Southside 815 a southern restaurant on S Washington St was a nice surprise for my Saturday lunch. Southside has a lot of character to it. It really does feel like the south in there. I think it is because of a few things including the old school pane glass windows, the furniture, and the Crystal’s Louisiana hot sauce on every table. Now one disclaimer I do have about this place is for you to come hungry! Their portions are quite large and with most of their food being heavy you can really leave this place feeling quite full. They have a large bar area when you walk in with some decent specials that are great for happy hour.
We decided to sit in the booths as they looked pretty comfy and the dining room was less crowded. Their menu is pretty extensive and includes some interesting dishes that you will only see in the South. On Southside’s menu the Fried Green tomatoes immediately caught my eye and that is what we ended up getting for our appetizer. I had never had fried green tomatoes before and man was I missing out. They were delicious. Something about the crunchy outside and the tangy green tomato inside was so good. When you dipped it in the horseradish and mayonnaise sauce it became even better. I was completely dumbfounded by these and must now try to make them at home! Does anyone know where you can buy green tomatoes? Anyways for my entree I had the jalapeño honey pulled chicken. The chicken BBQ was so full of flavor you tasted the sweetness of the honey followed by the spiciness of the jalapeño. My girlfriend ended up getting the Southside Nachos which had pulled pork on them. These were my least favorite but they still ended up being pretty good. They were full of flavor as well but by the time you got to the bottom they became a little to greasy.
Overall Southside has a pretty unique menu that everyone should try at least once. If you have never had Southern soul food you should really check it out and if you have this would be the place to get a taste of the South again.