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Southern Fresh Restaurant Set To Open Today

The Third Avenue North restaurant specializes in fresh, authentic Southern food.

Southern Fresh, a new restaurant featuring fresh Southern cuisine, is opening today following three months of construction and preparation.

The eatery, located on Third Avenue North in the downtown district, will serve "Southern inspired food with a fresh twist," according to owner and longtime Safety Harbor resident Aaron Stewart.

"I've been in the restaurant business for many years, been a general manager for a long time, and I got tired of all the corporate stuff," Stewart said.

"I wanted my first business to be a nice local, hometown restaurant ... and when this space became available, I knew it would be the perfect place."

In addition to staples like fried chicken and roasted pork, Southern Fresh will also feature fresh, homemade Southern-inspired sides, health conscious salads and also offer beer and wine.

With a large wraparound patio outside, Stewart hopes to begin featuring live music in the near future; he plans on having a grand opening in a couple weeks once the launch phase is complete.

"It's been three months, but it feels like a year," he said. "I'm just excited and nervous to get started."

Southern Fresh

Address: 122 3rd Ave. N.

Phone: 727-216-6341 

Joe Gorecki September 05, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Its a great location. Happy somebody is opening up a new restaurant there.
Jeffrey Rosenfield September 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
You're right, Joe - it IS a great location. I love the patio deck. It looks like it will be a fun spot to dine, hang out and enjoy the surroundings.
ryan bungert September 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Good Luck with the opening Aaron! I'll be talking the place up at Nortons. It's going to be amazing.
Valerie Nolte September 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Stopped by for lunch before I realized you are open from 5-10. I'll be by later to check out your fried chicken!
Mike September 06, 2012 at 02:25 AM
They are open for lunch at 11 am
Valerie Nolte September 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Take my advice and get here before everyone finds out how awesome their fried chicken is! I stopped by this evening to check out their menu, thinking this might be someplace I could go on the nights I don't feel like cooking and don't want to go to a formal, sit down restaurant. I tried their fried chicken, along with the collards and green beans. I was pleased to see the healthy sides on the menu, thinking that I could stomach the vegetables so I wouldn't feel guilty eating the chicken. Wow! Both of the vegetables were cooked just right with just the right amount of seasoning. I ended up eating them before I even touched the chicken, all the time wondering how they got a hold of my mom's recipes. Oh, and don't tell my mother, but I think they stole her fried chicken recipe and made it even better! The skin was crispy and the chicken was moist and tender. In a word, it was Perfect! I can't wait to go back and try some of their other menu options. Welcome to the Harbor guys and thanks for bringing mom's recipes with you!
Jeffrey Rosenfield September 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Thanks for the awesome review Valerie! Makes we want to check them out even more now!
Astewart0131@gmail.com September 06, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind words. We will always work hard to bring you the freshest, best tasting food around. And thank you Jeffrey for the great article. I will be spreading the word about Patch for sure.
Jeffrey Rosenfield September 06, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Thank YOU Aaron for bringing another wonderful eatery to downtown. I can't wait to come in and do a full story on you and your new place that's becoming the talk of the town!
Wendy Gilmore September 08, 2012 at 04:37 PM
My husband was just saying that he didn't know anywhere in the area to get good fried chicken. I will be sending him this article! Can't wait to try it!
Jeffrey Rosenfield September 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM
He's right Wendy, it is touch to find real good fried chicken anymore. From what we've been hearing, this is the place to find it!
Maryanne Wheelwright September 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Perfect dinner!
laura anderson October 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
We are heading over now so glad a new restaurant is downtown!
Jeffrey Rosenfield October 18, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Let us know what you think of it!
Anna Van Vulpen November 15, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Do you have a website so we can look at your menu?
Martha MacReynolds December 09, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Excellent fried chicken and the greens were a meal in themselves.
Gisela Bennie December 31, 2012 at 02:18 AM
My southern friend says the pan-fried chicken is a good as his mother's. That's a compliment! I love the roasted vegies and the greens - and Jamie's cheerful help.
Jeffrey Rosenfield December 31, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I've heard nothing but excellent things about the food here, Gisela, and Aaron and his staff are terrific as well. It's definitely on my list of places to dine in 2013 - early in the year!

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