From tapas to Italian to Low Country, then back to tapas, and, yes, even a steak house, these are the top new places to eat

Written by Jon Luther and Richard Thurmond
Photographs by Chris Edwards

6601 Morrison Boulevard

Rooster's has been a hit in SouthPark since its opening. (Chris Edwards)

Rooster’s has been a hit in SouthPark since its opening. (Chris Edwards)

Months after opening, it was still tough to get a table here (the frenzy has somewhat abated). It seems that SouthPark folk appreciate a place that serves good, simple food in an unpretentious environment and doesn't require a second mortgage in order to pay the check. That's what Jimmy Noble has pulled off here. The menu is primarily à la carte and includes standouts like crispy fried oysters, luscious rotisserie chicken, solid grilled fish and meats, and fun “hand pizzas.” Lots of wood, including an ancient, worn chopping block, lend an old-world flavor to the atmosphere, while an open kitchen in the center of the space keeps the focus in the right place—on the food.


Drink Up
Noble just opened an adjacent neighboring wine bar with its own menu.

Quit Looking at Me
OK, the dozens of stuffed chickens that adorn one wall are a tad creepy.

Sit Here
A counter surrounding the open kitchen makes for a great view. Noble often ends his night there.

On the Side
Don't miss the pan-fried corn, haricots verts with garlic, or butter-wilted spinach.