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Dumplin’s GF Menu in Downtown Franklin

9 Comments 20 June 2011

Dumplin’s GF Menu in Downtown Franklin

Dumplin’s is a lunch hotspot in downtown Franklin on Main Street.  Known for their delicious lunch plates and salads, this little restaurant is the perfect place to meet a friend or grab takeout on your lunch break.

I stopped going to Dumplin’s about five years ago.  After I learned of my gluten intolerance I joined friends at Dumplin’s a time or two, but I just couldn’t do it any longer.  It was too hard for me to eat there because of these.

Dumplin’s is famous for the incredible basket of homemade rolls that welcomes each table of customers (and of course for their Chicken and Dumplins).  These soft, fluffy rolls tasted like the bread I used to bake with my grandmother, and watching my gluten-enjoying friends eat them after my diagnosis was pure torture.  So I haven’t wanted to go back.

Just recently I heard that Dumplin’s now has a gluten-free menu, so I had to try it out.  I was secretly hoping that they’d have a gluten-free version of those scrumptious rolls, but not yet.

I was very impressed with the menu.

Gluten-free diners have the option of six different salads, and all of their salad dressings are gluten-free.

I chose the Briar Club Salad, because I remember loving this salad back in the day.  This mixed greens salad with chicken, madarin oranges, raisins, and cashews with orange yogurt dressing is delicious!

I spoke with the manager at length about their gluten-free menu.  She was diagnosed as a Celiac five years ago, so she has worked hard to make sure that Celiacs can eat safely at Dumplin’s.  They have a separate area in their kitchen where the gluten-free orders are prepared.  She even assured me that the cashews in my salad were not manufactured in a plant that also produces wheat products.  They have done their research.

Dumplin’s salads are great, but lest you think that there isn’t anything “special” for the gluten-free customers, they do have a wonderful dessert!

The Ooey Gooey Cheese Cake is worth the trip to Dumplin’s on its own!  Now, this isn’t a cheesecake.  It’s a cheese cake, a white cake made with cream cheese.

And I just so happened to luck out and come on a day when Dumplin’s had gluten-free cupcakes left over from an event.  Lucky me!

I highly recommend Dumplin’s for a healthy lunch, and maybe even an ooey, gooey treat that everyone can enjoy.  Have you tried Dumplin’s gluten-free menu yet?

428 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064-2782
(615) 791-4651

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  1. You make me miss Nashville! I’m storing up a list of places to visit whenever I make it down there again…

  2. Well, initially I wouldn’t be too excited about all salads for meal options, but they sound (and look) good. The cake looks great, too. Maybe one day they’ll only have a gf version of their rolls for all to enjoy safely. :-)


    • Heather says:

      I’m with you, Shirley. Usually I’ll say, “I can make my own salads at home.” When I’m out, I want something I can sink my teeth into. But these really are yummy.

  3. El De says:

    I just took a job down the street. You made my day. I may try it tomorrow.

  4. I’m so glad I came across your blog. I’ve lived in Franklin for a while now but haven’t made it in time for HRH’s 11-2 window. I haven’t eaten gluten in almost 2 years and having something I can trust that’s so close makes it a must.


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