On a recent Saturday, we ventured to Merridee’s Breadbasket in Franklin, TN. Merridee’s serves breakfast until 10:30 am and begins serving lunch at 11:00 am. We arrived at 10:50am and they were still taking breakfast orders. We were in the mood for lunch, so decided to try a few pastry appetizers while we waited.
Cary decided to try a pecan sticky bun. The bun had an almost praline-like topping with a nice, light but also chewy dough. It was absolutely delicious.
I opted for a raisin cinnamon roll with a light icing on top. Like Cary’s sticky bun, the dough was light and chewy. Many times cinnamon rolls have an overwhelming amount of cinnamon. This was not the case here. I was pleasantly surprised by the light cinnamon flavor. They had these packaged to take home. I was very tempted.
The small side salad was a mixture of fresh greens, carrots and cheese with homemade croutons. With the salad, you get a half piece of the famous Viking bread. The Viking bread is a really unique whole grain bread. Many times I feel like whole grain breads are gritty with hard grains that hurt my teeth. The Viking bread contains soft grains that accent the soft bread well.
The chicken salad was a mix of chicken, mayonnaise and celery on white bread bread. In my opinion, it was just a bit of a disappointment. I’m southern a believe that chicken salad should contain pecans and some sort of fruit. I’m sure people really like it, but it just wasn’t for me.
Merridee’s reuben came with a homemade thousand island dressing and was on the bakery’s delicious Viking bread. While the corned beef of the inside had been sliced, it was nearly falling apart tender and luckily had a good bit of cheese to hold things together. With the thick dressing to dip the sandwich in, as well as the substantial bread that was chock full of various seeds and grains, this turned out to be a top-notch reuben.
In our opinion, Merridee’s Breadbasket is true to their name. The thing they do the best are baked goods. The breads and pastries were excellent. We took home several of their dessert bars, a loaf of Viking Bread and a loaf of French Bread. We used the French Bread to make French toast and made cinnamon toast with the Viking bread.