Southern Exposure, a restaurant merging southern style comfort food with Caribbean touches, opened Saturday in Tacomas Sixth Avenue neighborhood. The restaurant is adjacent to Marrow Kitchen Bar in a space most recently occupied by Its 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 husbands Puerto Rican heritage. The sisters grew up in North Carolina and have designed a menu offering that states 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.