BY Anna Robertson Ham
The Rutledge in the Cool Springs area of Franklin has become a local favorite, and you may remember reading about a tasting I did there when it opened in 2019. I got to catch up with the team at The Rutledge to try some new dishes and discuss the recently opened Nashville location and, trust me, it was an equally delicious experience!
Mason and Curt Revelette own and operate both of The Rutledge locations, and Danielle Revelette is the designer. The new location is at the Four Seasons Hotel in Nashville. They are excited to be a part of downtown Nashville at the brand new and beautiful Four Seasons. Its location puts you right next to concerts at Ascend Amphitheater, Nissan Stadium, and amid the sights and happenings of everything downtown Nashville offers. It is the perfect place to stop in for a bite and a drink before a show or to celebrate. Both locations offer similar menus, but they each offer their own unique touch in many different aspects.
I got to try some of the dishes and drinks at our recent tasting, and it was overwhelmingly fabulous! First, let me say that the menu will please everyone. Their vast array of choices range from a perfectly cooked steak, to sushi made fresh with tuna flown in overnight from Hawaii.
As a starter, I tried the Tuna Crisps, which are crispy wonton chips topped with Ahi tuna, jalapeno-mango salsa, avocado, micro greens and teriyaki. This is a wonderful sharable plate, and I loved the mix of flavors and textures. This would stand alone as a meal as well.
From the sushi menu, I tried the Pressed Tuna, which comes with tuna atop a bed of rice, avocado and spicy mayo. If you are a sushi fan, this dish will definitely please you…and if you are not a sushi person, then this is a dish to try anyway – and you may just become a convert! It is simple and flavorful.
Next, I tried the Signature Lobster Roll – a Connecticut-style with New England lobster in tarragon tartar, on a potato roll. It came with giant and crispy potato chips – completing the dish. This sandwich, right here… YUM! Lobster lovers, sandwich lovers, foodies – try this for sure!
From the dessert menu, I got to sample the Apple Cobbler. Hello, Grandma’s kitchen! This cobbler was served perfectly warm with ice cream atop. It tasted like you just stepped right into a fall day. Not too sweet, with some crispness to each bite. Go just for this dessert alone – and leave happy.
No tasting is complete without trying a signature cocktail! I tried the Espresso Martini. This drink can sometimes be made too sweet or too strong, but at The Rutledge, they have found the perfect recipe to make this an easy-to-sip drink.
So, if you didn’t get the cobbler, you could end your meal with this delicious drink.
I also had the opportunity to try Mason’s new wines, Revelette Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blend. Both pours were smooth and delicious. I am a red wine drinker, and I truly enjoyed both selections and encourage you to try them when you visit The Rutledge.
The Rutledge is run with a passion from locals – a family that has been in the restaurant business for years right here in middle Tennessee. It is not a big chain eatery. The Revelettes strive to offer the best options possible with a modern vibe yet boasting classic favorites on their menu. I hope you go visit one of their locations soon for a special occasion or just a night out. I know you will want to make it a regular, favorite eatery.
The Rutledge at Cool Springs
105 International Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
The Rutledge Downtown Nashville
151 1st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201