There's a new mistress commanding King Street and she's serving up hearty southern fare that'll warm the deep south of your soul. Step off Missenden Road in Newtown and be transported to a pseudo-Louisiana where Miss Peaches and her Soul Food Kitchen are waiting. The spacious brick bar has old-school Southern charm with plenty of comfy booths, a balcony overlooking the hustle and bustle of King Street below, plus a blues-infused vinyl collection to get any feet dancing.
The menu is the antithesis of all diets and not for the faint of heart. Think cornbread sliders filled with deep-fried mac and cheese, chicken or beef short rib (3 for $18), crispy tater tots with maple bacon ketchup ($8) or flaky crawfish pies ($12). The blackened fish ($15) is spiced up nice and jerky and a real standout of the menu. If you're in need for a full feed, however, get a big ol' bowl of okra jambalaya ($16), a traditional Southern spiced rice and vegie dish.
The cocktails are fun, flavourful and reminiscent of those 'good old days'. Try the rum and raisin float (spiced rum in house-made ginger beer with a dollop of rum and raisin ice cream on top, $17) or the refreshing grape drank (traditional grape Fanta spiked with apricot-infused vodka, $15). There's also an ample supply of American bottled beer, including New York's Brooklyn lager or brown beer ($8 each), Sierra Nevada pale, IPA, porter or rye and the Californian Anchor steam ($8.50) or liberty ale ($9). For you non-alcoholics, quench your thirst with a house-made lemonade, sarsaparilla, watermelon fizz or ginger beer ($5 each).
For a drink with a difference and a snack with some soul, let Miss Peaches help combat your deep-fried blues. Y'all better hurry up now.