Neighborhood: Tribeca, 273 Church St. (between Ave. of the Americas and Franklin St.)
The scoop: Souths is a casual and clean restaurant/bar located in Tribeca. I arrived a little before 4 p.m., and there were groups of people relaxing and happily watching the football game in the bar section of the restaurant. As I walked past the bar area, I noticed that the dining area of Souths was pretty much empty. The waitress told me to sit wherever I wanted, so I decided to sit in the comfy booths to the right. The left side was lined up with tables, and the restaurant was festive with a couple of Halloween decorations. The exposed brick and decorations gave the restaurant a warm and friendly feel. A little after 4 p.m., different groups of all ages sat in the back for a late brunch. There was even a mother comfortably enjoying a mimosa while her two children drew on the paper tablecloth.
The waitress was extremely friendly, and she provided good service to all the tables despite being the only server.
Bottoms up: Each brunch dish comes with a complimentary glass of wine, mimosa, bloody Mary, screwdriver or juice. I decided to order wine, and I was surprised that not only was I able to choose between red or white, but I was also given the option for the type of white that I wanted.
This was a standard light wine without much taste to it.
Magners Irish Cider $6
The cider is a nice, lightly-sweetened drink that pairs well with a heavy burger on a fall day.
Chew on this:
Smoked salmon benedict $13 / With homemade hollandaise sauce, home fries and fruit.
In addition to Souths’ regular brunch menu, they also offer brunch specials of the day. Although it was late in the day, I was craving eggs, so I decided to order the salmon benedict off the brunch special list. The eggs were perfectly poached with lots of yolk, and the salmon was smooth. The hollandaise sauce had a good flavor, however, there was way too much sauce. As you can see in the picture, one of the eggs is drowning in hollandaise sauce. As a result, the sauce overpowered that portion of the dish. I was glad that the home fries were made from real potatoes, but they were served a little cold and tasted bland. They didn’t taste awful, but they would have tasted better if there was more pepper. I like ending my meals with a sweet treat, so I enjoyed the small pieces of fruit that was served.
8 oz. sirloin burger on a sesame seed roll with fries or salad $10 / Burger Fixin’s cheddar, blue cheese, fresh mozzarella, Swiss, American cheese, bacon, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms, jalapenos, chili, avocado ($1 each)
On the other side of the brunch menu, there are a list of sandwiches and burgers that are not part of the brunch special. Matt ordered a burger with fries and decided to add cheddar, onions, mushrooms, jalapenos and avocado. The meat was cooked to his liking (medium well), and all the toppings made the burger tasty and almost impossible to finish. The fries were made from real potatoes and were warm and crispy.
The final bite: Souths is a good restaurant for groups of all ages and offers a decent brunch deal, especially for the Tribeca area. I believe the brunch menu can be improved by adding sandwiches and burgers as part of their brunch special.
Reviewed by: Victoria