Among the ubiquitous burgers, fried chicken, and Tex-Mex of East Texas, Liefie Li Vine is as refreshing as it is anomalous. South African owners Jackie and Phillip Strydom seamlessly blend South African fare with that of the American South, adding a touch of Eastern European for good measure. Order this to go: Promising “love at first bite,” the Aphrodisiac Mussels come bathed in an exquisite garlic, butter, and white wine sauce, with a freshly baked baguette alongside. Bobotie—lentils baked in stoneware with a curry-scented coconut milk—will delight vegetarian diners. The Bunny chow, a popular South African fast-food meal, features not rabbit but smoked chicken served in a hollowed-out bread bowl (we found it slightly reminiscent of our grandmother’s chicken pot pie). Pro tip: There’s a delightful patio for outside dining, but note that Liefie is BYOB; gratis cork service and chilled beer mugs are provided.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.