Restaurant talk: Southern Maid Donuts

I thought it was just a donut shop. A cool donut shop. Franchisees turned the former San Luis tire shop on West Davis into a Southern Maid Donuts, which opened recently.

And we found last week, it’s more than just a donut shop. It’s open until 3 p.m., and besides donuts, Southern Maid serves a menu of breakfast and lunch items including omelets, burgers and salads starting at $4.99.

The priciest menu item is T-bone steak and eggs, served with three eggs and three buttermilk pancakes for $11.99. You can also order chicken fried steak the same way for $7.99. That’s the big boys’ breakfast, I guess.

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We ordered a glazed donut (55 cents) and a small jalapeño sausage roll (90 cents). The donut was fine. And the sausage roll would’ve been OK, but it was cold. A hot cup of Community Coffee is 99 cents and served with Schepps half and half.

This shop has a drive-through window, which indicates that it was approved before West Davis was rezoned last year — drive-throughs are not allowed under the new zoning.  But I’m glad it’s there if only for the 99-cent coffee.

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  • Lleal55

    The donut box says A taste you can remember since 1937
    however I was disappointed in the fact that nobody in the entire place 
    SPOKE ENGLISH. I love Oak Cliff and have lived here all my life but this is disappointing.

  • Gary

    Excellent donut holes !!! Not covered in sugar like everyone else, and possibly the freshest I’ve ever had. I tried the chocolate-glaze dipped version. I must have gone at the right time as they were still a bit warm. I’m turning my gf (and her snooty friends) on to donut holes as a way of not having to eat an entire donut. And enjoy it.

    That being said, the jelly roll was phenomenal ! :<) As was the apple fritter, both very fresh and not overly sweet. Nothing too chichi on their straight-forward menu …. I'm talking maxed-out basics.

    GrannyGeek has a picture of their omelette, and I'd also like to try the steak-n-eggs. Judging from the donut quality, they probably have the cleanest kitchen on the block. 4 stars.

  • Debbie

    I’ve been there several times. The jalepeno sausage roll is the best I’ve had anywhere. Their donuts are good even though I don’t care for donuts. Today we called in an order for hamburgers and picked them up through the drive-thru, and they were good.

    I’m hopeful that this donut shop will last. I spent several minutes visiting with Rosa, the owner. She’s only 29 and open to suggestions. That’s a big accomplishment, when so many 29 yr. olds don’t even have a serious job or still live at home with mom/dad.

    As with any establishment, if you’re not happy with your service/product, it’s your responsibility to tell them and give them a chance to fix the problem. They can’t fix the problem if they don’t know about it.

  • David

    Been twice now. While I am thrilled they have rehabbed the space, my overall feeling is that its an average doughnut shop that probably will not last.

    Biggest disappointment is the coffee. Ordered it once, noticed a film of grease floating on top when I removed the lid. Threw it away, probably for the better.

  • Can’t wait to try it. I’ve been eyeballing this every time I drive down Davis and kept thinking it was a Starbucks. Or a cool vintage coffee shop.

  • Eli

    I had the creasant sausage roll it was so yummy and the girl behind the counter even gave us two free doughnuts for showing up on their first day!