If you’ve been in Midtown for any time at all, the names Kelly English and The Second Line don’t require any sort of introduction. For the uninitiated, Kelly English is the Executive Chef/Owner/Food Magician/Mastermind of Restaurant Iris and The Second Line (which just so happen to be neighbors and share a kitchen). Restaurant Iris is a French-Creole restaurant that is so good that it is nearly impossible to get a spot on short notice. The Second Line is the laid back counterpart where you can hang out on the patio with a mixed drink and get a little messy tearing through a poboy that’s generously covered in gravy.
The Second Line (which I’ll refer to as TSL from here on out) has a beautifully simple menu. Starters, Poboys, Other Stuff (other meal type things), and Groceries (side items). They have rotating specials and a great drink list with local brews on tap. The food is recognizably creole-influenced with plenty of seafood-centric offerings and French sounding words peppered into the menu. For most of my friends and me, it’s all about the poboys though. I mean, just check this out:
You’re looking at the Roast White Oaks Pasture Beef with Gravy and Swiss. If you’re reading this any time between 11 o’clock and lunch, I’m sorry.
I’m getting ahead of myself. My wife and I kicked off our evening celebrating TSL’s “Tequila Tuesday” which offers $5 Happy Enchiladas and $5 Margaritas:
The enchiladas are a great small starter and have a little bit of a kick to them. Happy enchiladas may sound like a funny name but I assure you that they are very appropriately named, as I sincerely questioned getting 18 more orders of these. “…but Keith, didn’t you just say this restaurant was creole?” Yes, I did, but listen: these people here don’t know how to make bad food. Everything they touch is gold. Edible, delicious, metaphorical gold.
My wife opted for a more health conscious option with the Brignole Salad (Iceberg topped with artichoke and olives). Along with the enchiladas and margaritas, it made a good light-ish meal.
Now that we’re well into autumn, we’ve entered into my favorite patio season. It’s time to grab a jacket and relax under some string lights and encourage one another in the company of warm food and cold drink. I could talk about the food at TSL all day but their patio is the cherry on top for me. Tucked away just a stone’s throw from Overton Square, you can watch the hustle and bustle while the sunsets over our beautiful city.
Between Tequila Tuesday, all the delicious offerings, and an amazing patio, I am dubbing TSL: “Tuesday’s Date Night Destination.” Not to mention that it is very fairly priced and the service is wonderful. Using the TSL card from the deck of City Dining Cards takes $10 off your ticket of $30 or more (not including tax, tip or alcohol) making the bill go from fairly priced to “tell all your friends about it until they’re annoyed with you.”
Here’s a few ways you can find The Second Line: