Lisa Garza Dishes Retro Comfort at Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar

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Photos by Catherine Downes
Last night marked the official opening of the much buzzed about Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar. The upscale Southern comfort food restaurant, located in the old Hector's on Henderson building, boasts a vintage feel from the decor, the china and even the staff, who were dapper in collard shirts, bow ties, dresses and aprons. Only a few people were scattered throughout the restaurant and screened-in patio at 6 p.m. as eager waitstaff lined the dining room. At one point there were 10 servers and busboys on the floor, they outnumbered the patrons by a good handful, but it was still early.

Owner Liza Garza is known for her fried chicken, which appears on the menu alongside chili fried oysters, okra, gumbo, and shrimp and grits. The drink menu offers classics like the Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz (Nolets, orange flower water, lemon and half and half), and a variety of liquor-infused punches and teas (which can be ordered by the pitcher).

Sissy's kitchen is open from 5 p.m. until 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, which will come in handy after a long right of Henderson Avenue bar-hopping. They're also planning to serve brunch every day, our bartender said, just as soon as they're up and running at a regular pace. And they'll be running -- as we left, customers started to trickle in.

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Deviled eggs with creme fraiche and tobiko caviar.

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Chad
Chad

2929 Henderson

Ralphy
Ralphy

Yeah; but you could have gotten JB to do a critique on the resturants interior design !

Gawd; that wall of plates w/ a mounted buck looks 1970s hideous.

twinwillow
twinwillow

That wall design with the deer heads reminds me of restaurants in Germany.

mark
mark

 you can edit?!?!?!

Ralphy
Ralphy

Like I said;  I have seen it duplicated over and over and over.  

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

This is the furthest thing from a press release. We patiently waited for restaurant to open, and then took some shots to show you what Sissy's looks like. Catherine commented on the looks of the employees based on a previous post we did detailed Lisa Garza's hiring practices.

As for the food, it's generally accepted in food journalism to not criticize a restaurants offering too soon. While different publications follow different rules, and they're certainly flexible, I think it's best to stay away from hammering someone's food on opening night.

We'll be checking in on Sissy's again soon.

todd
todd

So why can we get deets on truffle sauce/oil, super crunchy french fries and a fun selection of mikshakes at Chop House Burger?  Both they and Sissy opened on the same day. 

Rubadub
Rubadub

Gawd, defensive much? It's generally accepted in journalism not to be so shitty to your readers who are asking a very obvious question, opening night or not.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Soooooo, how was the freaking yardbird?  I give less than one ess about their collared shirts..tis a restaurant, No?  HOW WAS THE GRUB?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It really does read more like a rewarmed press release.

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