Walking into Sissy’s feels like coming home — or at least that’s Lisa Garza’s hope for customers. “I want you to come here and feel loved and taken care of,” Garza says. The Memphis-born chef and owner, who grew up watching Julia Child and cooking for her family, is creating a culture through finely crafted, homey details like delicate dishware and in-house canning, which the restaurant plans to start this fall. The restaurant, which opened in late February, may have initially been most famous for its fried chicken, but Sissy’s also showcases its healthy dishes. “Southern food has become this stereotype that it’s not,” says Garza, who wants her restaurant to resonate with Southerners and be a “true reflection of the beauty of the South.” Sissy’s, at heart, is a family restaurant born after the death of Garza’s brother — her “bubba,” the male equivalent of “sissy.” After experience working in high-end cuisine, including a stint as the cook for the Dallas Superbowl’s VIP tent, Garza realized that what people often liked most was simple food. “It clicked for me. It doesn’t have to be so pretentious and really, when you get to that level, it’s not fun anymore,” Garza says. If you can’t decide what to order from Sissy’s menu, Garza says you can’t go wrong with chicken and champagne.
Price range: $14-$24
Tip: The new lunch menu features fresh dishes and old favorites.
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