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Baked macaroni and cheese, collard greens, warm out the oven biscuits, fried chicken. There’s nothing quite like southern comfort food. Growing up, I always looked forward to the holidays cause that’s when my family got together and cooked like there was no tomorrow. Candied yams, honey ham, brisket, they pretty much cooked up everything that your doctor would say NOT to eat but hey what’s life if you don’t indulge a bit? After some “soul” searching and a lot of taste testing, I found the 3 soul food restaurants that my mother would approve of.
Run by Owner/Chef Carlos Swepson, the food is a fusion of Creole and Southern cuisine with French technique. Southern hospitality at its finest, Chef Carlos succeeds at making you feel like family at his restaurant. Tucked away in the bottom of a corner brownstone, it’s easy to miss but impossible to forget once you’ve dined there. Don’t leave without trying the freshly baked biscuits. Red Lobster ain’t got nothing on Blvd Bistro. The Mac and 7 cheese with bacon is amazing too!
Go here for authentic soul food. Miss Mamie’s, named after the mother of owner Norma Jean Darden, serves up dishes based on family recipes from her Southern and Midwestern roots. We recommend gathering up a bunch of your friends, ordering as much as possible, and sampling a bit of everything. That’s what we did and nothing was less than stellar.
Jewish soul food. Yes, you read that correctly. Run by co-owner of popular nightlife spot, The Box, Richard Kimmel puts a Jewish spin on classic soul food dishes. Dimly lit and intimate, the burlesque themed, Kitty’s Canteen provides both cool vibes and good food. It’s definitely worth the momentary lack of personal space. Cult favorite, the matzah fried chicken.
(Fun fact-Snoop Dogg is an investor in the venue).