I've been stalking the South Main Market
for weeks now. But every time I went by it wasn't quite open. Earlier this week, a man standing outside the building at 409 S. Main invited me in.
Today, Donahue and I finally stopped by for lunch. It's a very pretty space, if anything else. In fact, a couple was there scouting the space for their wedding.
As for the eating ... a handful of places are open: Civil Pour, a bar from the Silly Goose guy; downtown versions of Java Cabana and City East Bagel; and a trio of spots helmed by Cole Jeanes: Magnolia, Kinfolk, and Coco.
Magnolia is an Asian-inspired eatery with dumplings, kimchi and shrimp and scallop toast. Kinfolk is down-home style serving biscuits all day; Coco is vegetarian with salads, yogurts, and juices.
Be warned, y'all: prices are steep here. A grilled cheese and water from City East set me back about $12. The salads at Coco start at $10.
Donahue ordered the fried chicken biscuit from Kinfolk. It was caveman-sized. So big, in fact, I could not get the image to load. Try as he might and as tasty as it was, he could not finish it.
I got the grilled cheese from City East, which was perfectly done. I don't know, I thought it was going to come on a bagel??? It came with chips. I really liked it.
Donahue also got some coffee from Java Cavana in a mug that matched his jacket.
Y'all go check South Main Market out and let me know what you think.