Genghis Grill of Franklin Is A No Frills, Tasty Mongolian Stir Fry

The first time I had experience with Mongolian Stir Fry (or Mongolian Barbecue) was at a Chinese buffet a several years ago. Over time, more and more Chinese buffets would offer food in this manner, but the selection of meat, vegetables, and sauces were limited. I didn’t experience my first full commercialized experience until bd’s Mongolian Grill back in Lexington, Kentucky. Since then, that has been my benchmark for all Mongolian stir fry restaurants.

Genghis Grill of FranklinI first heard of Genghis Grill from one of Haley’s coworkers several months ago. When I asked if it was like bd’s, I got the puzzled response of “What is bd’s?” Apparently bd’s Mongolian Grill does not exist in Tennessee or anywhere in the south except Florida. Most of their restaurants are located north of a line of states from Virginia to Colorado. Comparatively speaking, Genghis Grill is mainly found in the South, Midwest, and West regions of the U.S. As for the Nashville area, the only option for Mongolian stir fry is Genghis Grill in Franklin and Khan’s Mongolian BBQ in Downtown Nashville. Since we were in the area of Franklin on Saturday, Haley and I opted for the former.

Genghis Grill InteriorGenghis Grill is a small restaurant located in a suite on Frazier Drive, just between Mallory Lane and Cool Springs Blvd. Upon entering, I was somewhat surprised at how simple the restaurant appeared. There was very little to no decor of any type. Just simply painted walls and some signs. I would have at least expected some kind of Asian-inspired theme considering the cuisine they were offering, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. We just wanted to try out the food.

Genghis Grill PatioHaley and I dined outside on the small patio because of the gorgeous weekend weather. Our server was extremely nice and talked SEC football with us after seeing our Kentucky shirts. He promptly got us our drinks and told us to help ourselves. The pricing was a reasonable for lunch at $8.99 per bowl. If you’re really hungry, you can get the unlimited all-you-can-eat choice for a little more.

Genghis GrillAs with all Mongolian-style restaurants, you’re given a bowl to fill at a buffet line to fill up on meats, vegetables, spices, and sauces. After filling up your bowl of fresh ingredients, you’re given a numbered card and wait while the staff cooks your meal over an open griddle. After a few minutes, you’re presented with your own cooked creation served over a carbohydrate of your choice (rice, brown rice, pasta, etc.)

Genghis Grill of FranklinLike bd’s, Genghis Grill offers a wide array of different kinds of meats and vegetables to create your own signature dish. Common meats such as chicken, pork, and beef as well as unique items such as whitefish, calamari, and scallops are available at your disposal. In the event that you have no culinary skills, Genghis Grill provides 12 different common recipes, such as Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli Beef, printed on a large sign above the buffet line.

Genghis GrillThere are two notable differences of Genghis Grill that I already see in comparison to bd’s. The first is that Genghis Grill doesn’t have as many options of meat, vegetables, spices, or sauces in comparison to bd’s. However the average Joe probably wouldn’t care that Genghis Grill doesn’t offer duck, meatballs, or shiitake mushroom sauce.

The second is that bd’s offers a soup and salad bar for those who are not too particularly fond of Asian-inspired stir fry. I’ve found at times that when I used to go to bd’s up in Kentucky, people would go just for the salad bar. You already have the stir fry vegetables, of which many can be put on a salad… so why not add some lettuce to have a full-fledged salad bar? While those differences may not mean much to the average person, it is something to note.

Genghis GrillNeither Haley or I followed a particular recipe for our bowls. We just selected the meats and vegetables we liked and then dumped a mixture of spices and sauces we thought were good. While I didn’t get a picture of the sauces, Genghis Grill offers them in a pump arrangement with plastic spoons for you to use to taste test. After a few minutes on the griddle, I received my creation over a bed of white rice. My stir fry had a salty & spicy flavor which I attribute to the mix of 3G, Asian Chili, Dragon Sauce, Khan Pao, and Stir Fry sauces. They don’t give you much starch in your bowl, so I had to ask our waiter for another bowl of rice, which was free at no charge.

In the end, our experience at Genghis Grill was a great one. I like Mongolian stir fry and it’s unfortunate that there aren’t more restaurants like these in the Nashville and outlying areas. Genghis Grill may not be fancy but at the core they are a Mongolian stir fry restaurant with plenty of delicious options for you to create your stir fry masterpiece.

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Genghis Grill
600B Frazier Drive
Suite 140
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-0111

Bill Total: $21.82 For Two

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Food:4.0/5.0 ★★★★☆ 
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Atmosphere:3.0/5.0 ★★★☆☆ 
Price:3.5/5.0 ★★★½☆ 
Overall:3.5/5.0 ★★★½☆ 

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