A Cash Only Diner That Feels Like Mayberry
Dotson’s is about as authentic a small-town country restaurant as they come. The cozy little spot is no-frills, but their food is always impressin’ the city folk. Order up some real fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, and biscuits and gravy and you’ll never want to venture up north again. The banana pudding and meringue pie can also draw a crowd - just make sure you bring cash (or a personal check - yes, they take those. We told you it was Andy Griffith-esque). This is a great spot to take someone for an authentic Southern experience or a relaxing place to read the morning paper. Franklin has been voted one of America’s most picturesque towns by publications all over the country. About 20-30 minutes outside of central Nashville, Franklin feels like a countryside that’s only a stone’s throw away from the big city; sprawling hills, cows a-grazin’, and star-gazin’ (the celestial kind and the country kind - pretty much every country star known to man has an estate in the area). The downtown strip boasts award-winning restaurants, live music, historic theaters, and Civil War museums. Franklin was the site of several important Civil War battles, so bring your history buffs here and knock their nerdy little socks off (we’re history nerds ourselves).