Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Head "South" for a mix of a great atmosphere, food and music

One of the newest restaurants on the Philly scene opened this past fall, and my husband and I had the pleasure of dining here recently for some upscale soul food, all while taking a virtual trip to Brazil, courtesy of the female/male duo Minas.  Bassist Gerald Veasley features his Unscripted Series at South on Thursday nights, and this show did not disappoint.

The Bynum brothers (Robert and Benjamin) have done it once again with their latest creation, "South" on Broad Street in Philadelphia.  Location can make or break a business especially a restaurant, but this location is great, because although it is not in the heart of the hustle and bustle of center city, it is only a few minutes away by car or on foot, from shops and theaters.  

I am a lover of soul food but in recent years I have scaled back on the richness that this cuisine is famous for. However,  this restaurant offers very similar meals but with a more upscale flavor without making you feel like you just dined on a meal for two. The Berkshire pork with mushroom gravy was very good, but the collard greens were unlike anything I've ever tasted, delicious!.   My husband who is a huge fan of seafood, enjoyed his plate of Carolina shrimp layered on a bed of lobster grits.  Yes you read that right, lobster grits! and they were yummy.

The atmosphere of the jazz parlor set the tone for a great evening of food, a glass of white wine, Brazilian music performed by Minas, along with jazz bassist Gerald Veasely and saxman Andrew Neu.   I appreciate the parlor being separate from the main dining area but you are also able to have dinner while enjoying the live show.  The decor is simple but classy.  Philly is a mecca for great restaurants and "South" is a great addition to our diverse dining scene. We are looking forward to our next visit.