SouthBound, the highly anticipated new SoCal-inpsired taco joint from Jimmie Johnson and the team behind Mac’s Speed Shop, opens today.
Bartender Larry Suggs joins the SouthBound team following a stint at The Punch Room at the Ritz-Carlton.
It’s a major change of pace moving from the refined, formal experience of the Ritz to a casual taco bar that begs for no-fuss beachy cocktails. And Suggs translates the theme effortlessly with an approachable menu featuring sangria and margaritas on tap, Mexican lagers, Tequila flights and gorgeous made-to-order cocktails in the $5-$15 range.
He’s also making his own triple sec and citrus salt in house and doing tons of fresh squeezed juices.
Here are some highlights…
SouthBound ‘Rita ($8)
The house margarita is served on tap and features Suggs’ own triple sec (made with leftover rinds from the juicer) and citrus salt.
El Bandtio ($12)
A refreshing (and visually pleasing) smokey pineapple cocktail made with Vida Mezcal, Jarritos pineapple soda and fresh lemon and orange.
Cerveza en Bolsa ($5)
A can of Tecate or Tecate Light served in a brown paper bag with a shot of sangrita (a non-alcoholic palate cleanser) and a salted lime. It’s a hands-on drinking experience — sip the beer and then pour in the sangrita to create a bubbling foam effect.
32oz Mexican Beers ($7-$10 each)
Carta Blanca, Corona Familiar and Tecate are available in hefty 32-ounce bottles, which can be ordered together for the table as the “Three Amigos” and delivered in a bucket of ice like a fancy champagne presentation except not at all.
Agave Flights ($18-$24)
Three options — Especial, Primero or Mezcal — all served with three sample shots.
I personally couldn’t be more excited for this addition to Charlotte’s social scene so I’ll most certainly see you there.