When I came up with this project I knew I would be eating some seriously good food. I didn’t know I would get to start the very first day with some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. I have to say, it’s going to take a great meal to measure up to today’s fare.
We headed to the Eastside of Phoenix, to Southern Rail at 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Az. When we arrived I took in the whole site. There’s a garden store, and a book store, Changing Hands, and a book bar called The First Draft and Southern Rail, the reason we were here. I had looked online beforehand and had a good idea of what we were going to order. So we came with a plan.
We were greeted and seated in the charming restaurant. It was an updated southern look. Sprigs of cotton adorned the upper walls, and pretty chandeliers made you think you’d just stepped into a “proper Southern home.” It is a charming place.
The menus were filled with delightful creations making you feel like you were down home. The children’s menus were placed inside a children’s book. A fabulous idea to give the kids something to do while waiting for their food! How can you not love a place that has books for the kids! Mack and Grandpa got to read while they waited! But enough for the reading! We were here to eat and we had a plan!
We were here for Fried Green Tomatoes! The menu is filled with delectable sounding delights that transport you to the South just from reading the menu. The drink menu has some good names on it too..how about a drink of
That Dog Won’t Hunt
Hush Puppy Hush
King Rex-a nod to New Orleans King of the Carnival
We passed on the libations today and ordered our food, after all it’s why we came! We had:
Fried Green Tomatoes
The House toast n jam n cheese, Brioche bread, with house made pimento cheese, bacon onion jam, and tomato jam.
The Cuban Sandwich with Gumbo
Since we were here for the Fried Green Tomatoes I will start with them. They came presented on a plate of pimento cheese and topped with pea tendrils. They were so very good! They had a crisp batter and a nice tangy tomato perfectly cooked inside. The Pimento cheese had the traditional taste with a hint of heat to finish it off. It was really good!
I almost shouldn’t talk about the jam plate. I hate overshadowing the star, but OH MY GOODNESS the jam plate was amazing! I mean totally knock your socks off amazing! The Pimento cheese was accompanied by Bacon Onion Jam, which tasted like heaven on a fork! The onions were flavorful and cooked perfectly and the bacon was crisp and just the right amount of chewy for the jam! Finally, the Tomato Jam. It was “slap your momma” good! There was sweet, there was tang, and it was fantastic! FANTASTIC!
The Cuban and Gumbo were also fabulous. The Cuban boasts homemade pickles to go with shaved ham and lettuce served on a soft roll. YUMMMY! The gumbo was tasty and no heat at all, my kids appreciated that!
As you can read nothing we had here was less than fabulous. My kids loved it! Mack loved it so much he proclaimed it “better than mom’s cooking!” Our waiter warned him that saying that was dangerous, and Mack just responded with “I speak only the truth.” I nearly choked!
Emma enjoyed the old-fashioned water bottle. She was being a big girl pouring her own water!
To top our meal we asked our waiter, Garrett to pick the best dessert. We all had a difference of opinion so we just let Garrett decide for us. He chose Beignets. And he chose well!
The beignets were warm and fluffy and covered in powder sugar so deep you almost thought it snowed on the plate! They came out of the kitchen warm and delicious! The kids were transfixed for a moment, until Grandpa told them to lick their finger and slide it through the powered sugar! They were more than happy to oblige!
We polished them off and Emma just had to have a little more powered sugar! No spoon required!
Their prices are right for the food they serve. Our check total was 38.00 without tip. It may seem a little high priced, but the food is amazing and well worth it. This is not your typical deep fried Southern food! This is high class food in a relaxing family friendly environment. Southern Rail uses local food to make it’s decant foods, so paying a little more for the food is worth it!
We had a great meal at Southern Rail. We certainly will return between now and the next new year! I’m can’t wait to try their brunch. Southern Rail is Southern food sophisticated and delicious!
Southern Rail was the first of the 50 restaurants, all I can say is the rest have a lot to live up to. Fried Green Tomatoes from Southern Rail was a great choice to represent food in Alabama!
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