|Bar and a few tables inside Magpie|
Several spots opened there in the last few years, such as thai BYOB Sawatdee, The Quick Fixx for high quality takeout and Sweet Freedom gluten free desserts. They join the likes of Pumpkin, Bob and Barbara's and Jamaican Jerk Hut to make South Street West home to a variety of new drinking/dining experiences.
Two of the latest welcome additions to South Street West are Magpie and The Cambridge. The chalkboard menu at artisan pie boutique Magpie is limited to three savory non-dessert pies, three fruit pies and three custards. To set your expectations, only the custard pies were round. I envisioned little individual pies for everything but Magpie serves more lasagna-style rectangles.
Price is the one thing to be wary of here. A savory "pie" slice for $8.50 is steep, especially for a coffee shop-style place when you could make the whole casserole at home for that. You're paying for the experience I guess. Sweet pie slices are a good size for your $5 investment and Pie Fries are just $3.50.
|Shrimp Po Boy with avocado from The Cambridge|
So far we've been very impressed by the draft beer list, Porker Burger, House Roast Beef sandwich, Sansei Kris Asian Pulled Pork and Rock Shrimp Po Boy. Something needs to be done about the temperature inside before it's time to shut the front wall of windows, but we plan to return often for a casual beer and/or dinner.
Walking by the other day, it looks like a new location of Pure Fare opened on 16th and South as well. On the same block, we hear the distinctly named Indian Restaurant is pretty good. Jazzy, southern-inspired REX 1516 is getting glowing reviews, though we haven't been yet - have you?
For more on South Street West, here are our original reviews of Sawatdee and Pumpkin. Know of any other good places coming to South Street West? What do you think the neighborhood still needs?