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Social Southern Table and Bar

3901 Johnston St., Lafayette
(337) 456-3274  *  socialsouthern.com

Longtime Lafayette restaurateur Charlie Goodson, who owns the award-winning Charley G’s, has teamed up with executive chef Marc Krampe, whose family owns the Lafayette McDonald’s franchise, and Jody Ferguson, owner of Acadiana’s Casa Olé. The threesome formed Southern Hospitality Kitchens to locate voids in the Lafayette culinary market and fill them with locally owned restaurants, Goodson says.

    Their first establishment is Social Southern Table & Bar, “a chef-driven bar” aimed at ages 25 to 40 “and the young at heart,” Goodson says. Social Southern is more fast-paced than a restaurant, he says, but also offers a sophisticated menu along with such specialty cocktails as the Social Sazerac and Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade; wine flights; and a large variety of wines, beers and upscale liquors.

    “We have great bars in town and great restaurants in town,” Goodson says, “but we wanted to do something in between.”

    The menu by chef Krampe consists of “Speakeateries” appetizers; specialty sandwiches and salads; flatbreads; “Supper Plates” featuring items such as Guinness-braised pork; and “Social Fixins” for two, such as Mac-n-Cheese with pepper, sake and aged white cheddar.

    Goodson says the most popular items have been the Smoke Fried Chicken-n-Foie Gras Biscuits and the flatbreads, which are created on-site in a wood-burning oven. The restaurant also makes its own breads, with the exception of the poor boy loaves, which adds to its popularity, Goodson adds.

    Social Southern is open for lunch and dinner at its Johnston Street location, halfway between downtown and the Mall of Acadiana.

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