We’re excited to announce our third annual Soul Food Week, fourteen days dedicated to a uniquely American cuisine that will feature delicious down-home cooking in honor of one of the pillars of African American foodways, one of monumental importance we feel is the most under-rated cuisine in America. To honor the Americans whose roots and heritage are soul food, we have adopted the tradition of hosting an African American author for a special family dinner during Soul Food Week, and this year we host Chef Dora Charles from Savannah, Georgia on the 18th. That dinner is already sold out, but you can still come buy, meet her, buy her book, and hear her story. It’s a great American story.
Soul Food Week was conceived during the summer of 2014, after we spotlighted Adrian Miller’s brilliant book Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, which sparked some emails. A long-time regular customer suggested that we do a Soul Food Week, like a popup, because it’s hard to find good soul food in Chicago so why not hook her (and her friends and family) up?
To the comment that it’s hard to find good soul food in Chicago: it certainly is on the North Side, so here we are, but there continue to be great spots around the city, so we’ll also look to highlight African American-owned soul food restaurants in Chicago so you’ll be able to further explore the soul food tradition around the city. With the abundance of ethnic cuisines in Chicago, I think our soul food restaurants remain easily the most underrated category, and by introducing our North Side clientele to soul food in our little shop, it is my sincerest hope that we may begin to change that and soul food can take its rightful seat at the table with these many other world cuisines.
So, come by and enjoy delicious soul food, and get tipped off to other great soul food spots around town that are under the radar. For some of you, it will be a chance to enjoy a cuisine you know and love, but I suspect for much of our North Side clientele, it will be a fresh and new discovery, and that’s what we’re looking to provide. Please join us any time during Soul Food Week.
Here are links to our menus for the week:
And here’s a round up of our Favorite Soul Food restaurants in town:
Pearl’s Place 3851 South Michigan Avenue, Bronzeville
Lem’s Barbecue 311 East 75th, South Shore
Soul Vegetarian East 205 East 75th, South Shore
Priscilla’s Ultimate Soul Food Cafeteria 4330 Roosevelt Road Hillside, Illinois
Honey 1 Barbecue 746 East 43rd, Bronzeville
Miss Lee’s Good Food 203 East Garfield, Washington Park
Valois Cafeteria 1518 East 53rd, Hyde Park
St. Rest No. 2 Country Chicken 727 East 87th, Chatham