The last time we frequented Art and Soul it was during a blowout inauguration bash with big-name chefs and celebrities including Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson. But it still had that carpet (which wasn’t bad, but hey, chef-owner Art Smith didn’t love it). After closing for a month, the fresh-faced space is finally open again, with both new aesthetic features and menu items.
Design snobs will find touches such as herringbone wood floors, textured walls, and eclectic artwork that’s still in the final stages of installment. Ready now: chef Wes Morton’s touched-up lunch and dinner options. You’ll notice two new shareable menu sections: For the Table and Pots, which include a Southern dream of a snack board—deviled eggs, pimiento cheese, pickles, pork rinds—as well as seafood gumbo served for one or two and dunkable bacon cornbread cooked in a tin. Bar-goers can also test out new options, with fried pickled green tomatoes and Cajun boudin balls to snack on alongside bourbon. Naturally, classics like fried chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits remain.