The Junction Review
Hip and artsy, The Junction is the quintessential River Arts District dinner spot. With exposed ducting and concrete floors, the main dining space has an industrial vibe, softened by original art on the walls. The noise level can be high, though there's quieter dining on the outdoor patio. Chefs in the open kitchen create locally sourced slow food dishes, often with a Southern twist, such as sweet tea–brined fried chicken on green tomato stew. The cocktail menu is innovative, involving unusual mixtures of premium liquors, herbs, and freshly squeezed juices. There's also an interesting small wine list and a good selection of microbeers, though the best value is draft PBR for $2. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday.