Good Eats: The Second Line

Posted on April 1, 2014

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By Alexandra Harlan

The_Second_LineChef Kelly English’s second foray into the world of restaurants is a unique tribute to his New Orleans roots. Located next to Restaurant Iris, a walk down Monroe Avenue is a testament to English’s greatness and longevity. Warm and inviting, the serene lighting and understated decor of the Victorian converted restaurant seemed to sit well with the many happy patrons.

The variation between individual and communal seating presented an interesting throwback grade-school dining feel. The menu, locally sourced from English’s friends and neighbors, offered a wide selection of traditional Cajun favorites. The food arrived on a variety of perfectly portioned iron cast skillets and metal trays, making the presentation of the meal an experience in itself. Appetizer options include andouille crawfish and pimento cheese fries and barbequed shrimp, both which were absolutely divine.

A large portion of the menu focuses on the Po’boy sandwiches and in this area, English did not disappoint. Crunchy bread, hearty meat fillings and sides like “fancy ass coleslaw”, all culminated in the perfectly balanced main course. The meal came to a close with a dreamy bread pudding, drenched in a warm vanilla sauce that was perfectly balanced with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. The warm setting and sensory meal, combined with a final appearance from the beaming English himself, provided an experience worth repeating. Chef Kelly however, serves more than great food to Memphis. On April 5th at Minglewood Hall, Kelly will be hosting an original event, Le Bon Appétit: Great Food for a Great Cause. The event will bring together celebrated chefs, including sixteen Memphis chefs, mixologists, pastry chefs, and TV personalities to create one delicious dream. This event benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, specifically towards the purchase of pediatric ambulances.

Alexandra Harlan is a junior English major at Rhodes College.

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