It's great to keep things local, but it's often better to keep things loco, ese. Deciding it's going with the first one, Sprig Restaurant & Bar
Run by two alums of Indigo Girl-owned resto Watershed, Sprig's a neutral-toned/decked, 140-seat meal sanctum with a zinc-topped bar, barn wood flourishes, and a garage door leading to the patio, serving a traditionally prepared menu of southern snacks, small plates, and entrees made from local ingredients that're "strong enough to stand alone" -- so...they're all cheese? Snack starters range from sweet potato chips to boiled peanuts & fried pickles, while small plates include duck sausage risotto, raised short ribs w/ green lentils, bacon & roasted tomato, and saffron mayo-topped shrimp sliders, also a sci-fi show in which Jerry O'Connell is played by Warwick Davis in an attempt to make it even more popular with nerds. Heavier dining includes pan-seared chicken w/ ham pudding, mint-gravied lamb shoulder, port prunes-/cabbage-accompanied Iron Skillet duck breast, and sweet potato-crusted black bass w/ sautéed brocollini & sorghum, which has obviously been lying about flossing every day, and is now flirting with the gum disease GINGIVITIS
They've selected 200 bottles of wine, American craft beers, and rosemary-sprig-garnished cocktails. Follow/accompany those with sweets like the Bourbon-pecan tart (chocolate & molasses ice cream), or sweet potato pot de créme, layered with candied pecans and ladyfingers -- things that would be liable to drive you loco, if said loconess weren't safely confined to your membrane.
Photos by Kristen Alexander