Top 5 Soul Food Restaurants in Houston
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Alfreda's Kitchen offers heavenly platters.
3. Just Oxtails Soul Food. This restaurant would probably be just as successful if they sold oxtails -- and the ones here are fantastic -- and nothing else, but it certainly doesn't hurt that their chicken and dumplings and their pork chops are also terrific. Equally appealing is the staff's exuberant, attentive service; you're guaranteed to leave smiling as well as full.
2. This Is It Soul Food. The restaurant's snazzy updated Web site and detailed descriptions have caused some to speculate that This Is It is becoming a bit too fancy to be a true soul food place, but anyone who has stopped by recently for some chitterlings, mac and cheese or banana pudding knows (at least from the bare-bones, no-nonsense ambience) that This Is It is still all about hot, fresh and straightforward Southern grub.
1. Mikki's Soul Food Cafe. One of my strongest motivations to renew my vows is the thought of Mikki's catering my (second) wedding reception via large vats of fried cabbage with turkey, mashed potatoes made from scratch, and candied yams. Of course, I would be forced to negotiate to have their smothered fried chicken (Monday special) available on a weekend night, but maybe they'd accommodate me if I asked nicely. Or begged.
2712 Blodgett St., Houston, TX