, TN

Zaxby’s, Franklin, KY

Popeye’s Chicken, Franklin, KY

Burger King, Franklin, KY & Portland, TN

Waffle House, Franklin, KY

Sonic Drive-in, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Hardee’s, Portland, TN