By Daniel Paris
The opening of a new restaurant is an exciting endeavor. Last March, Bill Schneid opened The Southern Belle to share the family recipes from his time in Baton Rouge, LA. Southern food is sacred to those raised in the steamy, spicy climate of the bayou states. The Southern Belle stays true to the classics like cheddar grits, biscuits and andouille sausage gravy, and chicken fried steak. Spicy shrimp and grits, catfish, and soft-shell crab po-boys, blackened catfish, shrimp etouffe, and jambalaya are featured as well. Sides include mac n’ cheese, black-eyed peas, Cajun fries, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, fried pickles, hush puppies, and tater tots are perfect company for the well represented mains.
Even though the COVID virus became an unwelcome guest in our world, southern hospitality will be waiting for us all at The Southern Belle. There will be a time when we can go out and enjoy a meal and the company of others to share food and experiences. Until that time comes, The Southern Belle Café will serve takeout daily, except Monday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Along with the takeout service, Bill’s staff prepares and delivers 240 meals every day to eighty seniors-in-need program funded by state and county funding. They provide seniors the same high quality meals you find on the menu. Free range and organic ingredients give the dishes a depth of flavor not often found in southern cuisine.
The Southern Belle Café
35400 Date Palm Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234