"You Choose" — The Southern Oven

Once a week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us

Venue: The Southern Oven at The Sunflower Lounge, 76 Smallbrook Queensway, B5 4EG; website

Choice: Shrimp & grits (£6) Chooser: Bek, Co-founder

Every time we go on holiday, a plan is at some point forged which involves the opening of a restaurant — just something small, local, manageable. And the tanin-fuelled decision remains at whatever taverna, bistro or trattoria it was formed. Bek and Stu went to New Orleans, had the same stroke of genius (though this time rum-based) and The Southern Oven was formed. After spending some time experimenting, the pair have arrived at The Sunflower Lounge's kitchens with plenty of creole chutzpah, from Tuesday through Saturday. The most popular order is the buttermilk fried chicken burger, served with homemade comeback sauce (a big deal in Mississippi) and served on a brioche bun. But our pick was the shrimp and cheesy grits, which come with unapologetic lashings of buttery, garlicy, spicy goodness to coat the unctuous, pink heros of the sea. Proper finger lickin' stuff. And in case you're not up on your deep south chomping, grits are made from mature corn kernels. We'll split whatever pub quiz prize that secured you. Menu


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