Walk up to the entrance leading to Miss Peaches and you’re met with a wild splash of colour. A winding staircase through a side entrance of the pub downstairs takes you to the home of southern soul food. Right in the heart of Newtown.
As you come up the stairs, you can smell the delightful aromas wafting from the kitchen which is directly at the front of the house. Just the thing to whet your appetite!
You then get a feel for the personality of Miss Peaches. The wall art is difficult to miss. It’s intermittently spread around the room and gives the place a very Louisiana vibe.
The entire restaurant is a large warehouse style room with the bar along one wall and a large amount of seating (tables, booths and bar tables) with sufficient space in between to afford some privacy.
For those who like to eat and drink alfresco, there is a fantastic outdoor seating area. Perfect for those balmy nights, with cocktail in hand.
Now did someone say cocktail!?! The skilful team of bartenders have got you covered on that front! Mocktails (a melon-ade on the right) for the designated drivers, and delicious, mouth watering cocktails for those of us who like to partake! (Mississippi Sour on the left, Laird’s Applejack, Honey & Ginger, Sweet Vermouth, Lemon Peychaud’s Bitters – with candied ginger on top!)
Our feast began with a fried Pacific oyster and house smoked duck po’ boy (with Louisiana remoulade on a 6 inch potato bun). Well now. That’s a combination that we really didn’t think would work. But it does. A light crunchy batter, the creamy moist oyster centre and then the thin slices of duck breast, that had a light smokiness to it, without being over powering. This came with a mountain (literally!) of crunchy shoestring fries.
We then tucked into a plate of good ol’ fashioned buttermilk southern fried chicken. Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Just the way fried chicken should be! Came with a delicious mac n cheese that had a nice level of cheesiness with a crunchy breadcrumb layer, braised kale and gravy. Oh, so good!
And what’s soul food without a serving of brisket! Archie rose white rye and honey brined brisket with soft rolls, pickles and red eye gravy. Tender slices of brisket that have the requisite layer of juicy fat, a smoke ring around the perimeter and soft soft soft rolls to mop up the gravy.
Special mention must go to the sides which were some of the best we’ve had. Tater tots – because excessive carbs is a must in any good southern feast. Stone ground grits (white corn cooked slowly for a long time and then folded through with butter and cheese) – creamy cheesy goodness! And the winner, slow cooked okra and tomato with creole spices. Seriously fantastic sides.
As we slowly slid into a food coma, we watched as a local band started to set up on the mini stage. Live music every Thursdays and Sundays. Well hello. Thursdays and Sundays just got a whole lot more interesting!
Sydney is in short supply of good hearty soul food. As frequent travellers to the US, we’ve had our fair share of southern food. And our night at Miss Peaches was a memorable one with delicious hearty food, good old southern hospitality and some mighty fine drinks in abundance.
201 Missenden Road,
Newtown, NSW 2042
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys