Southern Spice Restaurant offers sophisticated comfort food in downtown Hollywood • Hollywood Gazette


Natosha Gonzales channeled her love for her mother and home cooking into Southern Spice, a new restaurant located at 1920 Tyler St. in downtown Hollywood.

Gonzales’ devotion to the memory of his late mother Earla is seen in the menu at Southern Spice, which offers Southern-style dishes with a modern twist, what Gonzales calls “sophisticated comfort food.”

Southern Spice’s offerings are based on recipes from Gonzales’ mother and grandmother and have been reimagined by Chef Malcolm Prude, whose Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich has been recognized by the New York Post as one of the “Best Desserts in America”.

“My mother and grandmother are the ones who gave me the strength to do everything, to be the woman I am and to be where I am today,” said Gonzales, who took her retired two years ago as captain of the Miami-Dade Fire. Rescue service.

“I was looking for a company, to produce something in Hollywood,” added Gonzales, who also lives in the historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district. “My mother was an excellent cook. Opening my own restaurant is something I have thought about for years.

With Southern Spice, Gonzales has created a cozy ambience that “feels right at home”, right down to the photograph of his mother and grandmother which is proudly on display.

The dinner menu includes sweet potato fritters and fried bologna sandwich “small bites” ($ 7 to $ 10); fried pickles, crispy Brussels sprouts and macaroni and short-rib cheese appetizers ($ 7 to $ 12); cauliflower gremolata and sweet corn waffles ($ 3 to $ 8); and chicken and waffles, shrimp and oatmeal, and braised oxtail risotto, among other entrees ($ 15 to $ 25). Desserts ($ 8) are strawberry crumble, white chocolate blueberry bread pudding and red velvet macaroon ice cream sandwich with cream cheese ice cream and dark chocolate ganache .

Gonzales partners with other small local businesses that provide products such as fresh produce, coffee, tea, bottled water, and craft beers.

“Everything is fresh,” she said. “We use quality ingredients, no chemicals. We make our own pickles, rolls and ice cream.

A native of Brooklyn who has visited 48 countries and every continent except Antarctica, Gonzales can’t think of any other place she would prefer to live.

“It’s just the atmosphere. Downtown Hollywood has a family feel, ”she said. “We can be relaxed and walk anywhere. We have so many local businesses that are here.

Southern Spice is currently open 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. After its official opening on October 6, the 49-seat restaurant will begin accepting reservations online or by phone, and the menu and opening hours will extend to lunch and weekend brunch from 11:30 a.m. raffles and $ 20 of small bites at will from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 954-674-2919 or visit


Freeda S. Scott

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