If you’re looking for a nice restaurant to try in the Nashville area, I’d highly recommend Red Pony Restaurant in downtown Franklin. I’ve been there several times, and each time I wonder why I don’t eat there more often. I’ve been for drinks and appetizers on the second story deck. I’ve also been there for leisurely dinners in the dining room with friends. And every time I am impressed with the quality of the food and the attention to detail while serving gluten-free meals.
Red Pony has a warm, romantic ambiance, but the high ceilings and hard wood floors make for a very loud evening. It doesn’t take long, however, for the robust laughter from happy diners all around to make you feel right at home.
The first time I dined at Red Pony I made a reservation through Open Table and mentioned that I required a gluten-free meal. This was ages ago, before ordering gluten free was trendy. When we checked in at the hostess desk, the hostess confirmed that they were aware of my allergy and had already notified my waiter.
Last weekend we were at Red Pony again. I had called for a reservation the day before and didn’t mention needing a gluten-free meal. But when our waiter came to the table, he asked which of us had the gluten allergy. Apparently we are in their system. That kind of attention to detail makes me a return customer.
Plus, the food is incredible. Because of the dark restaurant, the photos don’t meet my standards, but they’ll give you an idea.
Grilled Kale with Bonnie Blue Goat Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Pinenuts and Lemon Oil
Grilled Scottish Salmon with Balsamic Figs, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Polenta and Arugula
They do not have a separate gluten-free menu, but the waiters understand gluten, and if there are any questions they get their answers directly from the chef. I felt 100% confident in the safety of my meal.
For high quality, southern comfort food with gluten-free options, give Red Pony Restaurant a try. Gluten-Free Cat gives it two paws up!
408 Main Street
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