7 Spots for Soul Food in Greater Phoenix
Even though the term wasn't coined until the 1960s, soul food is an American tradition, especially in the South. Dishes such as hominy and grits, corn bread, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and chitterlings remind Americans of home and family and comfort. Here are seven spots in the Valley ready to fill our soul food void.
Christian Buze (also known as Chef Buzz), the grandson of the famed Mrs. White, has put his family's soul food on the road with a brightly painted food truck that makes regular stops throughout the Valley. Along with his partner, Beatrice "Bee" Bullock, the two serve up soul food classics like fried chicken, catfish, seven-cheese mac 'n' cheese, greens, and yams, in addition to rotating dishes with a global touch, like Indian coconut curry and Jamaican jerk chicken.
Billing itself as "the best all-around upscale urban cafe in Central Phoenix," this small bar and restaurant serves live music, karaoke, and drink specials along with soul food and Southern hospitality. Check out dishes like catfish and fried chicken served up with sides of fried cabbage with bacon, greens, and mac 'n' cheese.
This casual bar and restaurant in downtown Phoenix specializes in soul food, live jazz, and DJs. Enjoy a cocktail (or a glass of grape Kool-Aid) with catfish nuggets, smothered pork chops in homemade gravy, or Southern-fried chicken with collard greens and black-eyed peas. Don't miss desserts like red velvet cake, banana pudding, and peach cobbler.