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Bad Idea


East Nashville

$$$$Perfect For:Late Night EatsBig GroupsDrinks & A Light Bite


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If Bad Idea ever takes the scallop crepe off the menu, we will riot. And by riot, we mean continue to go back to this Lao wine bar, ask passive-aggressive questions about that fluffy mollusk mousse rolled in thin wrappers with chili fish sauce, and drink something from their 3,000-bottle cellar, pondering life. Hopefully, that never happens, but even if it did, there are plenty of interesting Southeast Asian dishes here to get excited about. We’re talking about soy caramel-braised chicken breast and a mile-high mille-feuille layered with durian, caramelized milk, and earl grey custard. Bad Idea is, yes, a good idea for date night, a solo hang at the bar with a glass of madeira, or a rare option for late-night snacks like golden curry corn dogs that don’t involve any regret the next morning.

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