Southern Lunch at Rex 1516

Rex 1516 is one of the under a year old spots turning the west of Broad side of South Street into a place worth coming to for eating purposes and not just drag shows. The menu is Southern influenced. I was invited to try the lunch menu, with entrees that hover around $10 for lunch. Despite the South’s reputation for heavy, not so healthy dining, plates like the blackened tacos or grilled turkey sandwich allow for a less caloric experience.  Inside the ambience is relaxed, especially during lunch. I like the exposed brick and rustic chandeliers. I sipped a Coronado orange wit beer while waiting for my meal, which didn’t take long at all to come out.

I was wavering between the fried tomato sandwich and the jambalaya. The pulled duck and tasso ham of the jambalaya that won me over ($9).  It came out as a fall colored bowl of protein and rice. Three blackened shrimp  were placed on top. There were plenty of pieces of tender pulled duck and salty tasso ham and the rice had a kick to it. I finished my bowl and felt full but not gross.

The dessert menu truly showcased the southern fusion that Rex is all about. Whoopie pies are fancied up with lavender fudge and cherry compote. The fudgey cookies are great and the lavender is interesting, but an order of 2 might be intense unless you are planning to share.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Not to heavy, but still comforting Southern food

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • I don’t like to eat lavender

Rex 1516 , 1516 South St,  267-319-1366


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