Best Soul Food in the USA You Must Try

If you’ve ever traveled down South, it’s likely you’ve heard mentions of soul food. Things like fried chicken and pork chops; fried fish and barbecue ribs are just some examples. In much of the southern United States, soul food is very similar to Southern cuisine but without the frazzle and dazzle. It gained popularity during the 1960’s and is generally akin to down home cooking. If ever you want to eat food that touches your psychological core, head to one of these restaurants that serve some of the best soul food in the USA.

Best Soul Food in the USA

Mama Dip’s

Mama Dip’s Pork Chops and Fried Chicken

Should you find yourself staying in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, make sure to pay a visit to Mama Dip’s. This eatery has been serving some of the best soul food in the USA since 1976. Indulge on appetizers like fried green tomatoes, hush puppies or fried pickles before devouring the house specialty, Southern Fried Chicken. Save some room for dessert like the traditional sweet potato pie or bread pudding, a la mode style.

Address: 408 W Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Telephone: 919-942-5837

Dooky Chase

Gumbo at Dooky Chase

Legends like Martin Luther King, Jr., Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole have all dined at Dooky Chase. The eatery also served former presidents’ George W. Bush and Barack Obama. This soul food institution in New Orleans is famous for its gumbo, double-cut pork chops and red beans and rice with hot sausage. Make sure to take home an order of peach cobbler and praline pudding for the road.

Address: 2301 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA, USA

Telephone: 504-821-0600

Martha Lou’s Kitchen

Best Soul Food in the USA
Fried Fish at Martha Lou’s

If you only have limited time while visiting Charleston, South Carolina, make sure to stop by Martha Lou’s Kitchen for some of the best soul food in the USA. The restaurant offers a rotating menu but will usually have the usual soul food fixtures such as fried chicken, pork chops, and chitterlings. For sides, try their baked macaroni, corn bread, and lima beans.

Address: 1068 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC, USA

Telephone: 843-577-9583

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes Booth Lunch

Inside one of Savannah’s infamous homes is an equally infamous restaurant: Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room. Even though some might argue that its cuisine is most definitely southern than soul, there’s a homey and welcoming atmosphere when you dine here. The lunch crowd starts queuing at least an hour before it opens; and when you finally get a seat, you’re likely going to share a meal with strangers, thanks to the restaurant’s communal seating set-up. Items on each table include fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflé, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits.

Address: 107 W Jones Street, Savannah, GA, USA

Telephone: 912-232-5997

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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