Rex 1516

The West of Broad side of South Street is recently replete with tons of restaurants. Sit-down, takeout, PIE, it’s all quite the transformation. One of these newer spots is adorable Rex 1516. It’s so cute and moody, and rather romantic looking. It’s southern-inspired cuisine, and there are plenty of homecooked style dishes on the menu.
I’m a sucker for mac n cheese, so of course I had to get it! Rex’s version contains gruyere, fontina, swiss, roasted tomatoes, and is topped with crispy ham. It’s not an ooey gooey type of mac n cheese, which isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes I find those types too rich. It’s just cheesy enough, and the ham was a nice surprise.
We continued with a couple of more small plates, including the Crawfish Pot-Pie and the soup of the day. The pot-pie contained a 3 cheese spicy crawfish etouffee in a golden pie crust. The soup was a potato-based mushroom soup, which had a little kick. We were afraid that it would have too much of a mushroom taste, but it was actually pretty potato-heavy and yummy.
Lastly we shared the Moules Frites – a big plate of PEI mussels, sweet potato fries, bacon, roasted tomatoes, and thyme, in a Dijon-porter broth. This was a great way to end the meal, as the small plates had certainly got us started, but we didn’t need our own entrees. As a fan of sweet potato fries, in general, I’m happy to report that these are some of the best in the city! The mussels and the broth worked really well together, and we both enjoyed these immensely. We had a great time here, and the service was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is low-lit and romantic and they play excellent music!
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