First Look: San Antonio’s reopened Southerleigh debuts larger dinner menu, streamlined lunch options

The more diverse dinner menu features flavors such as curry-dusted calamari and chili-dressed cucumber and chayote squash salad.

click to enlarge Southerleigh at Pearl has reopened with a revamped menu. - Instagram / southerleigh_fine_food
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Southerleigh at Pearl has reopened with a revamped menu.
When brewery and restaurant Southerleigh revealed plans in August to close for infrastructural upgrades and to execute a revamp its menu, some folks got the wrong idea.

"It was kind of a nightmare, actually, because people would stop us on the street and ask what we were going to do to the place. They wanted to know what it was going to look like when we were done," Southerleigh Hospitality Group co-founder Jerome Serot said Friday at a private tasting showing off the eatery‘s new menus.

According to Serot, the updates to the 128-year-old building inside the Pearl complex were necessary to ensure its integrity. Visitors may notice new treatments to the restaurant's floors and windows, along with refreshed upholstery, but that's largely where the changes to the dining room end.

click to enlarge Southerleigh's new beet salad features whipped goat cheese, along with bacon and thyme-infused oats. - Nina Rangel
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Southerleigh's new beet salad features whipped goat cheese, along with bacon and thyme-infused oats.
"No one wants to hear that the pipes needed to be replaced," Serot added. "That's not sexy."

Returning customers will notice big changes with the menu, however.

The two-month closure allowed chef-owner Jeff Balfour and friends to significantly pare down Southerleigh's lunch offerings. The move follows a trend the restaurant's operators have seen proven year after year, according to Serot: midday diners simply aren’t looking for heavy, hearty fare.

As such, gone from the lunch offerings are the eatery's signature snapper throats. Those who pine for the crispy fried fish collars can still get them at dinner, but more on that later.

click to enlarge Southerleigh's new dinner offerings include pork schnitzel (left) and fried chicken. - Nina Rangel
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Southerleigh's new dinner offerings include pork schnitzel (left) and fried chicken.
In comparison to the starkness of lunch offerings, the dinner menu is now larger and more diverse, featuring flavors such as curry-dusted calamari and chili-dressed cucumber and chayote squash salad. There's also an appetizer of duck and shiitake lumpia with an accompanying red pepper aioli and a jelly of SA's most-used herb, cilantro, which manages to be equally sweet and savory.

click to enlarge Southerleigh's new duck confit and shiitake mushroom lumpia.
Southerleigh's new duck confit and shiitake mushroom lumpia.
New entrees range from decadent fried chicken to a grilled ribeye with potatoes Lyonnaise, demi-glace and herb butter. However, a few longtime favorites remain — among them, the  aforementioned snapper throats.

"That's just one of those things we can't get away from," Balfour said at the tasting. "We decided to remove the dish from the lunch menu because we would sell out before dinner service started, so we know it works ... we're just changing when it's available."

Located at 136 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, Southerleigh is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a..-9 p.m. The menu switches from lunch to dinner at 5 p.m. daily.

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Nina Rangel

Nina uses nearly 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry to tell the stories of movers and shakers in the food scene in San Antonio. She enjoys writing about industry-specific challenges, victories and everything in between.

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