Southern Accent

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: November 2015
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Dig into some of the best down-home drink and grub deals this side of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Salty Sow
4801 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix
602-795-9463, saltysow.com
This head-to-tail eatery founded by Roaring Fork owners Guy Villavaso and Larry Foles dishes up gourmet versions of fried chicken and mac and cheese with a side of Southern charm. Rustic wood-slat ceilings and butcher block tables are elevated by modern touches like whitewashed bricks, tooled aluminum bar accents and funky oinker artwork. Select noshes cost just $5 each at happy hour; house favorites include crispy Brussels sprout leaves, honey-rosemary buttermilk chicken and truffled deviled eggs with bacon. Experience the kindness of strangers at the high-top community table while scoring $2 off already reasonably priced specialty cocktails, well drinks and wine. Try a bubbly pink Miss Piggy ($6) with spiced eggplant frites or pair the “Blanche” blood orange margarita ($7) with pork belly tacos for a South-of-the-border bite. 4-6:30 p.m. daily.

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Baby Kay’s Cajun Kitchen
2051 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa
480-800-4811, babykayscajunkitchen.com
From andouille to zydeco, Baby Kay’s has been serving Phoenicians a slice of New Orleans style since 1989. The recently relocated restaurant is simple and sweet, with a cheerful red color palette and cozy corner for visiting jazz musicians to do their swing. Happy hour starts with $2.50 domestics and $3.50 bottles, $4 glasses of house wine and $5 well martinis. Gumbo cups range from $3.50 (chicken) to $5.50 (seafood), and signature cocktails including classic hurricanes and the Georgia Peach with vodka and schnapps are just $5.50. Sample andouille sliders ($5) with a Cajun Bloody ($5.50) or let the good times roll with Dixie Brewing Co. lager and shrimp remoulade ($7). The parade of flavor continues with several varieties of hot and sweet wings ($6 each) and delectable crawfish étouffée ($8) that does original owner and Louisiana transplant “Baby” Kay Marie Sonnier Romero proud. 3-6 p.m. M-F, 2-5 p.m. Sa

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Southern Rail
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
602-200-0085, southernrailaz.com
Chef Justin Beckett’s trendy Downtown nosh pit is the last place you’d expect to find gator bites or Mardi Gras beads. Part of The Newton adaptive reuse project – formerly Beef Eaters restaurant – Southern Rail combines the elegance of chandeliers and flower vases with rustic farmhouse elements and vintage half-round booths from the building’s original tenant. The bayou vibe is strong in Beckett’s “social hour” menu, where such Southern staples as fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese ($4.50) and gumbo ($3) nestle alongside a quartet of modern salads. Filling fried okra ($3) and red beans and rice ($3.50) play nicely with $4 Four Peaks Hop Knot and Mother Road Kölsch, while the citrusy cola reduction of the BLT salad is a natural companion for $6 hard lemonade cocktails that’ll knock you on your Creole caboose. 3-6 p.m. daily.

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