Simply Southern is Simply Delicious

Fried chicken and other Southern delights are featured at this newly opened restaurant in Belmar owned by former NY Giants defensive end Rasheed Simmons.

We started with corn muffins studded with pieces of corn and slightly spiced with a bit of cayenne pepper. Mac n’ cheese was shared while we waited for our entrees, and one friend had a large bowl of crab meat and shrimp chowder that was packed with ingredients.

The menu has a “simply” side with non-fried items such as smothered chicken, meatloaf and oxtails while the Southern side contains fried foods. We were here for the fried foods and opted for fried shrimp; all day Southern breakfast with bacon, eggs and grits; and fried chicken that had been marinated in buttermilk, deep-fried and drizzled with honey. Entrees came with two sides. Grits and collard greens were our choices. Portions were generous, prices low.

Dessert was our favorite part of the meal. An apple cobbler presented in a large glass between two scoops of vanilla ice cream and was topped with whipped cream and colored sprinkles.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Simply Southern Cuisine
817 Belmar Plaza

Fried chicken with collard greens and grits.
Photo courtesy of Lowell Saferstein

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