Barbecuing is a distinctly American art form, much like listening to jazz music and feigning an understanding of jazz music. Celebrate patriotic cuisine with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of southern fare at Big Mama’s Soul Food in Cathedral City. This Groupon is not valid for the family pack or sampler platter.
Helmed by Alabama native Big Dan, Big Mama’s Soul Food smokes up barbecue and fries classic southern cuisine to fill a robust, soulful menu. Dan’s deep-fried catfish sandwich ($8.95) destroys hunger pangs with kicks of golden crunch, and entrees get backup support from a chorus of classic sides such as collard greens, corn on the cob, candied yams, and black-eyed peas ($3.95/8 oz.; $10.95/32 oz.). Dinner plates span the southern spectrum with the saucy barbecue of a half-rack of pork spareribs ($17.95) and fried chicken breast battered and crisped bone-in ($12.95)—all plates come with cornbread and a choice of two sides. Big Mama's Soul Food keeps sugar-spirits up with sweet postprandial treats including peach and sweet-potato cobbler ($6 each).