Julia Belle’s

This is another of the hidden gems. The Julia Belle is a Southern themed restaurant in Florence, SC, with a casual cheerful atmosphere. The menu is a list of southern favorites from catfish, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, and red chicken stew.

I had the chicken and waffles, and it was some of the best fried chicken I have ever had. Juicy, crispy, the moistest white meat chicken I have ever had. Whether they brine or do a marinade, the results are great. This was on top of a tender waffle with syrup and peaches. I got a side of the sautéd cabbage with bacon and a lot of flavor. The waffle fries were all eaten by my wife, so that speaks for itself.

The portions were just right; enough to fill me up, but not so large I needed a doggy bag. Service was great; you order at the counter, and they bring out the food promptly. If you are ever in Florence, give them a try.

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