Southern Food Roadtrippers: Sara, Randy and Angel

Angel Postell, executive director of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, left May 10 on what she calls her Southern Food Road Trip. She and a small group of friends and co-workers hit the Atlanta Food + Wine Festival before heading across the South, meeting up with an assorted collection of chefs, friends, and foodies, their final destination: Memphis in May.

We are honored that Angel, Randi and Sara chose Restaurant Iris as one of their stops on the last leg of their #SouthernFoodRoadTrip. Here are a few excerpts from their experience at Restaurant Iris:

We ended our trip with our friends Kelly English and his wife Angela at Restaurant Iris, an incredibly warm and welcoming place that looks like a home. Angela welcomed us at the front door, and the two came over several times throughout our meal to catch up.

Angel’s Favorites: I thought everything at Iris was flavorful and comforting. You could taste Kelly’s New Orleans influences in most dishes. He brought us several items to try and I wish we could have finished them all. I especially loved the sweetbreads over dumplings covered in fresh fava beans. I loved the soft-shell crab with greens served over warm toast. And the gulf crabmeat over local tomatoes topped with avocado and herbs was super refreshing. My favorite of the main courses was the St. Peter’s fish which was over a rice custard and surrounded by local butter beans. It was perfectly cooked and a great new fish to try.

Randi’s Favorites: We dined at Restaurant Iris and It was wonderful to see Kelly English in his own home. He was gracious and an all-around great guy. Angela his wife as well was equally as warm and welcoming. The items that I really enjoyed were the gulf crabmeat, avocado, local tomatoes and herbs, it was light and refreshing. The “salad” of tempura fried okra, pimento cheese, local cucumber, and Greek yogurt was also scrumptious. The amandine of speckled trout over whipped cauliflower was also perfectly cooked.

Sara’s Favorites: Between Nashville and Memphis I am sold on Tennessee. Some of the best moments of the trip took place in this state. Memphis in May was the ultimate way to end the trip — good fun with good people. It will be a few days for smell of smoke to leave my hair.

Restaurant Iris was hospitality at its best. Our server Jeff represented the top tier of all the amazing staff and servers we have encountered on this trip, and Kelly definitely knows how to feed a girl — every dish had more than just enough for us to enjoy. Everything on the menu is just so interesting.

Click here to read the complete feature, including a recap of their dinner at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.

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