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Stogies Cigar Bars and Bistro, Tennessee

Stogies Cigar Bars and Bistro Franklin, Tennessee So you're headed to Nashville and can't resist the urge to get in touch with your inner cowboy. Well, steer clear of Stogies Cigar Bar & Bistro in nearby Franklin.
Beth Warren
Posted: August 26, 1999

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"It's a Southern, outdoor place. The music is so relaxing and the service is great," LaGarce's friend, Bonnie Lattimer, 55, said. Her husband, left behind tonight, likes the selection of Vodka brands as well as the cigar offerings.

The food is a little pricey (a nothing-special salad at $8, a skimpy cheese and fruit platter at $9) but the spicy, Southern-fried chicken wings are worth the $12 and a modest portion of tender crab cake, one of the nightly specialties when I was there, is worth the $6.

As for dessert, the melt-on-your-tongue creme brulee and the chocolate brownie laced with a chocolate liquor sauce and partnered with ice cream (both $7) will bring you back a second time.

Those with heartier appetites should head downstairs. Magnolias is all Southern elegance, with white columns, sage walls and antique furniture. Fittingly, the food, according to chef and co-owner Richard Hamilton, offers "upscale Southern cuisine with a French and Creole twist." He invites dinner guests to sit at his table inside the kitchen and watch him work while feasting on a seven-course tasting menu ($75 a pop).

Though Stogies and Magnolias have healthy lives of their own, they do share customers.

"Stogies is classy. Good food, a little jazz, a patio and cigars," said Mike Bohannon, 28, while smoking a St. George Chivalry ($8).

"I had no intention of smoking a cigar until I came upstairs, saw the smoking lounge, the plush leather seats, and thought: 'Now this is the place to smoke a cigar!' "

Beth Warren is a reporter for The Tennessean, Nashville's daily newspaper.

Stogies Cigar Bars and Bistro
230 Franklin Road
Franklin, Tennessee
(615) 791-9992

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