There aren’t too many Southern style American places around Sydney, so I’m glad one of the most soulful is just around the corner from me.
An unassuming entrance leads you up to a fabulous, open space overlooking the hustle and bustle of King Street, Newtown. There are refreshing cocktails, great live entertainment and delicious soul food on offer. It’s the kind of place you can stay at for a whole night out. They have it all covered, even your lounging around afterwards.
The vibe is casual with exposed brick, rustic, repurposed and retro features. I love the vintage prints painted over the brick walls throughout the space.
There is also plenty of seating around large and smaller bar tables together with cosy booths. All the indoor seating provides a good vantage point to the live bands that play. Even on a packed night, the flow through the place is great and you won’t be elbowing your way to the bar and back.
There is also a balcony space with plenty of casual seating if you want to drink and dine alfresco.
I particularly love the retro lounge area at the entrance.
The food here is not fussy, it’s just use-your-hands, let-the-ranch-dressing-drip, forget-the-calories type share plates. Everything is either bite sized or designed to tear apart easily. A lot of combinations I hadn’t tried before which was great, considering I’ve tried a lot of different types of cuisines. Like Bug Pies (Moreton Bay Bug tails and creamed corn encased in puff pastry), Shrimp Po’ Boy (beer and butter braised shrimp with fennel slaw on brioche). Check out their full menu here. It’s not an extensive menu and I like that, just a selection of interesting dishes.
Fried Okra (vegan, gf) with garlic, parsley and cherry vinegar
Blackened Fish (gf) Catfish with the most amazing, crunchy spiced crumb and potato gems
Mac ‘n’ Cheese (v) macaroni with gruyere, cheddar and parmesan
Sliders BBQ Eggplant (v), Fried Green Tomato (v), Fried Chicken, Beef Short Rib or Pulled Pork
Watermelon Ruby Fizz Tanqueray, sloe, lemon juice & watermelon soda
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