The Mockingbird is one of the coolest looking restaurants in Nashville. From the geometric floors and ceilings to the large mirrored bird on the wall and exposed wood, it’s somewhere that’ll inspire you to start redecorating when you get home. Besides being a really nice place to hang out, this spot serves great diner-inspired dishes with names like “Rice, Rice Baby” and “Don’t Worry, Brie Happy,” and unique ingredient combos like barbacoa with parsnips and fennel, and mussels with Korean chili threads and chorizo. You can’t really go wrong here unless you skip whatever the pie of the day is or somehow don’t order a “Punchin’ Bag,” their grown-up take on a Capri Sun.
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Kayne Prime is a steakhouse in The Gulch where you should go after getting signed by RCA or the Titans, or just when you have a per diem to blow.
Otaku Ramen was Nashville’s first solely ramen spot, and it’s still one of the best places to get it in the city.
Adele’s is a neighborhood restaurant in the Gulch that serves upscale but approachable dishes from the chef’s family kitchen.
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Gray & Dudley
When you want to eat a burger, have a few drinks, and look at some art, check out Gray & Dudley, the all-day spot inside the 21c Museum Hotel.
Woolworth On 5th
Woolworth on 5th is a historic lunch counter turned restored restaurant downtown that serves Southern classics.
When you want to sit on a patio, have a few good bourbon teas, and eat some BBQ nachos or pulled pork, head to Edley’s Bar-B-Que in 12South.
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