Scout's Pub in Westhaven

By Caroline Drzewinski / Photography By Jill Melton | August 04, 2017
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Tempura battered vegetables are light and crisp.

They often say that a dog is man’s best friend. After visiting Scout’s Pub, we could not agree more. Located just south of downtown Franklin, tucked into the Westhaven neighborhood, the restaurant has a quirky je-ne-sais-quoi. A huge rottweiler portrait catches the eye as you enter into this contemporary gastro pub. Named after the owner’s beloved family dog, the newest addition to A. Marshall Family Food is for the young and the old alike. At lunchtime, you can easily bump into businessmen or a grandmother accompanied by her three rowdy grandsons. The wooden central bar sets the mood and complements the steel chairs creating a very modern vibe. Three TV screens broadcast sport games just like in any local pub worthy of the name.


Photo 1: The Fried Vegetables are perfectly fried in a light tempura batter.
Photo 2: The Chicken Nachos feature hot white queso, grilled chicken, pico de gallo, scallions and pineapple jalapeno crema.

The menu matches perfectly with the neighborhood feel. You can find a nice selection of craft and draft beers as well as house cocktails. As a matter of fact, all juices are fresh squeezed in-house and syrups are made from scratch. If you want to grab a bite, Scout’s Pub offers a simple à la carte menu featuring many traditional pub specialities. Nachos, Fish & Chips or Tacos… But always with a twist. Chef Josh Green makes a point of using local ingredients, changing the menu with the seasons.

For this summer, he has imagined a series of fresh and elaborate dishes, redefining the so-called pub food. His Chicken Nachos come with a pineapple jalapeno crema which leaves a pleasant sweet aftertaste. The Fried Veggies are among some of the best we've ever had. Light and crispy is The tempura batter is light and crispy and expertly fried, cloaking fresh green beans, squash, zucchini and bell peppers. The chef explains that the side Sriracha aioli is a victim of its own success being highly requested by clients for everything from fries to burgers. The Orzo Chicken Pesto features a creamy pesto sauce which melts in the mouth. Such a creamy dish might not be the best pick for a hot summer day but it is a nice alternative for those craving pasta. On the contrary, the Sesame Salad served on a Wonton Crisp brings a note of freshness. The citrus vinaigrette combined to the mandarin oranges add a very appreciated touch of acidity which reminds of Asian cuisine.

Pub purists can also enjoy a variety of burgers made with a custom blend of brisket, chuck, sirloin and short rib. The California stands out from the list thanks to its turkey burger and candied bacon. The Advocado Tuna sandwich features a sesame seared tuna with ponzu, a citrus-based Japanese sauce, which will take you on a journey to the Land of the Rising Sun. If you need any more reasons to go, a Burger and Brew night is held every Thursday during which you can get a burger, a Puckett's Brew and blue cheese seasoned chips for $12. You might even see us there...

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