Foodie Alert: SoHo's new spring menu

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA 9) -- Southern charm can make anyone swoon. It's warm, welcoming and makes the toughest soul want to pack their bags and move below the Mason-Dixon line.

Well, that's exactly what Southern Hospitality (also short for #SoHoDC) offers you: a warm southern welcome, comfort food and a hospitable staff that knows the food inside and out.

Most of you are probably familiar with SoHo's incredible weekend brunches. Washingtonians take brunching serious, and SoHo does it right. But a great brunch isn't news for this spot. I'm here to brag about SoHo's new spring menu.

New chef Leo Garcia made me fall head over heels in tummy love with his new and current dishes that will be a part of the new spring menu. My words can't do these dishes justice, so I'll let the pictures do the talking.

First on the menu was my personal favorite dish of the evening, Beef Carpaccio. Tender and thin slices of beef that were dressed in the most delicious Hoisin and Sriracha sauce drizzle, the perfect combo of spicy and sweet! The sauce was a major hit among us distinguished foodies.

Next up was the Ahi Tuna ceviche with home-made guacamole served with bread slices. The tuna was fresh and had a nice kick of spice to it. I was worried that the guacamole would make the dish soggy and hide the tuna taste, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The consistency of the guac went perfectly with the tuna and I could have easily wolfed it down in two bites, which is why I think they supply the bread slices.

Time for the salad. To me, salads can be boring and tasteless and something I rather skip. When my eyes locked contact with the panzanella salad I quickly changed my mind. The salad consists of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, olives, feta cheese, ciabatta croutons, Kalamata olives and mixed greens. The dressing was topped with a home-made red wine vinaigrette, which adds a little bit of Italian flair to the menu. Needless to say (when no one was looking) I was using my fingers to clear the plate of any tiny morsel left behind.

House-made boneless short ribs were served next. The ribs were served with a mushroom sauce and creamy pureed potatoes-topped with fresh grated horse radish. I took my time with this one, not because I was full, but because the flavors were so dynamic.

Next were the sides. Roasted brussel sprouts and SoHo's famous home-style Mac & Cheese. I'm going to be blunt- I DESPISE brussel sprouts. But not SoHo's were an exception to the rule. The sprouts were mixed with dried cranberries, candied walnuts, bacon and a balsamic reduction. They melted in my mouth and I couldn't help but go back for seconds.

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The Mac & Cheese was amazing. I mean who doesn't like this cheesy delight? The more cheese the better I always say. This bad boy was made with sharp cheddar, Swiss, pepper-jack and Parmesan cheeses. The bowl could have been licked clean.

Next up, Hanger steak served medium-rare with a red wine reduction. Yes, it tasted as good as it looks.

Lastly, dessert. We were treated to southern sweet staples Key Lime pie and Pecan pie as well as a shot of their home-brewed coffee liquor.

SoHo lived up to the hype. Its the perfect place to get some southern lovin' comfort food with an upscale twist. A big thank you to Haute Haus for setting up this tasting event, Anthony Lupo for being so accommodating and to Chef Leo Garcia for treating us to your wonderful food creations.

Even better news, the owners of Southern Hospitality will be opening a new restaurant called Scarlet Oak in late June of this year. Chef Leo will also be the corporate chef.


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