Tuesday night, we headed back to historic downtown Franklin to do a little shopping in the adorable boutiques before trying out Mike's choice of SOL and 55 South. Chef Jason McConnell has made his mark on Nashville food at a number of popular spots and currently heads the adjoining restaurants. From what I've read, SOL, which serves upscale, modern Mexican cuisine, used to occupy the entire building. Recently, however, half of the space was given a "rustic southern makeover" and converted into 55 South- a restaurant named after the highway connecting Memphis and New Orleans and representing its mix of Cajun and southern comfort food.
The two restaurants shared a combined menu for Restaurant Week so we were able to try a mixture of food from both places. We were lucky enough to be sat at SOL so we had the added bonus of free chips and salsa prior to our meals. The chips were the best I've ever had. We were given a menu and told to choose one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert.
My first course was the Boudin Fritters which consisted of Cajun pork and rice sausage balls, breaded and covered in a delicious spicy mustard sauce. They were awesome (and gorgeous!).
Mike's first choice was the Tuna Nachos. He (and I!) both loved them. This was one of my few positive experiences with tuna.
For our entrees, I went for the Cochinita Pibil while Mike opted for the "Three Way" sampler consisting of red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, and jambalaya.
After taking a breather, we each chose one of the dessert options. He obviously went for the Messy Sundae (from which I immediately scooped all the whipped cream off the top) and I had the Banana Frita. We were taking bets as to how the banana would be prepared after reading the description and were presently surprised by the creativity involved. The peanut butter and banana combination reminded me a little too much of recent PB and banana sandwich obsession but the fried cinnamon sugar tortillas on the outside were incredible.
We left completely stuffed and so excited about the experience. We felt like the limited menu forced us to try things we might not normally order but absolutely loved. I will definitely be craving both of the appetizers and my entree and will have to make a return trip soon.
I can't wait for my pick this Friday :)