I never made it to Southpaw’s predecessor Little Rebel on Gertrude St, so I’m glad I have finally made it to Southpaw. The menu sounded intriguing when I read it in the window some time back, and it was the perfect place to have a casual dinner before before going to The Death Mook book launch at Dante’s and then to Vibe to see Adam Hills at A mic in hand.
There are various spaces within – the front bar area, a side room and a middle section with large tables and benches that leads to the rear courtyard. I felt immediately at home when I walked in because Ziggy Stardust was on the stereo.
I chose fried chicken, coleslaw and corn bread for dinner. I love the contrast between hot salty chicken and crunchy cold coleslaw and I really enjoyed this meal, along with a Mildura brewery desert lager.
I also love the attention to detail they demonstrate with their street-side outdoor area. The white picket fence, astroturf and wrought iron chairs signify an ironic awareness that Gertrude St is as far from suburban garden parties as it is possible to get. This cute anachronism is another reason to appreciate the fine hospitality on offer at Southpaw in the southern end of Fitzroy.