Smarty Eats: SouthBound
There’s a NEW and deliciously fresh South of the Border restaurant in town, SouthBound. Located right next to Mac’s Speed Shop on South Blvd, SouthBound is an absolute GEM for those looking for high-quality, authentic Mexican with a really cool Southern California vibe.
I heard about this place from a friend who had just gone to dinner with her husband and another couple. She was raving about the food, decor, and ambience, so when Smarty Jen and I were wrapping up a meeting Uptown and searching for somewhere to eat lunch, SouthBound was my first thought.
Right when we pulled up, we knew this was going to be THE destination this spring in the QC (I’d stand in line overnight for a Cinco de Mayo spot on the patio). There’s a HUGE outdoor area with cute dangling street lights, picnic tables, TVs, and an outdoor bar. Jen and I were there the day before #snomg2018, so we were dreaming of warm, sunny Carolina afternoons as we stepped inside and out of the cold (we will definitely be back for a Corona on the patio – off the clock, of course).
The feel inside the restaurant is equally fun and the perfect escape for a weekday lunch. The chips are crispy, not oily or soggy, and the salsa is fresh. We got an order of guacamole (delicious) and added some of their homemade hot sauce for a little more spice.
We got lucky and hit it on Taco Tuesday, which means our tacos were only $2 a piece. Jen got Chicken Adobo and Machaca Beef, and I got the Vegetarian and Machaca Beef. All three were absolutely delicious and SUPER fresh (the Machaca Beef had AH-MAZ-ING flavor). If it weren’t for the two baskets of chips I ate, I would’ve left the restaurant light as air.
SouthBound uses locally sourced vegetables, herbs, fruits and ingredients and it shows in everything on their menu. Don’t forget to check out their specials before you go. And PEEP THIS! They’ve got brunch! Put this one on your list and get to SouthBound!