Without comfort food, diners would settle for discomforting fare, such as nettle cobbler, chicken pox and waffles, or a romantic dinner for two with Meatloaf. Satisfy cravings for comfort with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Southern comfort fare and drinks at The Southern Belle in Montclair.
This down-home restaurant's menu hosts a heap of traditional Southern comfort foods served by an attentive and friendly staff. Start off with a scoop of hush puppies, a cornbread-pepper medley served with maple butter ($7), and then chow down on some vegetarian corn chowder ($5). Tempt Northern taste buds with new entrees, such as the Alabama blackened catfish, served with tartar sauce and a sidecar of collard greens ($16), or the fried chicken and waffles with a gob of green-bean casserole ($16). The baby-back ribs quell carnivorous cravings with a smattering of barbecue sauce and a side of fries ($17). Conclude forays into Southern cuisine with a swig of a non-alcoholic mint julep ($3) and a slice of hummingbird cake, made with pecans, pineapple, and banana, and capable of flapping its frosting 90 times per second ($6).
The warm dining den showcases Southern hospitality in a casual, family-friendly environment. Pint-sized palates can ask for the children's menu, which includes kid-friendly favorites such as grilled cheese, chicken tenders, and copies of The Economist (all items on the children's menu are $5). Reservations are required.
- The Southern Belle is well worth a visit. The waitstaff is young and cheery. The dining room is nicely decorated and not too noisy. And best of all? The food is yummy. – Adventures of a Middle Age Mom
- The batter on the fried green tomatoes is so light and delicious, it just melts in your mouth. - Mano a Vino