Soul Food Week, January 13-26

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:

Dinner Soul Food Week 2017

Lunch Soul Food Week 2017

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

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