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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Adele’s is a neighborhood restaurant in the Gulch that serves upscale but approachable dishes from the chef’s family kitchen.
Otaku Ramen was Nashville’s first solely ramen spot, and it’s still one of the best places to get it in the city.
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.
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Rolf & Daughters
Rolf & Daughters in Germantown is where to go for fantastic small and shared plates and interesting wines, along with a great garden patio.
Marché Artisan Foods
Marché in East Nashville is a low-key brunch and lunch spot with a wide range of French pastries and a Croque Madame that’s great for sharing. Or not.
Pelican & Pig
Pelican & Pig is an East Nashville spot with a big wooden hearth and lots of good wine.
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