Change is happening quickly all over the Heights, and it seems like a new restaurant is opening every day! This week we got to visit Southern Goods, a new restaurant that opened in August at 632 W. 19th Street, in the former home of Pie in the Sky. The grand opening had been the source of much hype for months, and Southern Goods lived up to every bit of it.
Originally planned as a bar that served really good food, Southern Goods gradually shifted to be more food-centric during the planning stages. The menu is small, but every item on it is perfectly executed and created from top-quality ingredients. We tried the fried green tomatoes, gourmet grilled cheese, Mexican-style street corn, and the mammoth double cheeseburger and were consistently wowed by each item. Unfortunately, we ran out of room to try some of the other signature dishes we saw going out to nearby tables, but those looked and smelled amazing. Next time I won’t pass up the beef burnt ends served over cheesy grits, which seemed to be the most popular item on the menu, judging by the dozens of plates of it we saw leave the kitchen. The cocktails that were originally planned to be the star of the show are pretty spectacular, too. Beer drinkers will be pleased to know there are a few dozen beers on tap. We had to sample a few in the name of research and weren’t disappointed.
The atmosphere in Southern Goods was surprisingly hip, for those who dined in the building when it was Pie in the Sky. Exposed brick and rustic fixtures abound, and the staff is just a little bit cooler-than-thou, without being rude. It’s busy and a bit loud inside, so don’t go expecting a quite, intimate evening. Reservations are currently not accepted, so be prepared to wait over an hour on weekend evenings. Luckily there’s plenty of space to order a cocktail from the bar and wait outside on the patio! We’ll definitely be back soon to sample more expertly shaken cocktails and delicious modern takes on Southern Grandma-inspired dishes.
For more information, please visit: http://southerngoodshouston.com/