As you know, “Soul Food,” is our staple! Neckbones, chitlins, catfish, pickled pig feet, fried chicken, etc. have fed generations of Black people. You may (or may not) be surprised to know that the Valley of the Sun has done an admirable job of continuing the soul-food tradition and is home to a number of eateries.
Of course, I haven’t listed all of the soul-food restaurants, but these are ones that I know best!
Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe
808 E Jefferson St
Mrs. White’s is the long-time champ of Soul Food in the Phoenix area! That fried chicken is unbelievable!
Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles
Locations in Phoenix, Gilbert and Scottsdale
Make sure you plan to take a nap after you go to Lo-Lo’s because you will catch a serious case of the “Itis!” You’ll want to eat everything on the menu! Lo-Lo embodies what a real soul food restaurant is all about!
Honey Bears BBQ
2824 N Central Ave, Phoenix – (602) 279-7911
5012 E Van Buren St, Phoenix – (602) 273-9148
Honey Bears is a long-time Phoenix tradition! I love the ribs and the BBQ Chicken sandwich! I’ve been to all of the Phoenix-area restaurants, but my favorite is the Van Buren location (the original) because it has that down-home feel to it!
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
2030 East Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281
I wish I could eat at Lucille’s every day! The food is amazing! I’m a big fan of all the BBQ dishes! In fact, I’ve never eaten anything but BBQ there! I hear that the catfish and shrimp is off tha chain, but I’m addicted to the BBQ. Lucille’s makes you feel like you’re in the South and it’s an ideal restaurant for large parties. I love to go to Lucille’s on weekends because they usually have live blues performances.
1635 E Baseline Rd, Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Many transplants from Chicago will tell you that Harold’s Chicken is the best thing since sliced bread! Harold’s Chicken was birthed in Chicago and a franchise location was finally established in South Phoenix in October 2019. It’s a small restaurants so don’t expect to bring a large party for a sit-down dinner. You’ll have to stand in line, order your food, and bring it home.
Trapp Haus BBQ
511 E. Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Had a great dinner with my family at Trapp Haus BBQ in March 2018! Wow … the food at Trapp Haus has big taste served up in a small space! Trapp Haus is a Black-owned restaurant on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. This is an excellent location! The only drawback is size of the restaurant! Hopefully the owner will expand the square footage!
West-Alley BBQ & Smokehouse
111 W. Boston Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Downtown Chandler location that has become an entertainment and dining hub for Black folks in the East Valley! Live music on most evenings.
1638 E Southern Ave
The motto is, “If it ain’t Southern Fried, it ain’t Southern.” This is a SMALL take-out spot. Order in advance and bring your food home. Check the Facebook page for more info!
Charlie Mae’s Soul Food
2019 W. Bethany Home Road
Delicious Southern Homestyle Cooking for the Soul! I love the fact that you can order your meal online.
The Urban Corner
55 N. Litchfield Road
The vision of The Urban Corner was to create an upscale dining experience based on a “Chef Scratch Kitchen with a Touch of Buttery Soul.” You’ll find several soul food dishes mixed in with other cultural recipes. The Urban Corner also hosts LIVE entertainment.
Stacy’s Off Da Hook BBQ And Soul Food
1804 W Glendale Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Love it when you can order your food online! Stacy’s has been in the Valley at several locations over the years. You can now check out Stacy’s Off Da Hook BBQ And Soul Food in central Phoenix near 19th Avenue and Glendale. Hard to resist any soul food spot that serves Kool Aid!
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