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Southern Fresh

Categories: Restaurant

Cuisine: American casual, Southern

Features: Live music, Outdoor seating

Cost range: 10.01-20.0

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

At Southern Fresh, a tiny, pleasantly spare one-room space with patio seating, the menu totals about 10 items with a couple of daily specials. Two dishes stand out, big time. A BLT soup brings a vegetable broth cradling soft hunks of simmered plum tomato, with garlic, shallot and bacon making their presence known. A little flurry of cilantro and chopped romaine gets added at the last second to the smoky, piping-hot broth. The just-wilted greens lend the soup enough crunch that it gets at just what makes a bacon-lettuce-tomato combo so satisfying. Home run No. 2 is fried chicken. At lunch it takes enough extra time that you need to be fairly committed. But it's excellent fried chicken — a drum and a thigh, moist and hot, with a crunchy flour coating, neither too thick nor too thin, seasoned expertly.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

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