John Hallgrimson, chef of Healdsburg Bar and Grill

Healdsburg Bar and Grill has jumped on the Southern bandwagon, recently installing a smoker and grill in the restaurant and hooking up some down home ‘que, grits and fried chicken starting January 1.

Testing the waters as daily specials, then moving on the permanent menu, they include baby back ribs with fried pickles (Sunday); Fried Chicken and mashed potatoes with bacon-braised collard greens (Monday); Grilled shrimp with grits and smoked ham (Tuesday) along with grilled half chicken with beans and rice; grilled salmon and potato grain and grilled NY Steak frites. Prices range from $13.50 to $17. If the fried chicken sounds familiar, yeah, it is. “It’s the fried chicken we used to do at Market in St. Helena many moons ago,” said co-owner Doug Keane.

To wash all that meaty goodness down, HBG is stirring up an ice cream station featuring an adult shake menu. Anyone for a chocolate malt with Jack Daniels? Me, too.

The change up, according to Keane, is the continued evolution of the popular burger joint into a more comprehensive dinner destination. With a brand new kitchen, new beer walk-in (meaning more beer choices) , more big screen tv’s (football from every seat!) and an increased focus on the grill, HBG just keeps getting tastier.

245 Healdsburg Avenue  Healdsburg, 433-3333.