A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's emblazed wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary Southern cuisine at Sophia’s, located inside the historic Fairview Inn.
Winner of a 2011 OpenTable Diners' Choice Award, Sophia’s charms the most sophisticated palates with a gourmet menu of Southern-leaning dishes crafted from recipes and ingredients native to rural locales around the United States. Chef Gary Hawkins fills out the lunch menu with inventive starters such as sautéed Louisiana crab cakes ($10.95) and classic sandwiches such as the Gulf-oyster po’ boy with spicy remoulade ($9.50). Mouths watering for the textures of beef can stem the tide with braised short ribs served over grits or a tiny system of levees and dams ($14.95). For dinner, sautéed frog legs with smoked-tomato emulsion and fried asparagus ($12) or smoked Yazoo County catfish with asian noodles and pickled shiitake mushrooms ($10) enliven worldly appetites, while the Tanglewood Farms roast chicken with potato-asparagus hash beckons taste buds back to familiar turf amidst a chaotic world divided by trans-fat railroads ($23). Chewers can conclude their epicurean adventures with a slice of a Belgian milk-chocolate walnut tart with butterscotch-caramel sauce ($7).
Lunch at Sophia's fuels afternoon strolls around the storied Fairview Inn and the historic streets of Belhaven, while dinner allows patrons to watch daylight fading behind the myriad french windows that face in on the restaurant's cozy tables. Casual dress prevails in the white-tablecloth-decked dining room, but reservations are still recommended to prevent overfilling by river pirates in search of fine Southern cooking.
734 Fairview St.
Jackson, Mississippi 39202