Southern Comfort in Unexpected Places

In my latest Time Out column, while SF has long had established Southern greats like Brenda’s, there are some restaurants that at first glance may not look Southern but exhibit Southern soul from dish to drink.

— With a new chef, Tommy Halvorson, and a remodel, plus Nashville hot chicken and key lime pudding: Serpentine, Dogpatch

— Dr. Pepper-braised short ribs and buckets of fried chicken: The Front Porch, Bernal Heights/Outer Mission

— At the Castro gathering spot, the chef’s Oklahoma roots surprise in two bites that are menu standouts: Botellón, Castro

Serpentine’s short ribs over dirty rice with pickled okra and cauliflower

The Front Porch Gulf flounder

Botellon BBQ ribs