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