Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar

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Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our server who was also working as the bartender was phenomenal! However, I went to the ladies room and advised them that it really needed attention and not one of the women the server asked to take care of it went in there. We were seated right by it and could see if a worker was going in. Also, one of the other servers, a lady with twists walked by and I asked for a plate, as I didn’t have anything to eat off of. She Brough me a saucer. What since does that make to bring me a saucer when my husband had a plate for his meal and mine can all on saucers. I love Suckerfree and brought a family of 13 there a little over a month ago. I can honestly say this visit was less than stellar. The food wasn’t as good either. Sad thing is we drive here from Orange County.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal, vibe and ambiance really good! They should update website about parking and brunch times though. Menu is nice and food tasty!

EL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have some awesome dishes. I was truly amazed by the service. Everything was delicious. Can’t wait to visit when I come back to San Diego.

SJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was DELICIOUS. The fried chicken was out of this work and the biscuits were perfect in texture and taste. The bartender also offered up some unbelievably refreshing cocktails. The breakfast menu was a a delight I would recommend trying it out.

AJ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I had a 1:00pm reservation for 4 people. The staff was scrambling around like they were under staffed. It was 10 minutes before we were even acknowledged. Waited in line for 30 minutes even with a reservation and I was on time. Food was over priced and the Shrimp po'boy was messy and not good had to order fries on the side. Never again will I dine here or recommend this place !

TW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Good southern food. Definitely love the Saints games. With they gave military discount however I still love the place and will be back soon!

BM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Parking is challenging, but worth it! Their fried chicken was crispy , flavorful, and moist. The flight of Mac n cheese was tasty. The cheese grits etouffee was a little runny. Our server was not very knowledgeable about the menu, but after another veteran server came over , all was well.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and chill as hell environment!!!

P
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

This was not my first time at Suckerfree but some friends wanted to try so I went with it. However, as always this place is not worth it at all. Anything that is fried tastes like cornmeal with no seasoning or anything. And the cornmeal batter is so thick you can hardly tell what you are biting into. And this particular night the service was horrible. We waited for about 15 mins before asking the host to take our drink order. Once the waiter did come over he explained that they were in the middle of a shift break but still unacceptable. Once the full staff did show up the food still took forever to come out (approx 20 min). I am sorry but I have given this place 3 chances and it has always been bad. I’m sorry but that was my last time trying.

a
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We recently had dinner at Suckerfree; our first and last time. The decor is plain and stark with all black and white photos; needs some colors! The music is entirely too loud. Our server, Basil was great; very friendly, kind and accommodating and all the other employees we encountered were friendly. The bartenders moved around very slowly and took too long to put out drinks. We also observed a female employee on her cell phone and eating at the bar the entire time we were there.
But the food...... my husband had the fried chicken, yams and cornbread. The chicken had a very thick, crunchy batter but the meat was not very juicy. The yams were not very flavorful and the cornbread was just ok. I had the brisket melt. It was way too big to eat as a sandwich so I discarded the top piece of Texas toast and ate the components separately. I asked for some ranch dressing and ate the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer, which was great. The spicy pickles, melted cheese and brisket were tasty but the brisket had a lot of fat which I tried to pick out. The bottom layer of hash browns were crispy and a bit greasy. The whole thing needed some kind of sauce.
We got the peach cobbler for dessert, which was really peach bread pudding with canned peaches, but it was the best thing we had and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
What, no salads on the menu?? They don't eat salad in the south?

T
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a veteran from Georgia and I was amazed at how authentic this food tasted. I will definitely return for more.

TC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, and customer service. Modern chic soulful decor. Thanks for making my Fifty bday celebration fun. Sadie the server was wonderful !!!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere and ambience are good. Eating outside is weird, especially with the transients. Service was a little lack luster. The food... SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. AMAZING!!!!

AJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It was a very slow evening in the restaurant, so the servers were very attentive. The music was great, and the place is clean. The food wasn't quite up to par for me. The macaroni & cheese was bland, the greens were not very flavorful, and the cornbread was dry. I won't go to this restaurant again.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

My food order was placed wrong by the server. And although she placed the correct order immediately, I still did not get my food until after everyone at my large table was finished with their meal . My order was complimentary, and overall the po’ boy was good . The fries were obviously from my first order because they were lukewarm at best. For the most part everyone like the food. But the service was terrible as there was not more than 5 tables occupied while we were there.

Although the server was nice and friendly, she was not very attentive. It also would have been nice for a manager to come to the table to apologized for my food coming out an hour after I ordered. She also walked out of the establishment, after we gave her out payment, and walked back with a friend from outside before returning with our bills, credit cards, and change.

Would probably have been a better experience if they had a manager managing staff on site.

KJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was our first time going and with my girlfriend being very familiar with preparing most of these dishes I felt we’d not cook and try it. Straight up the food was on point especially the Okra and the greens. The Mac and Cheese was very delicious. With our first selections of the gizzards and the crab cakes we were informed “let me check to see if we have any left.. both items? Then our server said they were being removed from the menu.
To be honest the next review is of our server - both my girl and I are in the food service industry and we were both like “he had to check to see if these items were a go no-go? We also realize that when you are seated and the server comes to greet they bring salt/pepper/hot sauce.. we got squat! Had to ask ... our server found his time better spent outside on the sidewalk with the hostess!.. our bus person was on point with tea refills and long after we were done my girl finally had to ask another server for to-go containers and the check... which she did.. she received the $15 dollar tip and our server got $5
My girl is convinced that it’s because she is black and I am white and it was a slight to her!.. I sincerely hope not.. she said we will go back and see for sure

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really good. The portions are huge and you can share sides with someone. The fried chicken was some of the best I’ve had and the mac and cheese was delicious.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservations was made but restaurant was not open.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place!!! Great food!!

TM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. Delicious food, good tap list and friendly service.

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. My family will definitely be back again.

WW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy Suckerfree. However, please turn the music volume down!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SuckerFree will be a go to spot for me, my family and I would recommend it to friends visiting GasLamp every time. I appreciate the food, namely the fried chicken. Other sides including butter beans, macaroni, and baked yams are also legit. Best part is drinks: Hurricane, Blacker the Berry and Henny-Colada (which will soon be Remy Colada) are my personal favorites. Good menu with many options I still want to try. I probably under play what is the best part of SuckerFree, the music and ambiance. 90s hip hop with plenty of similar hip hop culture decoration throughout the restaurant. Always a energetic but easy going vibe and service. Good for bar seating and they are also able to handle large groups.

TT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods always great and service was amazing. I enjoyed it very much and will return soon.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good soul food. Good service this visit.

S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed my experience at Suckerfree. I'm a southern born and bred transplant to San Diego from Jackson, Ms. and New Orleans, La. and appreciate it when I find the culinary vestiges of the south way out here on the west coast. That being said, the menu was well done and covered many aspects of southern cuisine. The staff was wonderful, very attentive and had a great attitude, (playful, yet helpful and knowledgeable about the menu). We had the mac and cheese flight and fried green tomatoes to start. The mac and cheese though tasty was basic with an "ok" sauce, mixed in with pasta but with very flavorful toppings (bbq pulled pork, bacon and ranch, and crab). The fried green tomatoes, though tasty were over breaded, which brings me to the entrees. Pork chops for her and fried catfish for me. From what she told me the pork chops were excellent, and from me so was the catfish but with the same issue as was present with the green tomatoes. It was way over breaded. Don't get me wrong, the breading was tasty and the fish was well cooked and of good quality but there was too much breading. In the end, I think these guys have a good thing here and I'll be back. I'm sure they will only get better and I plan to be around for it.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was not good, the Mac and cheese flight had an odd and fishy crab one that was way over powering, and the shrimp and grits were overwhelmingly fishy

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Server was great. Unsure when we walked in because there was no one in there, but food was great!

CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Hush puppies and mac and cheese were excellent. Pork on sandwich was very dry. Collard greens need seasoning. The cost of the single waffle was too much.

WF
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding!! Our group had the shrimp and grits, fried chicken, Fried catfish, and chicken tenders, and they were fantastic! We were seated outside and it was a great time.

RG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best soul food I've had in a long time. I chose the Catfish, a dish my mother did so well, and which I haven't enjoyed since I was young. The dish at Suckerfree was exceptional! The crust was so crispy, thick, and delicious. The fish underneath was tender and succulent. I loved it! The french fries that came with the fish were just as good. They make the soft version, but with all the seasoning and taste of those popular fast food fries. And the pan fried cornbread was fabulous! I usually like a sweet cornbread, as that's the way I've made it for years. This cornbread wasn't sweet, but hearty, and full of great corn taste. The servings are so large I took home a whole second meal. I'm very much looking forward to digging in again.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience!! Great staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

b
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I found the place to be nice and clean, service was fine. The food we did order was pretty good, what was disappointing was that they were out of the many of the items we wanted order. The drinks we had were inconsistent, when we ordered the second round of the same drink it was totally different.

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food. Always makes us come back for more. Just wish the wait staff was a little quicker with the service

D
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service slow but friendly. Juicy fresh chicken but way too salty for me. Also 1/2 the chicken was in the fryer a bit too long resulting in an uncomfortably hard crust. But overall I’d recommend if lots of salt doesn’t bother you.

KJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The only thing is the music is too loud. It need to be turned down so customers can talk over the table

S
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a great time there for Sunday lunch! The food was great 👍 The service was slow though. Maybe it was our server. He had a great personality but we had to ask a few times for some items. Overall, a good time and would definitely go again soon!

MH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

This was my second visit. The service was lacking the first time, but I thought perhaps because we were seated outside and it was an off peak time of day. This time, there were six of us and we were seated inside. Our total bill was $250 before tip. The service was extremely slow to the point where several minutes after runners delivered our appetizers, I had to track down our waiter to get plates and silverware. There were very few check-ins to see if we needed anything and quite honestly, I did not want to interrupt all of the personal conversations the staff was having. I will likely find another option next time. Spending $50 per person after tip for nothing special is not desirable.