Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lunch at South of Beale

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I was pumped that South of Beale had decided to start serving lunch.

It's another lunch option downtown, and SOB's seasonal menu always offers interesting options.

Case in point: the fried avocado appetizer ($9).

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I'm an avocado fan, and I was intrigued by this fat-rich fruit made even fat-richer by being fried. I liked the sharpness the olive and feta tapenade added to the avocado but this dish would do just as well without the frying.

We also got the hummus ($9).

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This is a generous appetizer and could easily make for a filling lunch. It comes with hummus, roasted tomatoes, wilted spinach, olives, and nice spicy pickled chilis.

The pulled pork egg rolls ($8) came with a Dr. Pepper curry dip.

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We've had pulled pork egg rolls before, but these were less Memphis and more Asian. The dip gave it an Indian kick.

For the main course, after much mulling, I ordered the grilled vegetable sandwich ($8).

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This is an excellent sandwich, served on ciabatta bread with an avocado mayonnaise. It came with a side of cavatappi pasta salad, which was good as well.

My coworker got the SOB burger ($10).

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The burger came topped with a toasted round of mozzarella. The chips were house-made as was the excellent ketchup.

Another coworker ordered the vegetable noodle soup ($6).

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The broth could have used a little bit more salt, but I really liked the grilled vegetable raviolis.

The fish and chips ($10) were a big hit.

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The fish is perch, and the dish came with Cajun potatoes, hush puppies, and a house-made tartar.

Finally, there's the shrimp salad ($9).

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The shrimp is served with a skewered salad of strawberries, romaine, and hula bread kabobs. How pretty is this?

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