Sonder, a word meaning each random passerby has a story, fits perfectly with the ambience of this newly minted restaurant at 9500 Brimhall Road. Green and ivory hues decorate Sonder, from the walls to the couches, giving a pleasant and inviting ambience. Large, comfy couches augment the restaurant’s goal of bringing people together through their unique stories — over some good food, of course.

Fried Chicken ($19):

When the owner says that a nap is in order following consumption of the fried chicken entrée, you know the portion is going to be big.

Consisting of a half chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn bread, this is a meal for one that can easily feed two.

The traditional Southern recipe has the chicken dredged in buttermilk and fried. The breading provides a satisfying crunch before giving way to the juicy interior, with the spices offering a nice punch without being overpowering. The homemade cornbread is salty and sweet, the mashed potatoes light and airy, and the coleslaw a cool and refreshing counterpart to the hot elements of this filling and very satisfying dish.

Bruschetta Board – Savory, Smoked, Sweet and Duxelle (choose four for $12):

Bruschetta doesn’t have to be ordinary tomatoes spread across a dull, toasted baguette.

Sonder partner Shannon Brown said she envisioned Sonder as a place “for friends to come and chill and nosh on some good food.”

The bounty of bruschetta is just that.

The sweet bruschetta with fig jam, brie and green apple is a great contrast to the smoky, which is comprised of chive creme fraiche, pickled red onion and smoked salmon.

The duxelle, cooked down smoky, nutty mushrooms lie atop a bed of creamy brie and sweet, tangy balsamic reduction.

But if you’re still craving that traditional bruschetta, the savory is just for you. The pesto spread, salami, pepperoni, fried sage and roasted tomatoes come together for fresh bite with just the right amount of saltiness.

Brown said Sonder is working toward being a scratch kitchen, which they are about three-fourths of the way there. 

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