Tucked away in a mini-mall in Cathedral City is a new Southern type-eating establishment. I very briefly talked to one of the owners. He and his partner Dr. William Schneid have been together for 48 years, both with individual careers, Dr. Schneid was a private investigator and his partner was an undertaker. There was a Southern restaurant before so the area is used to this kind of food at this location, but from what I gather those owners were not being good to their staff or their customers and had to close shop. I could tell there is a lot of repeat business; I spoke with a few customers all enjoying their Southern fare. They are doing the county program Great Plates Delivered Program. The program is designed to support adults 65 and older and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19, in staying home and staying healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the Covid crisis. Also, they are fully operational in the tent outside in the parking lot, and were very Covid safe.
Here’s what I tried.
Spicy Shrimp Po’ Boy Classic Southern po’ boy with fried shrimp, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and handmade remoulade sauce. This was a big hit for me; love a good authentic po’ boy.
Cheesy Grits N’ Shrimp, Cheesy grits with Cajun seasoned shrimp, and crumbled bacon. Lots of cheese and the shrimp seemed very fresh, another great menu item.
Fried Okra, a nice starter to any meal.
Egg and Sausage Benedict, 2 poached eggs and homemade breakfast sausage on an English muffin topped with Hollandaise sauce served with fruit. This is a nice filling breakfast, with all of the bells and whistles.
Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs, ribs smoked with homemade BBQ sauce. Fall off the bone ribs, with a great sauce.
Cheesecake, this was delicious, and hit the spot.
Also, you have to try their sweet tea with your meal, it is a Southern Staple.
If you’re in the mood for authentic Southern cooking in the desert then this is your go-to place.
The Southern Belle Café
35400 Date Palm Dr.
Cathedral City, CA. 92234
(Sidebar – It is always in the best interest of the restaurant to let me taste many food items. I always bring one or two guests who nibble on what I order; because there is no way that I can eat all of the food tasted. But for my readers to see what all I suggest is really key, unfortunately this restaurant did not let me try many items, so I will do an honest review of the 5 items that I tried, and that is why this is such a small review. After reading the menu I also notices that they didn’t bring me some of the sides that went with it, another mistake on their part because I can’t totally review what the menu items were that were served with the missing sides. Also telling me they were bringing me a certain number that they decided on and then cutting two of those menu items off. I am never fully able to review a restaurant given that I have such a limited trial. As well as not wanting to waste my time if the restaurant doesn’t want to fully satisfy my request and needs for my writing. The review prior to this one let me try everything I asked for and did it graciously with the utmost respect to what I do as a writer. I have been doing my website since 2011, with over 600 reviews, so I know what works, every now and then you get a cog in the wheel. If your planning on going there to eat, give yourself ample time, the service was super slow, it took almost a half – hour to get a cup of coffee. My lunch took an hour and a half, could have been because I was doing a review so maybe I was not a top priority, however customers seemed to be getting their food a lot faster. I am not taking away from the star of this show, their food, which is delicious, just wish the whole experience had been better and stress-free!!!)