South of Beale is a nice-ish gastro-pub style restaurant any easy-ish walk from the center of Memphis heading, well, south of Beale Street. They’ve got a number of small plates, a few of which are suitable for vegetarians, plus a few mains that would fit the V-bill as well.
I had the cheese plate which was a selection of three cheeses – a Blue which was good but really just tasted like a basic blue cheese, a mustard seed infused hard cheese which was really good, especially with the homemade applesauce they serve it with, and a porter-cheddar which I also enjoyed. This was served with sesame crackers, which were fine, thoughI love a good cheese board served with bread. This also came with candied pecans which were weirdly soft. My wife suggested they may have been roasted.
We also shared the brussels sprouts side which normally comes with maple syrup and bacon. Of course we had it without the bacon, and they were able to do that still with the syrup and it was really tasty. They were perfectly cooked and just lightly sweetened by the maple syrup, and nicely charred as well.
I also had the Kiss Off cocktail (the name, at least, a nice tribute to my Violent Femmes fanmanship) which was a Caribbean inspired rum drink with spices, Proseco, and a sprig of rosemary which went delightfully up my nose while I drank it.
My wife got the Zaka Bowl, which was vegan and came with quinoa, various fresh vegetables, and a champagne vinaigrette dressing on the side (which she thought the dish didn’t need). The vegetables were delicious, though she would’ve cook the zucchini longer, but says that could be just a matter of preference.
The place was crowded when we entered, but fairly empty by the time we left. (We arrived at 7pm) and the staff were very nice.
Also they had noted on their menu specifically which items were vegan, vegetarian and gluten free which is always appreciated by those of us who have those diets.
South of Beale is a certified sustainable, project green, restaurant so they definitely put some thought into the health and sources of their food. Well done SOB!
(Pro-tip: Make sure to take a picture of yourself under the sign that says “S.O.B.” and send it to all your friends!)
Oh, and they give you a free amuse-bouche of popcorn when your arrive! Who doesn’t want free popcorn?!