I drive by Son of a Preacher Man, Enoteca Emilia’s new take on southern-style bourbon, chicken, and biscuits, to and from work every day and had been looking forward to trying it since it opened a few short months ago. If I would have had expectations (I’m not sure I did), SOAPM would have exceeded them, as we had a really solid experience.
The place was great — quaint and well put together, but not over the top or pretentious, and the service was pleasant, too. Parking wasn’t an issue either, as there was a paid lot across the street and plenty of street parking in the area.
We ordered pimento cheese fritters to start, which were fantastic. For entrees we ordered the fried chicken sandwich (served on a biscuit) with macaroni and cheese; two-piece chicken platter with pork and beans; and bourbon bbq meatloaf with southern mash. All three dishes were good, but the standouts were the pimento cheese fritters and bourbon bbq meatloaf with southern mash. The honey, hot sauce, and biscuits that accompanied our meals were also great. The mac and cheese was okay, but could easily do without. I’ve heard the cheddar grits are great and look forward to trying those in the future. I don’t typically do dessert, but because we were celebrating my birthday, I also ordered mud pie for dessert. That was also good. Solid food all around.
There aren’t many restaurants these days where you can have a quality experience with good service and a fantastic appetizer, three great entrees, and dessert for $50, but we did just that at Son of a Preacher Man. We will certainly be back, and we will definitely be trying out the specialty bourbon cocktails (we live within walking distance).