If you’re looking for good soul food, all you have to do is ask around. Another way is to check out a recent list published by Black Enterprise. Their top 5 picks are not only restaurants owned by successful African Americans, but they also serve the best soul food in the country!
Here are the top 5 picks:
#1 – Sylvia’s Restaurant: located in Harlem, New York, Sylvia’s Restaurant has been serving menu favorites like southern fried chicken and grits, corn meal dusted catfish and Bar-B-Que ribs since 1962. Sylvia’s is owned by Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soul Food.”
#2 – Amy Ruth’s: located on 116th Street (NYC), established in 1998, is open 24 hours to serve up your favorites, named after celebrities. They include The Nate Robinson (BBQ ribs), The Ruby Dee (catfish), and of course, The President Barack Obama (fried, smothered, baked or BBQ chicken). Owner Carl S. Redding named the restaurant after his grandmother, Amy Ruth Moore Bass.
#3 – Melba’s:located on W. 114th Street (NYC), Melba’s opened in 2005 and is owned by Melba Wilson. It is considered the ultimate in comfort food, like catfish strips, southern crab cakes, and of course, southern fried chicken.
#4 – Red Rooster Harlem: a favorite on Lenox Avenue (NYC), Red Rooster is owned by Andrew Chapman and Marcus Samuelsson who opened a restaurant that would have a positive impact in their neighborhood of Harlem. Named after an old speakeasy, the restaurant serves delicious soul food (try blackened catfish and grits with a slice of black bottom peanut pie) and music.
#5 – Farmerbrown: this San Francisco restaurant is owned by Jay Foster and uses the slogan, “Soul After All Is A Way of Life…not just biscuits and gravy.” But biscuits are on their menu, along with other favorites like jambalaya, crispy cornmeal catfish, and slow cooked collard greens.
But there are tons of great Black-owned restaurants across the country. Which ones are your favorite?