Conshohocken Restaurant Review: Comfort Food at Southern Cross Kitchen

With enough buttermilk fried chicken, grits and love to make Paula Deen jealous, Southern Cross Kitchen is sure to be another successful venture from the ladies behind Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon.

Feeding off the success of Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon, Marianne Gere and Kim Strengari’s latest concept celebrates the iconic recipes originating below the Mason-Dixon Line. Before opening Conshohocken’s Southern Cross Kitchen in late 2012, they softened the former 8 East’s downstairs dining room with pumpkin creams and moody blues, while adding distressed accents like antiqued window frames and lanterns.

The result is a whimsical, welcoming setting for SCK’s modernized comfort food. Classics include heaping portions of fried buttermilk chicken coated with a well-seasoned, flaky-crisp crust, and grits enriched with heaps of creamy goat cheese. Also designed to induce pre-nap euphoria: fork-tender short ribs with quadruple-cheese-and-macaroni, cornbread and collard greens. Dessert lovers can pay homage to the South’s beloved pecan via one tricked-out pie that will make a believer out of anyone (and Paula Deen jealous).

SCK’s sizable location features a chalkboard-lined bar area serving select craft beers and wines, plus themed cocktails, including house-brewed sweet tea spiked with bourbon. Upstairs, the 80-seat private-party space boasts brass chandeliers, vintage chests and chairs, and tables topped with kitschy trifle bowls.

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8 E. 1st Ave., Conshohocken, (484) 344-5668,

Read more about Kim Strengari and Marianne Gere in October 2012‘s Power Women Feature. 

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