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Featured: Inside Sacramento – Downtown
On a quiet stretch of 11th Street in the Southside Park neighborhood, a little bistro combines two modern trends in neighborhood dining: unaffected casualness and back-to-basics cooking. The owners are N’Gina and Ian Kavookjian, and they base their menu and restaurant’s philosophy on timeless traditions of Southern cooking. Or, as the owners describe it, “At South, we are not trying to reinvent the wheel, we are just trying to express 200 years of our family’s story on a 12-inch plate.” The family history is a gorgeous mix of traditional Southern and Cajun cooking styles. Yams, fried green tomatoes and hushpuppies are all on point. The standout dish is the fried chicken, a classic take on a familiar meal that becomes something remarkable at South. People talk of South’s fried chicken in hushed voices and reverent tones, and many knowing fans believe there is no better example of this Southern kitchen essential, at least not west of the Mississippi. Order at the counter and then select your table inside or on the charming patio for service at this charming and unique Sacramento restaurant.