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Southerleigh launches new outdoor oyster bar at Pearl today

September 14, 2018

As summer starts to loosen its 100-degree grip, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery is turning its attention outdoors with the opening of its new courtyard oyster bar today.

The oyster bar at the Southern-inspired Pearl restaurant and brewhouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, serving only drinks for a soft opening that will roll through through the weekend into Monday.

The full oyster bar menu will kick in at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with fresh Gulf and East Coast oysters, iced shrimp, Alaskan king crab, a daily raw-fish crudo and caviar service with kaluga or white osetra caviar with creme fraiche and a bag of Zapps potato chips. Two-tiered seafood towers will feature oysters, crab, shrimp and a daily chef’s crudo with touches like avocado-horseradish mousse.

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Drink options include six housemade beers on draft, packaged wine and champagne and a frosty Southerleigh Punch served in a pouch with a blend of red, white and rosé wines, Fresca and fruit juice. Southerleigh chef and owner Jeff Balfour calls it “an adult Capri Sun.”

The oyster bar’s hours will match Southerleigh’s — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday — and both the oyster bar menu and main menu will be available indoors and outdoors.

Made from reclaimed industrial steel and windows salvaged from the historic Pearl’s old Bottling Department, the oyster bar indulges Balfour’s lifelong affinity for seafood.

“Growing up in Galveston, I was peeling shrimp and shucking oysters for as long as I can remember,” he said.

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The bar, which faces the broad courtyard outside the Pearl’s food hall, will also give visitors an easier walk-up option to get a Southerleigh beer to go, Balfour said.

In other Southerleigh news, Balfour said the restaurant’s second location, Southerleigh at Brooks on the city’s South Side at The Greenline park, has moved its projected opening date to May or June of next year. Good news for oyster fans: that location will have an oyster bar of its own.

Mike Sutter is a food and drink reporter and restaurant critic. Read more of his stories on mysanantonio.com and ExpressNews.com, our subscriber site. | msutter@express-news.net | Twitter: @fedmanwalking | Instagram: @fedmanwalking

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