I joined my wife the other day for lunch because she happened to have the day off. She actually suggested that we eat at Southern Hands because she has had it before. I’m pretty excited that she suggested it and I enthusiastically agreed. Almost any day is a good day to eat Southern food.
When we got there they busy, but we were seated immediately. The interior layout was a little unusual. They have seated around the edges that are elevated. I know that the space was formerly a BBQ joint so I’m no sure who’s idea that was. Anyway, we didnt go there for the interior design. We went there for good food.
The menu was fairly simple with a lunch menu on the left and a dinner menu on the left. They also had plates that were exclusively vegetables. We both chose the standard meat and two veg wih cornbread. I ordered the fried pork chop with black eyed peas and green beans. My wife ordered the fried catfish with “country” corn and candied yams. After having eaten at Mother’s the day before I was anxious to try out their porkchop and see how it measured up. I also wanted to steal a bite of my wife’s catfish.
We didn’t have to wait very long for our food. Which was a great thing because I was pretty hungry. Before I took my first bite I ceremonially dashed my beans and peas with pepper sauce. I also put a little hot sauce on my pork chop. The breading on my pork chop tasted great and was well seasoned. The meat, however, was not seasoned at all and was a little rubbery. While certainly edible, I still expected a little more. The green beans were fairly mediocre. BUT…. The black eyed peas were very impressive. They tasted great and I used my small loaf of cornbread to sop up the residual juices.
My wife was nice enough to let me have a bite or two of her food too. The catfish was decent. The country corn was really good though. It reminded me of a mix between regular corn and creamed corn. I think the highlight of her dish was the candied yams. They were perfectly sweet with just a hint of cinnamon. Just outstanding.
Southern Hands is definitely a place I’ll be revisiting and I suggest you check them out if you haven’t.