(Last UPDATED 10/20/17) A friend and I recently met for lunch at South which is located on 11th Street in the Southside Park area of Sacramento. It was the first time either of us had been there.
South is a bit of a “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant – but then I like hole-in-the-wall restaurants that serve good food. It is both casual and appealing, with seating inside and out in a neighborhood setting. Parking was relatively easy.
The owners, husband and wife team N’Gina and Ian Kavookjian’s goal for South is to “offer a friendly and comfortable neighborhood restaurant with an energetic vibe and a creative menu designed to appeal to the palate of Sacramento.”
At South you order and pay at the counter and your meal is delivered to your table. As we ordered my friend commented on how good the pecan pie looked – but decided to abstain. Help yourself to some water (found along the wall to the left of the counter) before seating yourself.
It is a house “rule” that you are to order and pay at the counter before securing a table.
As it was a bit on the cool breezy side at that point in the day we decided to sit inside and nabbed the last open table for two in the main dining area. I don’t know if it was just our table location, but due to the a/c both of us commented on the fact that we were cold during lunch. After lunch it was nice to go outside and “warm up”.
South appears to do a very good business. From the time we entered and the time we left there was always a line at the counter.
South bills itself as both serving contemporary Southern cuisine and traditional family food. The daily menu is divided into “Old School” and “New School” dishes.
My friend was torn between the Old School meatloaf and the fried chicken. As South’s specialty is the fried chicken he settled on the Petey’s Fried Chicken (fried chicken, southern style kale greens, buttermilk biscuit, honey butter) ($13). It was a good choice and the fried chicken received high marks, as did the biscuit and honey butter. He even ate the (steamed) kale – which he had expressed some misgivings about prior to ordering.
I decided to order from the New School side of the menu the Debris Po’ Boy (roasted brisket, sliced green tomato, shredded lettuce, spicy aioli) and fries ($13). The shredded brisket was tender but not particularly flavorful, and the sliced green tomato and the small dab of spicy aioli on the bun did not add much in the way of flavor. After eating some of the brisket so that I could more easily pick up the sandwich the taste of the bun dominated. The fries were fine – but nothing special.
As my dining companion and I compared notes after lunch we both agreed that we would try South again – but that we would try different dishes.
(UPDATED 4/2/17) South has recently obtained a full liquor license, so your choices of libation has expanded beyond the beer and wine it has long served.
(UPDATED 10/20/17) South was voted #1 in the Sacramento Magazine 2017 Best of Sacramento survey for both Fried Chicken and Comfort Food.
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What item(s) from the menu would you recommend I try next time I am at South?