Franklin >Red Pony Restaurant
Good, but not as good as we exoected..
We checked out the Red Pony menu a few weeks ago and were impressed with the offerings, so we thought we'd check it out. It was a nice night - we sat outside on the upstairs deck, which was lovely. The service was great - our waitress was sweet and helpful, and didn't hover too much.
However, the food wasn't as impressive. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped. We started with a salad - st. andre cheese, greens, pistachios, blackberries, and cayenne and brown sugar dressing. Sounds innovative, right? Well, it was, but the flavors and textures just didn't mesh together - everything was competing. A bit of a let down. We also started with the chile relleno, which was delicious. Entrees, we had a veal new york strip - which we thought was both blander and tougher than expected - and a cumin-dusted pork tenderloin, which had a great texture, very tender, but was lacking in flavor. And the sides served with it were interesting and tasty alone, but didn't mesh well as a whole entree.
The wine list was great and the martinis were well-made. And the service was superb.
We're thinking that maybe it was an off-night in the kitchen. The menu changes frequently, so we hope to go back in a month or two and see if the dishes are a little bit better and more cohesive. Definitely worth another chance.
Great food, cool location. My friends and I eat out every month trying new restaurants, the Red Pony has great food, reservations are a must. The service is great and the drinks are inovated. My only complaint is the restaurant is alittle pricy for what you get with regards to portions.
cool atmosphere. The Red Pony was one of the first restaraunts I tried after I moved to Frankllin, and now I'm there at least once a month with my boyfriend. It is a little pricey but it's so worth it! The place just looks so cool inside and the servers are incredibly sweet! oh and the food! Its got to be some of the best food I've experienced! If you ever have a holiday or celebration you should definitely try The Red Pony!
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