The latest incarnation of Mama’s Boy and Peaches, debuts this week as Greer Fredericks opens Peaches Pub and Juke Joint in Norwalk. Located at 7 Wall Street, this newest venture combines Peach’s, a first floor restaurant, with an upstairs “juke joint.” Overseeing the kitchen is Paul Failla, who previously worked at Bar Sugo, The Whelk and Saltwater Grill. The vision is laid back, kick off your shoes environment that serves some good old fashioned southern cooking at reasonable prices.
The space is open and allows for both seating in couches, easy chairs, at tables or at the long bar. The upstairs offers more seating plus access to the water view terrace. The walls will be adorned with artwork from New Orleans’ artist Dr. Bob and features many of his works from the “be nice or leave” series.
The opening menu include appetizers such as Chicken Liver Spread on Ritz crackers, Country Fair Bacon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Uncle Leon’s Mussels with Jambalaya broth and Andouille sausage, Chicken-Fried Chicken livers and Dark and Stormy Ribs. Save room for Supper, which includes Panhandle Shrimp and Grits, a Bucket o’ Chicken for two, Sunburst Trout, a Big By Burger and “The Thigh High” buttermilk fried chicken. The menu will also include several salads.
Of course, specialty cocktails ($8-10) will be in high demand. Try an Okratini with Oola Aloo vodka, dirty okra juice and pickled okra, a Spiked Root Beer Float with hard root beer and vanilla ice cream, a little Bourbon Iced Tea, or a Petit Hurricane. A wide selection of draft beers (priced at $5-6) from New England Brewing Co. Sea Hag IPA, Allagash White Ale, Thimble Island Lager, Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest and SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale and bottles of beer (priced from $5 to $7) will be offered including Bud and Coors Light, Daura Euro Pale Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and the old reliable PBR.
The wine program will offer a “Vintner of the Season, with the first being Charles and Charles, a collaboration between Food & Wine Magazine 2009 Winemaker of the year, Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, BIELER Pere et Fils, Sombra mezcal).
Overall, Peaches Pub and Juke Joint should offer a lively crowd, southern inspired cuisine at reasonable prices and a fun time for all.