Dumplin’s is a lunch hotspot in downtown Franklin on Main
Street. Known for their delicious lunch plates and salads, this
little restaurant is the perfect place to meet a friend or grab
takeout on your lunch break.
I stopped going to Dumplin’s about five years ago. After I
learned of my gluten intolerance I joined friends at Dumplin’s a
time or two, but I just couldn’t do it any longer. It was too hard
for me to eat there because of their glutenous rolls.
Dumplin’s is famous for the incredible basket of homemade rolls
that welcomes each table of customers (and of course for their
Chicken and Dumplins). These soft, fluffy rolls tasted like the
bread I used to bake with my grandmother, and watching my
gluten-enjoying friends eat them after my diagnosis was pure
torture. So I haven’t wanted to go back.
Just recently I heard that Dumplin’s now has a gluten-free
menu, so I had to try it out. I was secretly hoping that they’d
have a gluten-free version of those scrumptious rolls, but not
I was very impressed with the menu. Gluten-free diners have
the option of six different salads, and all of their salad dressings
are gluten-free. I chose the Briar Club Salad, because I
remember loving this salad back in the day. This mixed greens
salad with chicken, madarin oranges, raisins, and cashews with
orange yogurt dressing is delicious!
I spoke with the manager at length about their gluten-free
menu. She was diagnosed as a Celiac five years ago, so she has
worked hard to make sure that Celiacs can eat safely at
Dumplin’s. They have a separate area in their kitchen where
the gluten-free orders are prepared. She even assured me that
the cashews in my salad were not manufactured in a plant that
also produces wheat products. They have done their research.
Dumplin’s salads are great, but lest you think that there isn’t
anything “special” for the gluten-free customers, they do have a
The Ooey Gooey Cheese Cake is worth the trip to Dumplin’s on
its own! Now, this isn’t a cheesecake. It’s a cheese cake, a
white cake made with cream cheese. And I just so happened to
luck out and come on a day when Dumplin’s had gluten-free
cupcakes left over from an event. Lucky me!
I highly recommend Dumplin’s for a healthy lunch, and maybe
even an ooey, gooey treat that everyone can enjoy.
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