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Dining News: What's Up with South?

South has been teasing us with promises to open a Southern restaurant near Southside park for more than a year. They did a private tasting recently, and Ally Gaffan was there.

Food-wise, here's a sneak peek at some of the delicious goodies South plans to offer:

Picnic Board- Country ham, pickled beets, deviled eggs and Farmhouse cheddar. The perfect accompaniment to a refreshing glass of wine or an ice-cold Southern beer. The deviled eggs were terrific, if I had had a bigger purse I would have snuck a few out of there.

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo (over Carolina rice)- this dish blew me away. I'm pretty high maintenance when it comes to gumbo. I dislike it if it's too spicy, watery or oily. Seriously, I'm worse than Goldilocks. This gumbo was perfect. I loved the spicy rounds of Andouille and the sauce wasn't overwhelmingly hot. I even dipped my cornbread in the leftover gumbo sauce, it was too good to waste.

Spicy BBQ Shrimp over Cheesy Grits - plump, spicy shrimp over a base of silky, sinful cheesy grits - this dish will make your eyes roll back in your head. Who knew cayenne, homemade shrimp stock and onions were all you needed to make food magic?

Fried Chicken- perfectly cooked. Juicy on the inside, properly seasoned and crispy on the outside. (The chicken shown was sliced up into bite-sized pieces so we could share during the dinner party.) South exhibits some home-style cooking that's so good that you might need to peek into their kitchen to make sure your Memaw's not back there frying up the chicken herself.

Click here for the entire post (with pictures!) on A Girl & Her Fork.

When I talked to the owners in January, they told me that it would be at least four months after getting their city permits that they'd be able to open.

In order to raise more money to finish construction, they launched a crowdfunding program this week, with the goal of $75,000. Some of the prizes include:

$25 - Receive a Limited Edition “South” Bumper Sticker with our company logo and artwork. Also receive a complimentary drink on us to celebrate our opening! In addition your name on our website featuring our supporters!

$200 - Get TWO tickets to our "Sass and Swagger" Grand Opening Party, TWO Bumper Stickers and TWO complimentary drinks on us! In addition your name on our website featuring our supporters!

$5,000 - Twice a year you and a guest get to come into South and eat a three course dinner on us for the life of the restaurant...that means FOR-EV-ER! (Alcoholic beverages are not included.)In addition your name on our website featuring our supporters!

There are many price points between $25 and $5,000. Check out their IndieGoGo page to donate.

* Fixed typo that incorrectly stated a prize was $500. I forgot an extra "0." It should be $5,000.

More News:

Bows & Arrows store coming to R Street lofts? - One of the founders of Bows & Arrows wants to revive the concept in a space below the Warehouse Artist Lofts on R Street. Trisha Rhomberg plans to bring the specialty store concept to some portion of a 9,000-square-foot space below the lofts, which are under construction. Rhomberg said she's finalizing partnerships for the mixed-use space and envisions a café, bar and retail offerings, as well as spaces for art and live music. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Local brewery owner continues the legacy of Ruhstaller Beer - Owner of Ruhstaller Beer, J.E. Paino, said before Sacramento State was built, the land consisted of hops fields due to its proximity to the river, which provided the best soil and growing conditions. Paino has become part of Sacramento’s unique history as he continues the legacy of Captain Frank Ruhstaller, a prominent brewer during the late 1800s, by bringing back the Ruhstaller name. Erika Bradley in the Sac State Hornet.

Eating in Old Fair Oaks - I recently spent a day eating in Old Fair Oaks, a short trek inspired mostly by my desire to eat cookies at Dianda’s Italian Bakery and Cafe and a nut burger from Sunflower Drive-in. Dianda’s is an old-school Italian bakery — apparently a Sacramento outpost of the Dianda’s in San Francisco’s Mission District — that specializes in traditional Italian-American cookies, pastries and cakes.  These kind of Sinatra-era treats can be hard to find in Sacramento, so when I had a hankering I headed east. Michele on Sac Foodways.

Bodhi Bowl: Chasing that high - The south Sac Vietnamese eatery has been open since the beginning of 2013, and the fare is all vegetarian and mostly vegan. Not that the lack of meat seems to have made a difference in enthusiasm or the variety of its diners—young, curious foodies and families with toddlers and senior citizens alike always seem to be at ease in the bright, window-lit dining room like they’re regulars. That musically fragrant pho was enough to make a repeat diner out of anyone. And it did. But on a second taste another day, the flavor was not as complex and magical as that initial bowl, which raised the question: Was the kitchen inconsistent, or is this what an addict feels like, chasing that incredible first high? Shoka in Sac News & Review.

VIDEO: State agency cuts red tape to get Folsom Tap House taps flowing - The owners of a new restaurant called the Folsom Tap House have been forced to pour nothing stronger than soda because of a fatal crash that happened months before they opened their doors. "It's really difficult to run a tap house without any taps," said Gail Back, who opened the restaurant with her husband, Jeff, at the beginning of April. George Warren on News 10.


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