JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — From bottomless mimosas to half-off appetizers, South Kitchen and Spirits is a favorite among locals living in Jacksonville.
Brian Siebenschuh, owner and executive chef of South Kitchen and Spirts, said he started in the restaurant business when he was 16 years old flipping burgers and spinning shakes making $4.25 an hour.
"Sometimes you do it all, you throw the burgers on the grill, you run around to the other side, you spin some shakes, you come back, take the burgers off finish those up and this was 1994," Siebenschuh said. "It was my first job I was 16."
Fast forward to 2019 and he is now the owner of both the Nocatee and Avondale South Kitchen and Spirits locations.
The menu includes everything from casual burgers and fries to great tasting steaks and lobster dishes.
Siebenschuh said what really keeps people coming back are the daily happy hour specials and the weekend brunch specials.
"Starting at 10 a.m., we’ve got unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary’s mix and match, $15 for Bloody Marys and mimosas all during brunch and then during the week, it’s all about happy hour," he said. "From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. everyday half-off all appetizers on the menu and half-off everything at the bar."
Popular on the menu is the fried catfish and grits. It’s been a favorite since day one.
"We marinate the catfish overnight in buttermilk and hot sauce [and] it forms up the flesh a little bit it really makes it delicious when we fry it up," he said.
The Korean-style short rib appetizer is also a hit, seasoned and marinated to perfection.
"We marinate the short ribs in beer a local bold city Dukes Brown Ale, it's got some apple in there, a lot of different herbs and spices and then we’ll grill those up hard, get a really nice char on them and serve them with spicy fennel slaw."
For dessert, it’s all about 'mamas' homemade carrot cake.
"Moms recipe pretty traditional carrot cake with some toasted pecans, some whipped cream cheese frosting, and brandy raisin caramel."