Creative Southern fare served in a funky-chic space with down-home touches & occasional live music.
Recently, I made a dietary lifestyle change to not eat chicken, pork, beef, eggs, and dairy. So I guess i’m semi-vegan. Even with my dietary changes I can still enjoy southern food, my fave! Do you know how hard it is to find a good southern restaurant?? Most of my family can cook an entire southern style meal but sometimes you just want to go out and buy it cause “ain’t nobody got time for that”.
I’ve wanted to try Mulebone when it used to be called Eatonville. Browsing through the website I found out that they are a part of the Bus Boys and Poets Tribe, so I am not sure if Bus Boys bought out Eatonville and then changed the name.
The 14th St. location is attractive from the street because of the outdoor patio, greenery, and patio lights. When you go inside the restaurant the walls are painted with vibrant bold colors and writing that gives a description about a historic person or poem. The decor is rustic with wooden tables and unique hanging lights. I felt like the theme could be creole based.
We had a group of 8 people and thankfully it wasn’t too busy so we sat down at our table immediately. It was nice seeing my Aunt Sheila and cousin Kelli with her newest addition to her family, baby Carli (heart eyes) and her son Mais Face. My parents and sister were also there (my family takes eating out seriously). It’s always nice to gather around the table.
For appetizers we ordered fried green tomatoes (which I’ve never had before), catfish sticks (they don’t have a kids menu so this is the closest thing to chicken tenders but they have fries too), and crab and corn chowder. The fried green tomatoes were fantastic!! The fried crust is similar in taste to mozzarella sticks and the green tomato doesn’t have the same taste as a red tomato but is still very good. The crab and corn chowder was packed with so much flavor that I did a little dance when I ate it. Definitely, one of the best things I ate during the entire meal.
For the entree I ordered the pan-seared trout with rice hoppin’ john, roasted tomatoes, and butter sauce (so not vegan). This dish was cooked perfectly and each piece of food had it’s own distinctive taste. The Trout had a crunchy flaky crust that paired well with the rice and butter sauce. The tomatoes were warm and juicy but had a taste like they were smoked in bacon.
The rest of the family ordered the shrimp and grits, oyster salad and the Mulebone burger. There were no complaints and everyone enjoyed their meal (yay!).
The service was fast and great! Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and checked on us just the right number of times.
There are not many southern food restaurants that are WORTH trying but Mulebone is. Check them out!!
Until next time,