This hip restaurant began its life in 1986 in a homey frame house with plum-color awnings shading the front porch. The namesake awnings are still around, but the dining room has been expanded to make it a more contemporary space. An oyster bar that looks out to Bay Street, Plums still uses old family recipes for its soups, crab-cake sandwiches, and curried chicken salad. At lunch you can chow down on inventive burgers, po'boys, and wraps. Dinner is more sophisticated with
creative pairings and artistic presentations, particularly with the pasta and seafood dishes. There's live music Tuesday through Saturday evening.