Phaze 10 exterior

Phaze 10 offers Southern-style barbecue and live music. ( / June 22, 2012)

Live jazz and Southern barbecue are two simple, easy ways to grab our attention.

Phaze 10, described as both a restaurant and entertainment venue, opens today in Mount Vernon (885 N. Howard St.).

There are two sections of Phaze 10; the first is the Grill — open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — that serves Carolina pulled pork, grilled tilapia, wings and other comfort food. The second part is the restaurant/bar/lounge/entertainment venue, which opens today at 4 p.m. The restaurant's menu offers items such as Bourbon BBQ salmon and buttermilk Southern fried chicken. A brunch menu is coming soon.

Judging from the new restaurant's website, Phaze 10 seems very interested in promoting the arts, including live jazz, local art, spoken word, neo-soul and more. Local indie-soul singer Marc Avon Evans will perform tonight, according to the website. 

Valet parking is available for $6 or there's reasonable parking at the Maryland General Hospital Eutaw Street Garage nearby.