It’s been a long time coming. In fact, most of Miami’s social set has been waiting patiently for a proper restaurant outpost of Jones’ kitchen to come to life. The Elite Lifestyle Founder’s penchant for serving up some southern comfort is well documented, and while hearing of her killer mac ‘n’ cheese from those who had been over for dinner is great word of mouth for the consultant cum chef, it’s about time we have the option to dine à la Amaris any time our hearts desire.
When did you decide to enter the culinary field, and what prompted you to become a restaurateur?
I have been cooking my entire life since the age of 8. I’ve always had a desire to open a restaurant. It was just time for me to manifest that desire.
What are the most important ingredients in creating a successful restaurant?
Service and consistency. If we master the service and commit to selling amazing food, we have a good chance at becoming successful.
Tell us about South Street. What are some of the best appetizers, entrees and desserts that we will find on the menu?
South Street is a neo- soul restaurant and lounge; comfort food at its best with great music. Some appetizers include Grilled Green Tomatoes, Shrimp and Grits and the Philly Soul Roll. Entrees include Free Range Fried Chicken, 32-ounce Cowboy Steaks, Cajun Snapper and more. We have amazing cakes, Banana Pudding, Caramelized Peaches and more for dessert.
What is your favorite drink?
I love the Sweet Orange Iced Tea (my great cousin Francis used to serve it to me as a little girl). Bar Lab has created some amazing signature cocktails. You just have to come visit and try them out!
What is your favorite pastime?
Cooking for friends in my home on Sundays and relaxing somewhere quiet on the beach.
Tell us about the décor at South Street.
Sexy, cool, comfy, jazzy and soulful.
When you’re not eating your own cuisine, where can we find you dining?
Gigi’s, Cooper Avenue or Zuma.
4000 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137