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By: Jennifer C.
Pancake Pantry
RUDE SERVICE!We have lived in Franklin for 2 years and finally decided to visit the famed Pancake Pantry. It was Monday at about 1:40, so no wait. Cute atmosphere, but nothing overly special. The waitress was very nice at first, and took our orders. The food came out pretty quickly, and it all looked wonderful...but my raspberry compote pancakes came out with cherry compote on them. I took a second taste to be sure, then summoned the waitress. I told her what I had ordered, and she said in a defensive voice, "those pancakes most certainly ARE raspberry." I looked at her in shock, and said, "well, they taste like cherry and I don't like cherry and they even have big cherries all over them." She took them to be exchanged. At that point, my husband, who was facing the kitchen, noticed her tasting my returned pancakes. GROSS! she actually ate after me, not knowing if I had any sort of cold or disease or anything. She then returned to say that they would replace them, but said that both she and the cook agreed that the returned portion was indeed raspberry. Argumentative! She seemed stubborn to a point. Again, I just looked at her, amazed that she was actually arguing with a customer, as if I didn't know the taste differences of raspberry and cherry! When the raspberry pancakes came out, they looked almost identical. The raspberries even looked a lot like cherries, believe it or not. But the taste was 100% raspberry. And 100% different than the first set of pancakes I was served. The waitress came over to our table a little later and said in an overly cheerful voice, "everyone happy now?" We were polite. But unfortunately, it tainted the whole visit. The lack of people skills in this world continues to amaze me. We did register our complaint with the manager as we left and the manager said he appreciated the feedback. The food was pretty good, but not overly spectacular. I actually like Bob Evans pancakes better. But the service was disrespectful, and made me not want to return.
By: Heather R.
Though the English teacher in me cringes at the uncapitalized name of this restaurant, I could easily fall in drunk love with the happy hour at blvd. For $8, you get to choose two (that's right, two!) items off their happy hour menu. Being an individual who likes to be well-rounded, I opted for champagne, grilled cheese, and everything that I could pick off the plates off my nearby friends. This proved to be a solid strategy.Let's start with the wine. To begin with, it had bubbles, always a point in favor of any champagne. Moving forward from these basic essentials, it was slightly sweet, caressing the insides of my throat as it quickly pushed me towards my very low drink limit. I like my champagne slightly sweet, but not saccharine, like my men, and this lived up to my expectations.On to the fontina grilled cheese. Fontina is the best of all cheeses to use for grilling, it would seem, as evidenced by the creamy deliciousness of this meal. I could feel my arteries crying out in moaning, ecstatic agony as I stuffed the entire thing into my gullet. The toast was crispy, the cheese well-melted--no complaints here.Finally, on to my third choice: Everyone else's food (one of the many benefits of hosting a happy hour club). The truffle fries were slightly under-salted (though, being a resourceful witch, I remedied this by using the salt shaker), and the mac and cheese did not impress me--it appeared to be noodles with melted cheese. No pizzazz, no flair, no interest in showing off its potential as one of the most perfect comfort foods ever invented. It seemed to be the only underachiever in a class of Ivy League-headed students. I will be back, to check out the rest of the happy hour offerings at this fine establishment!
By: Donna H.
My mother has shopped at this Kroger for over 30 years. She knew where everything was located and most of the employees well. Now that the renovation is complete of the Hwy 70 store, she does not like to shop there at all. The store is too massive now. The layout is more difficult to maneuver. And even though the idea of carrying more brands and more exclusive brands sounds good in theory .. the store now has less shelf space per brand. When 15 of an item used to be in the shelf, now there is maybe 5 of an item so the store tends to stay out of stock on key items. This location had a high population of elderly shoppers. The size and layout of the store is overwhelming for them now. The parking lot redo is ridiculous! Parking is more scarce than ever now. She doesn't recognize most of the employees now. My mother however and some of her friends are going to shop elsewhere. She is closer to a Publix and the renovation has pushed her toward shopping there. I myself have been in the Hwy 70 location a couple of times since the reno and I too feel overwhelmed! I do not like the new store at all. The last time I went in, I was attacked on the head by a bird. Very different atmosphere than when it seemed like a neighborhood grocery. Now it seems like a big, cold warehouse almost. Not impressed. The only saving grace was the employees were friendly and tried to be helpful but even they didn't know where things were.
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By: Victoria L.
Lucky Belly
I had very high expectations for Lucky Belly, as I'm a big fan of Two Ten Jack. I was quite entertained by the confusion I overheard from some college kids discussing the menu, "It's japanese....burgers?" The decor is super trendy, complete with servers in flannel shirts , faux graffiti, and a fireplace painted to look like a giant happy robot. The menu is, of all things, entertaining. Ever wanted to play Russian roulette with your sushi? Now you can. They have a Dare Devil roll, in which ONE random piece is loaded with Habanero Bullseye sauce. My tuna burger was topped with pickled onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and... Wasabi mayo. I got the mayo on the side because I don't handle spicy very well, but trust me when I say it's not hot at all, just delightful. I'm not big on fries, but the fries here are actually fantastic. The meal was wonderful. My friend ordered a cheeseburger with a jalapeƱo aioli and she really enjoyed her meal too and said she will be bringing more friends back soon. I also grabbed a side of eel nigiri because I wanted to try the sushi. Unfortunately, the sushi didn't quite measure up for me. The eel was just a little rubbery and dry and really light on the sauce. It's the only reason this isn't a five star review. Some might find the menu of Japanese inspired burgers, sushi, and spiked milkshakes confusing, but I personally found it delightful and am glad to have found this place!
