Serving Southern Cuisine in an 1850’s Farmhouse

An 1850’s farmhouse loaded with history beckons from the roadside of Reserve Blvd.  Sitting on 5 acres across from the Spring Hill Battlefield, patrons can enjoy a signature cocktail and upscale southern cuisine while watching the sunset over this historic property.  The Mockingbird Restaurant named after the Tennessee state bird is an eclectic dining experience like no other.

Growing up in the restaurant industry, Founder Tonya Prifitera knows that the experience you offer guests is just as important as the amazing food.  “I was looking for a home to make into a restaurant and when I walked through the doors of this charming farmhouse, I knew this was the place.” Tanya Prifitera and her husband, Dinho, are the proud owners of both Mockingbird Restaurant as well as Frankie’s Pizza in Spring Hill, TN.

While the establishments are quite different, fabulous food is what ties them together.

Mockingbird Restaurant has two chefs, Chef Joe from New Jersey and Chef Nadir Sherwani, a North Carolina native and renowned Chef de Cuisine.  Both gentlemen create the tantalizing seasonal menus that capture their culinary artistry and they share the same passion for the property as Prifitera. “When I walked into the home for the first time, I knew this was the place for me, it’s got such a great vibe!” stated Chef Joe.

The southern faire features everything from Shrimp 'n' Grits and Country Fried Steak to Blackened Red Snapper and New Zealand Lamb Chops.   A strong concentration on all natural, hormone/antibiotic free ingredients, the menu changes seasonally with what is currently available and locally sourced.

When I asked Prifitera what the most popular items on the menu are, she didn’t hesitate, “Definitely the Shrimp n’ Grits; however, everyone loves our brunch and craft cocktails!”

While the food and fabulous staff is what keeps patrons coming back for more, the history of the Mockingbird restaurant is one of the many things that makes this place quite special. 

Barbara Jo Jenkins became the sole proprietor of the property in the 1980’s.  She lived with her family until they moved to Nashville, she still remains involved with the property and frequently dines at Mockingbird.  While living in the home, Ms. Jenkins co-authored two international bestselling books – ‘The Road Unseen’ and ‘The Walk West,’ which is in the White House Library and is listed as one of the most influential books of cultural history in one hundred years.  She celebrated many holidays with her family in this charming home and stated recently, “The Mockingbird has breathed new life into this old farmhouse.”

Everyone who enters the Mockingbird Restaurant will notice its eclectic charm.  My favorite space in the home is located in the bar area where you will find a beautiful oak and mahogany Spiral Staircase featuring a stained-glass window as the room’s focal point.  Be sure to check out the menu for the full story on these two stunning design features and don’t forget to try the Shrimp n’ Grits when you experience this Spring Hill treasure.

Mockingbird Restaurant is available for special occasions, corporate events, private parties and off-site catering services.

Mockingbird Restaurant

3035 Reserve Blvd.
Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174
Telephone: 931-487-9787

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