When it comes to chefs in Memphis, plenty of names get thrown around: Kelly English, Andrew Ticer/Michael Hudman, Felicia Willett and Wally Joe are just a few. Another chef that most definitely belongs in the conversation is Ryan Trimm, who has quietly been building his restaurant empire. With the opening of Southward Fare & Libations, his third eatery, Trimm is not only stretching his creative culinary muscles, but also expanding beyond his home turf of the Cooper-Young neighborhood in Midtown, to plant is feet firmly in East Memphis.
My friend Nikki and I try to go out at least once a month, and each time we do, we attempt to patronize a restaurant that is new to at least one of us. Enjoying Chef Trimm's cuisine like I do, when it came my turn to pick the place, I knew that I wanted to try Southward Fare. The menu changes frequently, as they're figuring out what works and what doesn't, as well as taking advantage of what is abundant and in season. I'm sure that they'll find their footing soon, but trust me: you can't go wrong with the oysters, catfish cakes or the artisan cheese plate.
It is obvious that the folks at Southward Fare spend as much, if not more, time developing their drinks as they do their food. With a comprehensive list of cocktails and an equally impressive array of "mocktails," it is just as easy to quench your thirst as it is to satisfy your appetite at Chef Trimm's newest addition.
Southward Fare & Libations
6150 Poplar Avenue, Suite 122
Memphis, TN 38119
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm until
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-2:00pm