I never like to commit to a “favorite” restaurant. I am more of a “this is my favorite Italian place” or “this is my favorite place for oysters” or “this is my favorite meal on a budget place.” I am incredibly indecisive when it comes to food, so I have lots of favorites. However, whenever someone asks me for a restaurant recommendation with no strings attached, one place always pops right into my head: The Southern Gentleman.
I have been to The Southern Gentleman a handful of times and it’s always on point. The food is inventive, yet not so out there that everyone in your party can’t find something on the menu. The cocktails are delightful and the bar is always hopping. It fits the bill for a night out with the girls, a first date spot, or dinner with the in-laws (especially if they are picking up the check!).
Meg and I popped in a couple weeks ago to check out some of their new winter menu items and might have indulged in a Scarlet Belle or two. We’ve tried pretty much everything on the menu so you can consider us experts at ordering. Here is our guide to eating at The Southern Gentleman.
Start with a Scarlet Belle or Pack of Mules cocktail for the ladies and an East of Hudson or straight bourbon on the rocks for the whisky lovers. Whisky is their jam and they’ll be happy to help you pick out one to your liking.
If you’re sitting at a table and not at the bar, ask if you can order a few items from the bar snacks menu to get the party started. The pimento beer cheese with pork cracklings and cheddar herb biscuits with prosciutto are everything.
For apps, we like the scallop risotto (this is also a fantastic option for a main course!), the pei mussels and terrine with apple beignets. Be warned, the terrine is a bit of a bold choice if you’re not dining with the most adventurous group, but we loved it!
You can’t go wrong with the beef cheeks, steak or shrimp & grits for your main. The brussels sprout salad and bread dumplings are a flavorful complement to the hearty beef cheeks. Plus, just saying the words “beef cheeks” is kinda fun, right? The steak is smothered with the most yummy mushrooms so it’s not your traditional steak. The New Orleans style bbq sauce on the shrimp & grits takes this popular dish to another level.
If you’re looking for a dessert on the lighter side, their sorbets and ice creams are mostly seasonal and not to be overlooked. We enjoyed a peppermint ice cream and blood orange sorbet that satisfied our sweet tooth. The chocolate chess pie is a must for chocolate lovers!