Posted 7 Reviews
I've been to Southern Belle on a few occasions and was always drawn back by the casual atmosphere, the attentive staff, good value and tasty drinks. I'm not so knowledgeable about the intricacies of Southern food, and if Southern Belle is what it's supposed to be I can't say that it's anything approaching haute cuisine. I would best describe what I've eaten there as comfort food, and I've enjoyed their chili, and bbq. chicken a few times. The place is super tacky, but like most super tacky places it can be pretty fun if you can get over your anal retentiveness. The thing I like the most is their Mississippi Mudslide, which is a spiked vanilla/chocolate milkshake. Delicious, and having two of them will make you right randy.
One more thing, the boss in there... This guy is a real character. Older fellow with a cigar butt hanging out of his mouth and a big silly grin. Guaranteed this guy will come over to your table and chat you up a bit, and unless you suffer from a mild mental retardation you will most likely enjoy it.
By all means, not a place to go for a formal dinner, but it's a really funny place to go for something to eat, a nice drink and relax in a pleasant atmosphere.
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Posted 2 Reviews
I promised myself I wouldn't get angry writing this. I however have been described as a "southern scoundrel". I am prone to emotional fits. My southern blood is too rich for this Chinese air. And I hate irony.
This restaurant is a mockery of all things southern. You cannot make a restaurant "southern" by putting up wood accents and an Alabama flag. What you are doing is trying to peddle tasteless primarily rice based dishes with mush toppings as "cajun". Let me educate you on something, Southern Hell. I am from the deep south....the gulf shore to be precise. I know restaurants intimately from North Carolina to New Orleans. I spent summers in Louisiana growing up. Every year I take friends on a multi state tour of my favorite southern restaurants. You are a scandalous insult to all things below the Mason Dixon line.
This is where I..the black hearted southern scoundrel...tear apart your menu piece by piece. To quote your website "Southern Belle is a celebration of the American South". What south are you talking about? Not my south. Where are you from exactly? You have achieved a rare thing. I consider your menu to be a personal affront. I lament the very existence of your restaurant. You claim authentic "UNC Chapel Hill" southern food. I brought a dining partner from UNC Chapel Hill. She actually cried from disappointment mid meal. Nice work.
Red Beans And Rice- Where is the sausage as advertised? There isn't one solitary morsel of meat in this dish. If you indeed know BBQ as you advertise, then there is absolutely no excuse for not having chunks of delicious smoked sausage in this dish. You don't even have a lesser meat. There is no meat.
Cajun Jambalaya- New Orleans called. They are pissed. Your "Bayou staple" is a disgusting mush of overcooked rice and little else. You advertise "rice, beans, sausage, dijon mustard and spices". What you SERVE is rice. Tasteless mushy rice with NO meat (seeing a theme yet?) or appropriate spice. Cmon man. You know this is NOT jambalaya. You were NOT served this anywhere in the South. You've got to be kidding me. This is not only insulting but just plain highway robbery.
Cajun Shrimp Gumbo- Boy, you sure love the word cajun. When you wrote the menu, did you think "If I add cajun to the title of dishes, they will sell". I was horrified when I saw this dish. You serve a heaping pile of RICE...again. Gumbo is sauce/soup based from a nice roux with rice added into the mix of roux, meat and spices. You...again...serve a pile of rice with toppings. That is NOT gumbo. You again are selling fake southern entrees by selling rice with toppings and claiming it is authentic southern food.
Texas Chili- You "went through the ringer to make this right"? Dear god. Another meatless dish. All you can taste in this dish is heat. You have overspiced what is a simple chili and made it overwhelming with one taste flavor. Chili is supposed to be a blend of flavors and textures. This..as is the case with all your other "southern staples" is mush. Disgusting mush with none of the flavor, spices, meat or textures as advertised.
Chattanooga Chicken- You couldn't even spell the city right, let alone serve me something not overcooked and bland. Spellcheck your menu, "southern" guy.
An insult to all things southern. Myself included. You should be ashamed. Take the word restaurant off your menu and stick with the s "bar" part. I hear you have good bourbon.
Posted 8 Reviews
I'm a breakfast guy. Love it. I particularly like American-style southern breakfast, be it Tex-mex or the southern-style grits n' gravy. Southern Belle does the latter style, and does it well.
We ordered the 75RMB brunch special which includes one entree and three sides. I ordered the biscuits and gravy with home fries, spicy sausage and cheese grits on the side. My significant other order the breakfast burrito (you get two), coffee (drink counts as a side), hash browns and the spicy sausage.
Everything was on point. The biscuits were a little sour (just how I like them), and the gravy was awesome; a good helping of cut up andouille sausage pieces in every dip. The cheese grits were, well, cheese grits. It's not rocket science making a bowl of grits. The spicy sausage was really nice. Reminded of the links I get back home. I tried the burrito, and it was more than passable. The beef was moist and full of flavour. Munchies still holds the title of best breakfast burrito in Shanghai though.
By the end, we were stuffed, and I mean like walking-for-an-hour-afterwards stuffed. I didn't finish all the food on the plate. Unheard of.
I rejoice every time I find a new GOOD breakfast/brunch spot in the city, and Southern Belle got me with it's southern charm.
Posted 2 Reviews
I went there a couple of times recently, here is my review.
I like the timber finish decor, it makes the place feel homely, this feeling is added to by the bookshelves.
The staff are efficient and helpful, and will actually come over to your table when you call them!
The prices I think are reasonable and wouldn't expect any cheaper.
So, we had the quesadillas - standard fare.
The Cajun chicken sandwich is quite tasty, the red beans and rice was good, although by the way the sauce came in a steaming hot cup, i'm guessing straight from the microwave, not freshly made up.
The jambalaya was not great, didn't really like this. We had the pecan pie for dessert which was good.
Yesterday i went for the weekend brunch set. This was 75RMB and I thought that was good value. I got 4 pancakes, hash browns (the fried diced potatoes, bacon and onion type, not the patty type), coffee and a couple of slices of bread. There was a lot of choice available as you choose to mix and match what you get for your 75.
Overall I like the place and think the food is good. BUT, I have to qualify that by saying I don't know much about mexican/texan food and pretty much have only eaten this type of food in Shanghai.
There was another comment about the owner hanging around with a cigar, yea i've seen him, but i don't really mind, like so what. I don't think the cigar is actually lit (or else that would not make for a nice dinning experience!), and at least he doesn't smooch all over you with false friendliness.
In summary, good food, nice decor, efficient staff, reasonable price.
So I will keep up my regular visits of once every week or 2.