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Merridee's Breadbasket

110 Fourth Ave., Franklin, TN - (615) 790-3755
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/1/2006 12:05:00 PM
A wholesome bakery and restaurant in the charming town of Franklin, Merridee's is a source of fresh-baked rolls and breads to take home. It is also a place locals crowd for lunch. We could scarcely find a seat the day we stopped in with our Franklin friend Roger Waynick.

Place your order at the counter, and they call your name when it is ready, by which time, hopefully, you have found a table. It's a large menu that includes hot breakfasts and a vast array of oven-fresh rolls (almond swirl, cinnamon twist, sticky bun, muffins, biscuits, scones, etc.) as well as lunch of sandwiches, salads, and crescents ("No, not croissants!" says the menu), which are homemade bread doughs wrapped around turkey and honey mustard, spinach and feta cheese, or roast beef and Swiss.

The one sandwich Roger said was a must-eat is the Southern favorite, Pimiento cheese. Made of nice, soft white bread, it is an elegant mix of freshly grated white cheddar, pimientos, relish, and Hellman's mayonnaise.

For dessert: cake, pie, fudge brownies, and sugar tea cakes, available with espresso coffee drinks.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Pimiento Cheese Sandwich
Sausage Biscuit
Chess Pie
Fruit turnover
Sandwich Crescent
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Biscuits and Gravy
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We've never encountered a pimiento cheese sandwich outside the South. But it's a favorite from the Mississippi River to the Carolina Lowcountry.
"We've never encountered a pimiento cheese sandwich outside the South. But it's a favorite from the Mississippi River to the Carolina Lowcountry."
Michael Stern





Fruit turnovers are well-blanketed with sugary icing.
"Fruit turnovers are well-blanketed with sugary icing."
Michael Stern


Merridee's bread repertoire includes egg bread, oatmeal bread, Viking bread (wholegrains, wheatberries, flaxseed, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds), French bread, raisin-cinnamon, and cinnamon streusel. The array of cakes, braids, cookies, and braids is staggering.
"Merridee's bread repertoire includes egg bread, oatmeal bread, Viking bread (wholegrains, wheatberries, flaxseed, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds), French bread, raisin-cinnamon, and cinnamon streusel. The array of cakes, braids, cookies, and braids is staggering."
Michael Stern


Where the locals eat
"Where the locals eat"
Michael Stern


The breakfast pastries at Merridee's include such exotica as coconut rolls, cinnamon raisin biscuits, and chocolate butterflies, as well as traditional sweet rolls, muffins, sticky buns, and fruit turnovers.
"The breakfast pastries at Merridee's include such exotica as coconut rolls, cinnamon raisin biscuits, and chocolate butterflies, as well as traditional sweet rolls, muffins, sticky buns, and fruit turnovers."
Michael Stern


As if pecan pie isn't rich enough, this one adds chocolate to the formula.
"As if pecan pie isn't rich enough, this one adds chocolate to the formula."
Michael Stern


A breakfast crescent is tender dough (nothing like a flaky croissant), filled with ham and cheese. Like all the food at Merridee's, it comes in a bread basket.
"A breakfast crescent is tender dough (nothing like a flaky croissant), filled with ham and cheese. Like all the food at Merridee's, it comes in a bread basket."
Michael Stern


Good espresso!
"Good espresso!"
Michael Stern


The biscuit is light and fluffy and the sausage is good, but we prefer Merridee's biscuits smothered with gravy.
"The biscuit is light and fluffy and the sausage is good, but we prefer Merridee's biscuits smothered with gravy."
Michael Stern



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