Is It Any Good?

African-American/Southern desserts done the right way in Crenshaw.

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Yeah, I know. There ain’t a lot of reason for…well…some folks…to head down into Crenshaw.

Your loss. I love it. Historically, it’s a working class African-American community. It’s doesn’t have the awful/terrible/overdone reputation of South Central L.A., but that doesn’t mean you can roll in and act like a knucklehead.

But you look up, and more and more there are reasons to come down to Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills/Leimert Park. Harold and Belle’s has always been here. And as long as they maintain the name, they will always be here in the future. The new contribution Post & Beam was at one point one of the hottest restaurants in all of Los Angeles. It’s settling now into Neighborhood Joint status, which makes it’s food all the better to me.

Southern Girl Desserts was an accidental discovery on my part. I was winding down family visit to Chosun Galbee, and wanted a quiet spot to keep the conservation going, and what enterprising African American man or woman can resist a spot called Southern Girl Desserts.

The first thing you should know is that Southern Girl Desserts is that it’s not in the Food Court, it’s not a standalone place any mall’s autonomous units for mid-mall snacking (bonus points if you got that reference). It’s a full-on place. Yeah, seats and everything. You can enjoy what you get, along with a spot of coffee or tea. Service is friendly, even late (** in some cases), and the desserts (the reason you stopped by) are pretty dman good.


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: It’s all about the Cobbler for me, Peach Cobbler. You might think of it as a Pie, but…it’s not. It’s never been. It’s Cobbler. It’s a whole different world. So when I judge a Southern Dessert place, I’m judging you by your Cobbler. Know that going in.

At Southern Girl Desserts the Cobbler for the most part is good. The crust is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic…as in dig down to the bottom of your cup (yes, Cobbler can be served in a cup…that’s the idea) to get at. The Peaches were…okay. But I get the feeling that because it was December, they were a bit out of season. So I’m not judging them too hard on the Peaches.

But man, that crust. Still thinking about it.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Come in with the knowledge that Southern Girl Desserts is in a Mall, and is not part of the Food Court. It’s down on the first level, down by Sears. Other than that…


PARKING: I just told you were Southern Girl Desserts is located, but that doesn’t do you a lot of good until you get into the mall. Coming into the Mall, you might see a Fatburger toward the outside edge of the property along Marlton Avenue. Turn into the entrance there, and you’ll be facing the main Parking structure. Well, you’ve hit the right side of the Mall closest to Southern Girl Desserts.

Like I said, at the time of this I was visiting in December…that means Christmas, that means, Christmas Shoppers. So when I went, the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza where Southern Girl Desserts is located, was crowded…crowded as all get out. I got blindingly lucky, and stumbled upon a space near the entrance but that won’t be your experience during the Christmas Holidays.

However, this will not be your experience during normal, non-Christmas, shopping times. Parking is plentiful and free, and not too far from another Is It Any Good beloved institution, Post and Beam.


Southern Girl Desserts
3650 Martin Luther King Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Tel: (323) 293-2253

Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

** Maybe we were lucky. Maybe it was because it was Christmas Hours, but they let us stay till 10pm on Saturday. But these look to be the normal hours.