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Illegal Food Is Definitely Opening a New Restaurant in Cabbagetown

Mouth of the South will open this spring on Carroll Street

Illegal Food’s Mouth of the South will be located in Cabbagetown
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Illegal Food’s chef Steven Lingenfelter and his wife and partner Laurie Dominguez teased followers with a Facebook post about their impending Cabbagetown restaurant on Wednesday. On Thursday, the couple behind the Hank burger made it official.

Lingenfelter and Dominguez will open Mouth of the South in the old Cabbage Pie space at 186 Carroll Street in Cabbagetown this spring. Renovations are already underway.

“We are pleased to announce that the creative team behind Illegal Food has created a partnership to bring you Mouth of the South,” a prepared statement provided to Eater Atlanta read. “It’s a new concept opening this spring at 186 Carroll Street in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta.”

The statement was also posted to Illegal Food’s Facebook page.

Mouth of the South’s menu will vary slightly from that of Illegal Food and include more vegetable-driven dishes like a weekly, rotating vegetable plate and salads. The restaurant is butchering meat in-house for porchetta, meatball, and pastrami sandwiches as well as for carnitas and chorizo tacos and tortas. Lingenfelter plans to put a gas-fired brick pizza oven (likely left behind by Cabbage Pie) to use. A full bar and brunch are also planned.

The couple will continue Illegal Food’s pop-ups like their late-night ramen at Little’s Food Store down the street and in Mouth of the South’s kitchen. As for the Hank burger, no official word yet if it will be featured on the new Cabbagetown menu or simply continue to be part of Illegal Food’s pop-ups.

Mouth of the South will be open for lunch and dinner.

186 Carroll Street SE, Atlanta.