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Alabama NewsCenter — Variety of cuisine influences sets Daphne, Alabama’s, Southwood Kitchen apart

| January 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am

By Jennifer Kornegay
Alabama Living

Daphne sometimes takes a backseat to its flashier neighbor, Mobile, but while this quaint community is quieter, less big-city excitement doesn’t equal boring, especially when it comes to eating. If you know where to look, you’ll find Daphne’s dining scene is diverse and delicious.

Case in point: Southwood Kitchen. Don’t let its strip-mall location fool you. The exterior is styled with the welcoming look of a house. A large, carved wooden sign announces its name. And inside, there’s plenty of palate-pleasing action in an intimate atmosphere, thanks to owner and executive chef Jeremiah Matthews’ ability to blend his formal culinary training, interest in international foods and an appreciation for the flavors of his home.

Matthews moved to the area in 1983 and left to attend the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, then went to college in upstate New York before a stint cooking out West. Then, he came back to south Alabama. While he was the chef at lauded Magnolia Springs eatery Jesse’s, an opportunity to open his own restaurant popped up and was too good not to pursue. “I’d spent enough time working for others and felt like it was time to do it for myself,” Matthews says.

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