The local restaurateurs crossed the Fayette Street Bridge to debut the new neighborhood restaurant-bar, one warmly dressed in creamy pumpkin and moody blues with rustic, vintage accents that include brass chandeliers, distressed shutters and window frames, wooden tabletops and chairs. Situated in the former 8 East space, the bi-level venture features a 40-seat dining room and 20-seat bar downstairs, while upstairs is intended for private parties, with space for 80 guests available.
Serving lunch and dinner daily with a full bar, plus brunch available on Sundays, Southern Cross Kitchen celebrates an attractive mix of down-home Southern classics aside modern comfort food spins. Highlights of the lunch and dinner menu include fried green tomatoes and goat cheese with roasted red pepper coulis, Southern spicy pecan and Fuji apple salad in an orange vinaigrette, oyster po’ boys with spicy remoulade sauce on long rolls, chicken jambalaya, and fried buttermilk chicken with the necessary accompaniments—braised collard green and buttermilk mashed potatoes included.
The brunch menu is as dreamy, featuring soul-warming day-starters like biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and The Elvis—a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich crafted on Pullman bread. Sunday morning drink specials include Pinnacle Punch and Honey Bourbon Sours—both for only $5.
Southern Cross Kitchen is the duo’s fifth restaurant since the opening of Bryn Mawr‘s Bella Luna in 2000, with Stella Blu opened in 2001, followed by Gypsy Saloon in 2004 and Bella Luna Pizza Kitchen in 2008. Hours of operation are as follows: Mon.–Sun., 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Sunday Brunch is available 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Reservations are available at (484) 344-5668.