Criallo's Compliment - Criallo's - Continually Quality Dining
FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE -- If you want a gourmet restaurant without an attitude, try Criallo's in Cool Springs. It is owned by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and to me has the best wine/food tastings in the state. The regular menu is eclectic and the specials are really special. For a pittance you get a luxurious tasting paired with high-end wines.
We recently had a tasting (6 courses- $65/person). The food was technically brilliant & the pairings were pure genius. Our lamb "pyramid" started very rare at the base to medium to cripsy (!) at the peak with a buttery-wine reduction and fruit essences. We also received lobster bisque (with a small lobster tail), sashimi scallops, a block of onion, apple, cinnamon & spice with whipped creme. We got a "Study in Cremes" - individual dollops of whipped cream flavored with various ingredients from garlic to hazel. Those attending get a discount on any bottles bought that night.
The other side of the place is a bar with (low) live music. It's a nightclub atmosphere with the bonus of the grand food. The restaurant does not have the stiffness associated with places like this - it's still a friendly Southern place. By all means, try the food.