Blove at First Bite: Southbound

Sara Delgado
3 min readJun 18, 2019
Photos by Naomi Harika

Extremely hot take: beer and fried food is probably the — dare we say — best date night food. Sure, it’s nice to have your toro sashimi and duck confit every now and then, but there’s really no sight that puts you quite at ease after a long week like a plate of french fries and a frosty pint of beer. I mean, don’t you feel relaxed just after reading that? Some call it comfort food, we call it food that doesn’t need further introduction. For a meal you’ll be glad to chase down with 8 ounces of locally made ale, try the plates at Southbound.

The Breakdown:
Neighborhood: Chamblee
Price: $$
Mood: Fun & Lively
Noise: Medium/Loud (pending seating)
Crowd: Come one, come all
Dress Code: Casual
Date Type: Drinks, Dinner
Parking: Lot (Free)
Reservations: Yes, recommended.

Why You’ll Bloveit
Another local gem for the OTP crowd, Southbound on the surface looks like just about any other reclaimed warehouse turned into a restaurant & bar. On the inside, it’s also more or less what you’d expect: edison light bulbs, brass fixtures, chalk board for a beer list, tons of exposed brick, picnic style tables on the patio to contrast the more upscale dining setup indoors, and buffalo check linens. You get the aesthetic, you’ve seen it a gazillion times, but you’ve maybe never felt them all come together the way they do at Southbound. At Southbound, you don’t have to wonder where you fit in or what to wear, the earnest atmosphere brought forth by the staff makes you instantly comfortable at every seat in the house. If you’re a fan of craft beer, artisanal hotdogs, or just anything that’s fried to perfection — you’ll love this date night spot just about any day of the week.

Price For Two
Two drinks, an appetizer to share, and two entrées with room for dessert around $100–125

Just a Tip
There’s not much else around Southbound (you’ll notice this on the ride over) so come prepared with encore plans.

Encore Options
Just a straight shot down Peachtree Road, you’ll be in Buckhead where you can chase the late night hours at the Painted Duck or one of the many Buckhead bars.

Want to plan a Bloveit date here? Join the waitlist for Southbound and we’ll let you know when it’s ready!

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