Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

Eating Southern Food in NY

Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I were on vacation in Charleston just a few weeks ago. When we planned our trip this time, our main focus was on the food. There is something so special about southern food, to me its the comfort of all the layers of rich flavor… or maybe its just all the extra butter. Either way its delicious and I have been craving some southern style food and as if Yelp¬†was reading my mind, an event popped up for a southern style restaurant dinner and mingle.

SOCO is advertised as a fusion of cajun/creole, bbq and soul food. The menu is filled with many wonderful choices when looking for some southern comfort foods. Some appetizers that caught my eye; creole gumbo and fried pickled oysters. Some sides like okra & tomatoes, mac & cheese or cornbread just made my mouth water. Even though I knew right away what I wanted to order, I still considered getting a second entree just because they all looked so good. There was jambalaya, molasses braised short ribs and some lobster, shrimp & grits. It was unfortunate that Brian couldn’t come with me so that more then one entree can be ordered. I ordered the signature dish – buttermilk fried chicken, which came with an enormous red velvet waffle and a side of bourbon maple syrup.

Sweet Cornbread

Sweet Cornbread

 

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles

 

Molten Smores

Molten Smores

 

The food was delicious and I left with a very happy full stomach. The fusion of flavors was a little strange for some of the food and the cornbread was sweet (which just feels so wrong) but overall it was a great meal and a fun way to meet new people. I usually write detailed reviews on the restaurant and food through my yelp account, I would be happy to add anyone who is interested. If your craving some southern food and are in the Brooklyn/NY area this seems like a great spot to try.

My craving was well satisfied after that meal but who knows how long it will last. I might be pushing Brian to help find another spot in the city that will keep the craving of comfort and butter and fried food at bay.

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