Southern Accent

This past weekend, Jonty and I gathered up some friends in search of some Southern, New Orleans style food. We decided to hit up Southern Accent on Markham Street, just South of Bloor.

As we walked in, it felt like we had just entered the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The dark, yet inviting atmosphere was flooded with beads and Mardi Gras decorations which added a little fun to the evening.

As soon as we sat down, we couldn’t wait to open the menu and pick out some traditional Southern dishes. For appetizers, we ordered corn bread, hush puppies (fried corn fritters), Piquant Shrimp, Cajun calamari, and alligator…yes, alligator! Our friends are a bit more daring than us so they chose the alligator, which Jonty and I agreed to try. The whole idea of eating this scary creature really creeped me out, but I went for it anyways. It had the texture of chicken mixed with beef, but was a little too tough for me. I think I was just too freaked out to actually enjoy it. The alligator, as well as the shrimp were tossed in a spicy garlic lime sauce, which added a nice Cajun kick.

The calamari had a nice, crispy coating and was paired with a ginger remoulade and blackened tomato coulis. I’m pretty sure I ate the majority of this dish!

As usual, I loved the corn bread, especially with the warm butter slowly melting into each crevice. The hush puppies were nothing special, a little dry and lacking some flavour, but they did have a crisp coating on the outside.

I did get quite full from the appetizers, so Jonty and I decided to share brisket and sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo. The brisket was so juicy, yet tender and was slow cooked with Maple Bourbon Chipotle BBQ sauce and dark lager. It was served with a side of creamy baked cheese grits and seared collard greens. By the end of this dish, I was stuffed! The brisket, grits and greens was a fantastic end to the meal.

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