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The Scoop: New restaurant The Choice is something special by Lillian

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013



The boutique clothing and accessories shop Something Special by Lillian was in operation for more than 20 years. Owner Lillian Cooper closed her Central West End shop two years ago, but she hopes her new venture into the world of food service will be, likewise, something special.

The Choice opened two weeks ago at 3265 S. Jefferson Ave., at the intersection of Utah Avenue. The restaurant specializes in home-style cooking and is a reflection of Cooper’s upbringing in Augusta, Ga. The Choice offers a cafeteria-style buffet, plus a separate a la carte menu with table service in its bar and lounge area. Among the 20-item buffet, diners will find fixin’s like fried chicken, pork roast, ribs, baked and fried fish, and Southern staple sides like lima beans, yams and cooked bitter greens. (The Scoop gives a nod to its breaded eggplant.) The buffet is priced at $11 (including a drink but not dessert) and is also available for carry-out. The a la carte menu features a selection of entrees – Southern inspired dishes as well as standard bar and grill fare – plus sandwiches and sides.

Viewed from the outside, The Choice doesn’t stand out from the other century-old brick buildings in Benton Park West. However, walk upstairs to the bar and lounge and discover a gorgeous wooden bar, antique lamps, ornate oversized mirrors and gilded fixtures that should make The Choice a comfortable place to take a seat when that grand piano gets put to use for live (vocal) jazz and blues on weekends.

The Choice is open daily for lunch and dinner, except Mondays. A website and Facebook page are under construction.

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