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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