Now open: Southern Exposure on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue

Staff writerMay 5, 2014 

Southern Exposure, a restaurant merging southern style comfort food with Caribbean touches, opened Saturday in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood. The restaurant is adjacent to Marrow Kitchen Bar in a space most recently occupied by It’s Amore/Pastiche, which closed in May 2013.

Southern Exposure is the venture of two sisters – Gloria Gentry and Angela Hernandez. The sisters previously dabbled in starting a catering company (it never fully materialized), but this is their first restaurant.

Hernandez described the menu as a blend of casual southern comfort eating merged with her husband’s Puerto Rican heritage. The sisters grew up in North Carolina and have designed a menu offering that state’s most famous dish – pulled pork sandwiches topped with slaw.

Sixth Avenue already is home to Southern cooking – Southern Kitchen has operated near that oddly shaped intersection at Sixth and Sprague avenues for two decades.

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