When Burger Up Cool Springs opened in November 2011, I was already a fan of the original Burger Up on 12th Avenue South in Nashville. Over the past three and a half years, I have enjoyed many appetizers, burgers, shakes, and local draft beers at the Cool Springs location.

I love the Burger Up atmosphere. It is relaxed, modern, and locally inspired with a music play list resembling that of local radio station Lightning 100. Tonight, I sat at the bar, and a young man named Kristian was my bartender. He was friendly, funny, and happy to answer any questions I asked about the food or restaurant. Kristian showed personal interest in his guests, put everyone at ease, and even started enjoyable conversations between the diners at his bar.

burger up 2The décor and farm-to-table food draw in a wide variety of clientele from dating couples, families, and groups of friends to happy hour co-workers, professionals, and hip, young musicians and artists. Nowadays, many people are excited about restaurants like Burger Up, because they know their beef comes from local, high quality, sustainable grass-fed cattle farms like Bear Creek Farm in Leiper’s Fork. Burger Up also buys fresh, local produce from Creation Gardens.

On this trip to Burger Up, I ordered the Bear Creek Farm Classic Cheeseburger with Truffle Fries. While waiting for my food, I sipped on a cool, refreshing Soulless Saison from Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company in Franklin. With aromas of ginger, clove, and citrus, this French-Belgian Farmhouse Ale tasted crisp, slightly spicy, and bitter with a resinous finish.

Now, let’s talk about that savory, mouth-watering burger. The prime grade beef was cooked to perfection and topped with fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, crisp pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, and melted cheddar cheese. The flavorful beef patty had a nice, juicy texture, and it was well seasoned with herbs and spices. After a few scrumptious bites of burger, I tried the Truffle Fries. Seasoned with truffle oil and topped with shredded parmesan cheese, these fries had an earthy, slightly salty flavor. Most of the fries were not as firm as I usually like them, so I will probably order them “extra crispy” next time. The parmesan sprinkled fries gained an Italian zest when dipped in the housemade ketchup, which tasted of robust tomatoes, fresh garlic and onions, and a hint of Burger Up’s secret ketchup ingredient, Coca-Cola, for sweetness. The burger and fries also came with a large pickle spear on the side, which was crunchy, sour, and delicious.

burger up 3For dessert, I ordered an Oreo Mint Milkshake, which was even better than it looks! Perfectly sweet and creamy, this shake was an absolute delight to the taste buds, and an excellent way to finish such a delectable food experience. I look forward to my next visit to Burger Up!

Burger Up Cool Springs can be found at 401B Cool Springs Boulevard in Franklin near McAlister’s Deli and Moe’s Southwest Grill or online at www.burgerupcoolsprings.com. I would like to recommend the Local Nachos, Fried Mac & Cheese, Fried Pickle Chips, Bison Burger, Grilled Avocado Burger, Citrus Salmon Burger, Woodstock Burger, Turkey Burger, Black & Blue Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, Truffle Fries, and the Reese’s Cup Milkshake, as well.

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