A new pub menu in the evening and new offerings for breakfast and lunch prove this restaurant's team is always open to fresh ideas.
-story by Ellis Anderson
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For instance, debuting on the breakfast menu are Avacado Toast and Prosciutto Toast, joining the already popular cast of egg breakfast plates, frittatas, Pulled Pork and Grits, and Chicken & Waffles.
However, the biggest “new” at the Mockingird is the evening Pub Fare menu. It’s offered Thursday through Saturday evenings from 5pm until closing (during the Second Saturday Artwalk each month, the pub menu will start at 2pm).
Alongside the classic Mockingburger (still only $10 with homemade chips) and veggie Garden Burger, three different tacos take front and center stage. They're all served up on a special hybrid tortilla made in New Orleans from 60% corn and 40% flour.
The two meat versions feature pulled pork drizzled with homemade expresso barbeque sauce, and grilled chicken with the ‘Bird’s own pico sauce and cheddar, topped with sriracha sour cream.
The meatless variety is just as hardy, filled with Garden Burger makings. Order one taco for $3, two for $5 and three for only $7.
Can’t decide? Try a $12 taco and beer flight and you’ll get one of each taco, paired with three 5oz servings of local beers like Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan, Chandeleur’s Freemason and Mighty Miss’s American Pale Ale.
If you’re just in the snacking mode, dive into the “still crackling” pork rinds fried up fresh in the kitchen. In addition, loaded French fries, pretzel bites and a meat & cheese board provide savory accompaniments to the adult beverages co-starring on the menu.
All drinks and house wines on the evening menu are $5, with pitchers of beer available as well ($15). Warm weather favorites are the Lushy Lemonade (spiked with vodka), Mimosas and the Mockingbird’s secret-recipe Sangria. The unforgettably named (and delectably tasting) Tequila Mockingbird is a mixture of rosemary honey, rosemary tequila and blood orange juice.
Naturally, coffee drinks rank high on the menu. A Bird Brew Martini blends cold brew coffee, vodka and vanilla. One of the most intriguing libations offered is an Irish coffee made with Jameson’s, Baily’s Irish Cream liquor and a nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee called Bright-Eyed Nitro.
According to the ‘Bird’s operation and marketing manager, Whitney LaFrance, the relatively new cold-drip product is made in Ocean Springs. The infusion process makes the cold drip taste creamier, without the addition of any dairy.
LaFrance and Mockingbird general manager Laura Hurt have both worked at the Mockingbird since it first opened 13 years ago, in August 2006. The two may be managers now, but regular customers still use their original titles: Coffee Goddesses.
“We’ve been here so long, the Mockingbird is much more than just a restaurant to us,” LaFrance said. “We have a really fantastic team too. Everyone [who works] here cares about the community and the people we serve.”
LaFrance said the café loves to change things up from time to time to stay current. Fresh ideas are sometimes offered by customers, but most originate from staff members. The entire team enjoys traveling and scouts out adventures in eating wherever they go.
“We all enjoy talking about new ideas we’ve found and brought back to the Bay,” she said. “It’s great watching those ideas skyrocket here at home.”