Once the home to prostitution and general seediness, the ever-evolving South Congress Avenue received a touch of sophistication today, as June’s opened for business. It is located at 1722 S. Congress Ave. at Annie Street in the space of the former Wahoo’s Fish Taco.
The restaurant comes from McGuire Moorman Hospitality, the team behind Jeffrey’s, Josephine House, Lambert’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Perla’s and Clark’s, and is named after partner and Master Sommelier June Rodil. The charming space, colored with black-and-white checkered flooring, globe light fixtures and gold bistro tables for an upscale diner vibe, is open forbreakfast, lunch and dinner.
The morning menu, served daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a..m., features a farm egg omelette with boursin, salted radish and green salad ($16), a breakfast chalupa with black beans and avocado ($14) and pastries like a chocolate hazelnut bun ($4) and salted oat and curran scone ($4). The day and evening menu has snacks like a salami and cheese plate ($11) and fried boquerones with baby eggplant and salsa verde ($12), little plates like snapper carpaccio with fermented citrus ($18), and entrees like a charbroiled burger with raclette ($22), fried chicken sandwich with kohlrabi slaw ($18) and grilled prime strip steak ($42).
With Rodil at the helm, there is obviously an impressive and tight wine list, with mostly central European and West Coast reds, French rosés and whites that bounce from California to New Zealand. There are about two dozen wines by the glass, ranging from $9 to $15 and another 40 or so bottles ranging from $48 to $165. June’s also serves about a dozen beers on draft and in cans and bottles, as well as a selection of craft cocktails that include tiki takes and a rub and brandy punch.
June’s is open from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday-Friday and until 1 a.m. on Saturday.
- Related: (From the archives, 6.3.2015): A chat with newly minted Master Sommelier June Rodil of MMH