Check out these eight new restaurants that recently opened across the South, from a Senegalese pop-up-turned-tasting-menu in New Orleans to an old-fashioned dive bar in Houston that serves stiff cocktails and chili pie.
Situated on Bayou Road, New Orleans’ oldest passageway and hub for Black-owned businesses, the new restaurant Addis pays homage to the city’s Black Wall Street in its new space. Today, you can find the colorful corridor filled with a variety of Black Owned and Afro-Caribbean businesses, where Addis just added a full service bar and coffee ceremony stage in their new expanded space. Addis still is serving Ethiopian classics like Doro Wot with Injera, a fermented flatbread that acts as a vehicle to sop up all the goodness.
Located in a 1950s-era building, Agricole Hospitality’s newly opened bar EZ’s Liquor Lounge derived from its love of a good neighborhood dive bar, envisioning a place with something for everyone. Find a proper cocktail menu with The Famous EZ’s Margarita and a dulce de leche old fashioned, no frills, easy-eating bar snacks such as the caliente dog and customizable chili pies, perfect for when those late night munchies hit.
Mexican supper club-style restaurant and rooftop lounge Palo Santo comes to Atlanta’s westside neighborhood, where chef Santiago Gomez merges Mexican, Japanese, and Southern flavors in this chic two story restaurant. With a mezcal bar cart and dining room perfumed with wood fired flavors, this modern Mexican spot emerges as a heavy-weight to the Atlanta food scene- focused on using ingredients and flavors from Georgia farms and purveyors.
167 Hospitality’s newest outpost located in the old Fulton Five building, just steps away from their flagship restaurant 167 Raw. Inspired by the owners’ European travels and Italian family roots, Bar 167’s ambiance is relaxed but in an upbeat setting with European style and coastal charm. Order an aperitif from their comprehensive drink menu, and enjoy bites like a caviar doughnut and steak diane–served with a mushroom conserva and a black trumpet truffle butter.
Chef Serigne Mbaye brings his wildly exciting Senegalese menu to its permanent location after garnering national and local recognition. This Senegalese-infuenced tasting menu-style concept seats 30 guests with one seating a night, and “tradition is at the core of everything we do at Dakar NOLA,” as Mbaye studied traditional Sengalese food at his mother’s knees. With a nod from the James Beard Foundation for Best Emerging Chef in 2022, be sure to check out their seven-course tasting menu featuring west Africa’s iconic Jollof rice dish and many other elevated bites spotlighting the cuisine.
Montgomery’s only rooftop bar offers fresh, handcrafted cocktails and dynamic wines along with penthouse views of the capital city’s historic downtown. From the team behind Montgomery’s Italian fine dining destination Ravello Ristorante comes this Italian-style cocktail bar, designed to encourage visitors to expand their palates. Find Portuguese Pet Nat’s by the glass, classic textbook wines, and handcrafted cocktails like the Manhattan Nevada, consisting of Old Forrester 100, peach, dry vermouth, and smoke.
The highly anticipated new restaurant Marygold’s recently opened in Miami’s renowned Wynwood neighborhood, where chef Brad Kilgore and Bar Lab came together for a Floridian brasserie that melds refined ingredients with high finesse. Kilgore, who has stacked up accolades over the years, including a nomination from James Beard Foundation for “Best Chef: South ” and Food and Wine “Best New Chefs in America” has been an integral part of the Miami dining scene. Designed by Meyer Davis and Miami-based MaD Artistic, the 2000-foot space blends warm and natural woods, vibrant colors, and industrial floors; all working together create an ambiance that compliments the Wynwood neighborhood.
FONVILLE PRESS | Alys Beach
Found in one of the South’s most prized vacations destinations, Alys Beach, Florida, all-day market and cafe Fonville Press provides a casual coastal environment for gathering from dawn to dusk. Once a shuttered coffee shop, owners Jeremy and Angela Walton revived the space for gourmet market essentials, cocktails, coffee, and a glass of wine, where you can expect an all-day cafe menu serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Chefs Coleman Jernigan and Josh Rockhill have collaborated on a menu that ranges from a brisket biscuit sandwich to frozen acai bowls, in addition to an in-house pastry program to delight the morning traditions.
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Amber Chase