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When you're exploring a new town, you always want to experience something memorable. In that regard, Chef David Shannon's L'Opossum is an experience just by entering the space. It's been such a local favorite for the past few years Southern Living Magazine's readers recently named L'Opossum the best restaurant in the South.
As you stand on the corner of Pine and China, the restaurant appears to be a plain building in a residential neighborhood. Yet walking inside is like diving down the rabbit hole. Colored lights and plant arrangements hang from the ceiling, a hodgepodge of paintings and artwork hang on the walls. Even though the space is dim, you'll still find tables where slices of chocolate cake are literally on fire. And you'll find that the food is just as forward-thinking and creative as the restaurant's ambiance. Dishes catch your eyes with one glance at the menu, ranging from intriguing (fabergé eggs) to suggestive (Baby Got Coubliac). You'll see creative takes on all the classics, from foie gras with "persimmon pleasures" to beef wellington with truffled duxelle to macaroni and cheese truffle mornay cream.
Between the restaurant's creative takes on French cuisine, its dismissal at fine dining snootiness, and the bohemian atmosphere, L'Opossum is a great restaurant to try high quality food without worrying if you belong with the crowd. It's that inclusive, fun atmosphere that David Shannon wants to nurture at L'Opossum, which is partially motivated by his LGBTQ identity:
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