A slice of the South slid into the Gaslamp this week with the opening of Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar. The new Fourth Avenue restaurant is a fresh concept from owner Ron Suel of North Park’s StreetCar Merchants. StreetCar’s signature fried chicken is available here, along with a soul-affirming menu of authentic Southern favorites that ranges from po’ boys, seafood gumbo, chicken gizzards and collard greens with smoked ham hock to New Orleans barbecue shrimp and Memphis-style spaghetti topped with pulled pork. The brunch menu is also offered all day, which means bourbon pecan pancakes and fried chicken with waffles any time you like.
There’s a full bar, with a drink list that focuses on New Orleans classics, including daiquiris and hurricanes. The 130-seat space, where a sidewalk patio is pending, is currently open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. but will eventually extend its evening hours. A 3 to 6 p.m. weekday happy hour is also in the works.