AnnMarie Marlow | Clarion

Redford’s Tavern may have set the stage for many a fun weekend night and perhaps, a few questionable decisions, but it’s newest replacement, Four Friends Kitchen, won’t have you missing it for long. The Southern eatery has been open for less than a month and already it’s established itself as one of the hottest breakfast spots in the area.

Dissatisfied with the absence of local places to have a quality brunch, four next-door neighbors teamed up and opened a place of their own. Serving up scratch-made dishes inspired by co-owner and general manager Genefer Thornton’s Georgia roots, Four Friends Kitchen is a home away from home. 

Regardless of how familiar you are with Southern cuisine, the restaurant offers a soulful menu of both modernized and old-school classics. For an appetizer, we began with an order of the fried green tomatoes which along with being a heart-breaking film about female friendship is one of the best fried vegetable dishes out there. It was served with a jalapeno buttermilk aioli and a side of pickled vegetables.

Next, we ordered the Berries and Cream French Toast which comes drizzled with créme anglaise and triple berry preserves. For those who prefer something savory in the morning, the University Breakfast Sandwich is a delicious and filling option, served on housemade potato bread with cheese, two fried eggs and maple smoked bacon.

Although breakfast is served all day, they also offer a selection of tempting lunch specialties like the Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles or the DU Veggie Sandwich.

Four Friends Kitchen is dedicated to serving prime, locally sourced ingredients which leads to comfort classics that are indulgent without leaving you considering the need to start a juice cleanse. The care and diligence that goes into the preparation of each dish shines through in the taste as well as the presentation.

With an eclectic and colorful interior complete with whimsical star-shaped light fixtures and a wall of etch-a-sketches, the owners transformed the limited amount of space into a contemporary, playful environment. On days when the weather permits, the garage like walls at the front of the restaurant are rolled up, opening the room and allowing customers to be served at the outdoor bar.

Considering the large portion sizes, the prices are very reasonable- an average meal running you about $10-15. As the brunch spot has already achieved local stardom, there is often wait on the weekends, so it’s best to show earlier than later in the day. If not, the meal will always be worth the wait. With a fresh, affordable menu, a friendly staff and a lively atmosphere, Four Friends Kitchen was a much needed addition to the University neighborhood.

Four Friends Kitchen accepts flex and is open everyday from 7:00 to 2:30 pm and are located at 2070 S University Blvd.