Maybe you already bought Nashville snowglobes for every member of your extended family, or you covered the first round of drinks last night and know you’re not going to get paid back. Either way, when you want a place where you won’t have to spend a ton for great food, head to Lyra in East Nashville. All but three dishes at this Middle Eastern spot are under $20, so it’s easy to skip making too many decisions and just order a lot, like the octopus, manti (Turkish dumplings), and some hummus. Then get all of their four bread options coming out of their wood-fired oven to dip in everything. If you want something sweet post-feast, go for the tahini brownies or cardamom chocolate cake.
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