By: Heather R.
City Winery
Have you ever fallen in love? Felt your heart race, and excitement course through you, and all you can think about is your next encounter with the object of your affections?That is how I will describe the truffle fries at City Winery.I will be honest, that I can only speak to the truffle fries and wine, but, on the basis of truffle fries alone, I am granting this place four stars. They are perfectly cooked wedges of potato, seasoned with truffle, parmesan, and prosciutto; they are a culinary romance of the tongue, so much so that, after splitting an order with a friend, we decided to promptly order a second order. Following that, we started plotting how we could get the waiters to bring us additional free orders.And therein lies the problem. City Winery is somewhat like a beautiful gold-digger, tempting you and asking for everything you have, all at the same time. It is so pricey that you (at least if you make a teacher's salary) are left wanting more. More free parking spaces (valet is $5), more alcohol (the cheapest wine glass was, I believe, $8), and more food (one order of fries was $8). The vibe is cool, the servers are great, and the truffle fries are absolutely worth the trip; however, don't come here for a quick and cheap rendezvous.
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By: Rodney W.
Sharpton Painting
My wife and I searched for several weeks, gathering and compiling proposals. Normally we just receive three proposals for whatever service we need done, but the painters we checked with for our painting job were all over the map with the amounts and varied so much when speaking of the prep and methods to be used. I called Mr. Sharpton and he arrived the next day for a proposal. He clarified the procedures to be used for our project and it was lined up with what we have researched. Sharpton's price was in the middle of the other bids we received so I Immediately felt comfortable with that. Sharpton Painting, completed a few rooms inside our home and repainted most of our exterior with the exception to some stucco areas in the front, side and back of our home. I was very impressed with the way the painters for Sharpton took care to cover areas to protect from any drips, etc. They spent ample time preparing the home after the power wash and all turned out great. They were all very professional and respectful and we felt comfortable with them at and in our home. The price was fair and the work end result was fantastic. I would highly recommend to anyone in the market for a good painting team.
By: Kenny C.
Sharpton Painting
Sharpton Painting was a sigh of relief! They were professional, prompt, reliable, responsive, knowledgeable, and most important they did everything they said they would. Sharpton and team was a sigh of relief because my wife and I have only ever had bad experiences with service companies, from being late to not showing up and giving excuses and disregarding our concerns. That was not a problem with Sharpton Painting, they took good care of our home and provided great quality work. We only wished they would provide others services - as we would only hire them for all our service needs. We wouldn't consider trying another company for painting... they are stuck with us, we have let all our friends and family know of the rare good services. The prices they charged are not the cheapest but they were also not out of the ballpark either. The employees Mr. Sharpton has are well rounded professionals. The men we had working on our project were brothers and worked well together ( you may want to request them). We will be happy to use them again in the future. Finding good quality professional home service is rare now a days, so when you find it keep it.
By: Debbie C.
This newly remodeled Kroger has a wonderful variety of foods and non-edibles. I particularly like the organic foods located between the bakery and bread section, and it is nice to be able to buy some natural foods in bulk. The staff is consistently helpful and friendly. The store's layout is not particularly customer friendly. It takes me twice as long to shop now because of the relocation of items and the inconvenience of having to circle around the massive produce, cheese, deli, and bakery areas. I also find it in poor taste to have to walk through the adult beverage aisle to get to the loaves of bread. I also think of how difficult it is for people in a hurry to transverse from one end of the store to the other for bread and milk, but I know that is part of the game consumers must play in supermarkets. The availability of parking seems to have improved, but it can be very dangerous trying to enter or exit from both Old Hickory Blvd. and Highway 70. I give this Kroger a 3-star rating due to overall inconvenience.
By: Walter Y.
Sharpton Painting
We loved these guys. The only problem was the wait. We had a large exterior job to be done, but with all the horror stories now a days we knew we had only one shot at making the right choice. Sharpton Painting is awesome, the price was fair and they completed within the time they set for our job. We wished it was not such a long wait, but after doing business with them, I can see now why they are so popular. There was no hidden fees and we payed what they quoted us. The work was done high quality and professional, plus they gave us a multi year warranty that is the best on the market. We had to wait over two months for these guys since our job would take as they said " a lot of realestate " in their schedule, but in hindsight we would do it again and do it in a heartbeat. Thankfully my wife did a lot of research and convinced me to wait for them. My advice is, If you have a larger project, and if there is a wait for them I would recommend you wait. They are worth the wait...
By: Anna kate D.
5th & Taylor
We visited 5th & Taylor for a bachelorette brunch.From the moment we walked in, the staff was friendly and extremely attentive. We were a tad hungover from festivities the night before, so having a server who constantly kept our glasses full of water and coffee was a game changer. We sat near the kitchen so I had the privilege of watching a parade of breakfast sandwiches and huge slices of quiche come out while I pondered the menu. My best friend and I couldn't decide on just one thing, so we decided to split the biscuits and gravy along with the shrimp and grits. The shrimp and grits were hands down the best I have ever had, and I consider myself to be a shrimp and grits connoisseur. The shrimp were plump and cooked perfectly. The grits were the right consistency and the rue was flavorfully seasoned. The biscuits were fluffy and the gravy was good- but I was stuffed before I really got to dive in. The menu may look a little pricy- but the portions and flavor are SO worth it!
Tips & Advices
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
Yes. A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
  • Whether they had issues with the crew
  • If the painters were messy or neat
  • How the paint has held up since the project was completed
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like.

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