The last time we wrote about The Social Club, we couldn’t sing its praises enough. The Southern restaurant inside the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel served up hearty classics that made us feel right at home. Since then, there’s been a big change in the kitchen: Chef Jeffrey Williams is now leading the charge.
As the new executive chef of The Social Club, Chef Williams has added his personal touch to many of the dishes while ensuring that guests continue to enjoy the same quality they know and love.
What we enjoy the most about The Social Club is that its fare is perfect for just about any social situation. Grabbing some drinks and bites with friends after work? Take advantage of “Social Plates” and Lite Bites like the Crab & Corn Fritters and Baby Iceberg Wedge that are conversation starters in themselves and designed for groups. The latter, in particular, really stood out with a lamb bacon that had us looking under every green for more — we couldn’t get enough.
The restaurant offers a 3 for $45 deal for Social Plates, and we suggest you opt for this special. Just make sure that the Charred Octopus is among your selections. Easily one of our favorite items of the night, Chef Williams’ take on octopus is masterfully charred and sits atop a black-eyed pea stew that’s to die for; it’s ridiculously tender and flavorful.
Individual entrees are even bigger — expect to have leftovers. The Social Fried Chicken is a perfect example with multiple pieces, braised greens and a cheddar biscuit that are sure to put you in a food coma. The same applies for the Braised Beef Short Rib with a smoked potato puree and mushroom-carrot ragu: You’ll need a nap after your meal. Needless to say, you definitely won’t leave hungry.
Desserts are more subdued, which makes sense considering the amount of delicious calories you’ve already consumed. The Fried Ricotta Doughnuts haven’t gone anywhere, and they’re as tasty as ever. Caramel Flan is also available for those who want something lighter. Don’t forget to wash everything down with a Social Club cocktail like the Last Word (gin, green chartreuse, lime juice); there are plenty to choose from. Again, that’s the beauty of The Social Club: No matter the situation or the appetite, there’s something for everyone.