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Heart-Warming Soul Food Restaurants to Support in the United States

There is really something about soul food that is different from the food you would find somewhere else. If you want to fill your tummy with heart-warming soul dishes, you should support these soul food restaurants in the U.S.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

If you are a Black Lifestyle fan, you know that we have been talking about soul food for a few times now. Well, we just can't stop thinking and talking about those delicious dishes. What's with soul food that people go crazy about? All soul food can be considered Southern, but not all Southern food can be considered soul. People tend to use leftover cuts of meat like chicken neck bones, wings, oxtails, and offal. Cooks use spices liberally, and vegetables are usually cooked in meat broths to add flavor. There is really something about soul food that is different from the food you would find somewhere else. If you want to fill your tummy with heart-warming soul dishes, you should support these soul food restaurants in the U.S.

Soulé (Chicago, Illinois)

Soulé Chicago is a boutique restaurant inspired by the first line in Biggie Small’s legendary hip-hop single, “Juicy”. This soul food restaurant is a nice and cozy place to catch up with your friends and family. Soulé’s creole-infused soul food has been a staple in the community since it opened its doors to the public in 2017. This soul food kitchen offers traditional soul food dishes like fried catfish and New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp and grits. You must try their classic fried chicken, lamb chops, salmon with shrimp, chicken spaghetti, banana pudding, and blackened catfish with shrimp.

Dulan's (Inglewood, California & Los Angeles, California)

Dulan's is a restaurant, banquet hall, and full-service catering company specializing in Southern Home Cooking. They have been serving some of the best soul food in Los Angeles for over 25 years. Dulan's is owned by Gregory A. Dulan and Terrence Dulan, sons of the late “King of Soul Food,” Adolf Dulan. If you are craving something delicious and satisfying, you should have a taste of their tasty chicken which you can have baked or fried, smothered chicken, baked or fried fish, smothered pork chops, meatloaf, oxtails over rice, short ribs over rice, and veggie plate. You can also order their family special fried or baked chicken for an affordable price. It comes with one whole chicken, three large sides, and four cornbread muffins.

Heard Dat Kitchen (New Orleans, Louisiana)

You know how impossible it would be to leave New Orleans without ever having a plate of shrimp and grits. Fortunately, Heard Dat Kitchen offers mouthwatering soul food such as their signature Superdome which consists of blackened fish, lobster potatoes, lobster cream sauce, sweet corn, and crispy onion rings. Their Bourbon Street Love is a must-try too! It consists of fried chicken over mac ’n cheese. Another luscious food is their Crawdat, which consists of cream sauce and potato salad.

Melba’s (Harlem, New York City)

Harlem is known for its rich cultural roots and history, and an array of black-owned restaurants and cafes. One of them is Melba's. Melba's restaurant opened its doors to the public in 2005 and it has come to be regarded as the premier comfort food destination in New York City. You should head over to their place and try their southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles, fried catfish, grilled wild Atlantic salmon, wine-braised short ribs or beef, barbeque turkey meatloaf, and tres macaroni and cheese.

Mikki’s Soulfood Cafe (Houston, Texas)

Jeanette Williams is the founder, owner, and creative soul food genius responsible for Mikki’s Soul Food Restaurant and Catering success. Mikki’s Soulfood Cafe is located on the southwest side of Houston. Since it opened, Mikki's has become a household name in Texas and around the country. Their current takeout only menu changes throughout the week at both locations, as a few food items are only served on certain days. Their main dishes such as smothered pork chops, oxtail, turkey wings, and smothered baked chicken are served daily, but their flavorful fried chicken and catfish are only served on Fridays and Sundays. Other daily menu items are beef steak, alfredo tilapia, pepper steak, and veggie plate.

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