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Kevin Durant has opened up his own restaurant: ‘Kd’s Southern Cuisine’

Kelly Dwyer
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Not content to sit on the sidelines when it came to taking a swing at other business ventures, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant has decided to open his own restaurant. “Kd’s Southern Cuisine” opened in Oklahoma City this month, though only time will tell if KD has thrown a gutter ball in his first toss into the ring, or if his restaurant will turn out to be a real “home run.”

Unlike the menus at most other athlete-themed vanity restaurants, Kd’s Southern Cuisine doesn’t read as if it was attempting to secure a high-end sports bar clientele. There’s nary a chicken finger or tortilla wrap to be found, with fried green tomatoes, fried okra, grits and collard greens dotting entrees that include proteins like trout and catfish. Heartier types can go for the southern style meatloaf or smothered pork chop, alongside a selection of steaks. A lip-smackin’ touchdown!

Thankfully, though the menu and website is dotted with Oklahoma City Thunder colors, there’s not a lot of “Slam Dunk Salads!” or “Three-Point Dipping Sauces” to be found.

Until you get to the “Baller Menu.” Yeah, son.

From Dave Cathey at the Oklahoman:

The Baller Menu is where KD and his NBA mates will likely choose their entrees from the private room encased in glass that frosts at the flick of a switch for privacy. The Baller Menu offers prime beef in New York strip and Tomahawk rib-eye. It also includes tenderloin medallions with toast points and a collections of iced shellfish.

Baller Menu. Baller. Menu.

Cathey went on to call Kd’s Southern Cuisine’s menu “the most spectacular in town” not merely because of the choices listed within, but literally because it is the most spectacular in town – apparently it lights up from within when you open it. And that’s just the plebian menu, not even the Baller Menu!

(Baller Menu.)

Jokes aside, we should credit Durant and his team for cobbling together a menu that isn’t rife with jalapeño poppers and bad punditry. Any menu with collard greens and grits on it gets a thumbs up from this guy that has angrily used Yelp twice in his life. He shoots, he scores!

(Hat Tip to Ananth Pandian.)

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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