When I came to Nashville, I was looking for a city with a small town feel. I wanted good music, fried chicken, and friendly faces. I found exactly what I was looking for in Leiper’s Fork. Leiper’s Fork, a small town on the northwest edge of Franklin and right off of the Natchez Trace Parkway, is a historic town that houses gorgeous antique shops, a used bookstore, a couple of restaurants, and a lot of charm.
My favorite part of Leiper’s is Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant. While you might find a couple of cans of odds and ends on the shelves at the back of the store, the grocery part of Puckett’s, as well as the old gas pumps outside, create the homey aesthetic. Puckett’s is the place for good food, music, and friendly faces. When you walk into Puckett’s, you’ll find tables filled with chatting locals and visitors, a band or musician at the front, and the delicious smell of home-cooked food. The food is handed out cafeteria-style. Options like fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cornbread griddle cakes are dished onto your plate from the line, while cooks right behind the counter hurry to replenish the offerings.
If it’s feeling a little too crowded inside and the weather is nice, there are benches and tables outside to sit and enjoy your food. At any given time you might see a group of bikers or locals on their riding lawn mowers pull up to grab a bite and visit.
After you get your fill (and you will definitely be full), take a walk around and visit the shops. Next door you’ll find an art gallery, and across the street is Serenite Maison, a store filled with gorgeous antiques. Up the street a bit you’ll find Yeoman’s in the Fork, a bookstore filled with history and heart. If scenery is more what you have in mind, take a drive on old Highway 96 to the Natchez Trace Bridge.
From good food, old books, gorgeous views, and shopping, there’s something for everyone in Leiper’s Fork.