We’re back at the Pearl Brewery – Are you surprised? But the time has come to nosh at the restaurant that everyone in town is talking about – Southerleigh. While Southerleigh has been around for a year now, they have quickly built buzz thanks to Chef Jeff Balfour’s amazing take on coastal seafood, growing list of accolades and prime real estate next to Hotel Emma. We were lucky enough to snag a reservation for brunch. Trust us when we say, reservations are completely necessary if you’re headed for a weekend meal. Located off the Hotel Emma, parking is an easy fleet even on the busiest days if you park in the garage or use valet.
The grand doors are the first indicator of what to expect from this crowd favorite. Mixed with some of the original structure from the Pearl Brewery, Southerleigh has an open floor plan and an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows. The furniture is rich and masculine, but the airiness and natural light feel warm and inviting. I could stop right here with the dream that is the architecture, but the food makes this place a literal oasis in the middle of San Antonio.
We went for brunch so our menu was split amongst some of the full time favorites like their famed seafood dishes, paired with unique twists on breakfasts dishes. It should be a no brainer what I picked by now – the 44 Farms Burger. It was cooked perfectly with a jam, pickles, and the freshest toppings. Patricio opted for another twist on a southern favorite, Biscuits and Gravy. Only this gravy was one of a kind and rich with influences of the south. I asked Patricio for his thoughts about the biscuits and gravy were and just got “VIBES”. I’m not sure what that means but he said to link the following.
Southerleigh also happens to be one of the nation’s largest breweries, hosting their own unique brews that the staff is more than happy to let you sample. You can even get a flight of different samplings from lagers and IPAs to more funky options like a curry porter. We’re not really beer drinkers, but you can’t keep us away from a root beer. And if it’s a root beer float? We’ll take it – immediately. This root beer float was decadent and the perfect finishing touch on an already amazing meal that started off with beignets that rivaled Café Du Monde’s and ended with a classic treat. The staff was welcoming and didn’t miss a beat with service, and the kitchen was just as quick. It’s no surprise why tourists and locals alike flock here. So next time you’re down at the Pearl and feeling like great seafood, filling favorites and an almost-overwhelming selection of drinks – Southerleigh is the way to go. Don’t be afraid to say hi if you see us there– But be warned, there’s a good chance we’ll have root beer floats in hand and beignets on our plates.