Savor Some Soul at These 4 Restaurants Near Detroit
Soul food is a cultural staple in many African American communities that originated in the southeastern United States. But now you can find soul food in almost any area of the country. Find out which four restaurants you should try some soul food at if you’re in the Detroit, Michigan, area.
- Beans and Cornbread
Found in nearby Southfield on Northwestern Highway, Beans and Cornbread is an award-winning soul food restaurant in business since 1997. Diners enjoy traditional southern favorites, including farm-raised catfish, smothered pork chops, fried chicken, candied sweet potatoes, and collard greens. One item not on the menu but is a favorite is the Swamp Thing, which includes fried catfish, collard greens, and gumbo served over rice and topped with two jumbo shrimp. Its hours are 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
- Detroit Soul
Located on East 8 Mile Road, Detroit Soul is owned by Sam Van Buren and Jerome Brown, who are descendants of people who relocated from Selma, Alabama. These relatives brought back recipes that became the basis for the restaurant’s menu.
Step up to the counter and order the fried or smothered pork chops, turkey wings, or meatloaf, and combine it with two of 12 available side dishes and a cornbread muffin. The sides include baked or pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, cabbage, and candied yams. The restaurant offers weekend specials, including a Friday fish fry and barbecue dinners on Saturday. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday from 2 until 6 p.m.
With its location in Times Square in downtown Detroit, SavannahBlue serves refined Southern soul food and delicious cocktails. As one of the newer soul food restaurants, it opened in 2016. Its menu has such delicacies as jumbo crabcakes, shrimp and grits, Creole seafood, and braised oxtail. The food options are prepared healthfully — for example, the restaurant prepares the fried chicken with boneless, skinless chicken breast and the collard greens are flavored with smoked turkey instead of pork. Visit this spot Monday through Thursday from 4 until 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. until midnight, and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
- Steve’s Soul Food
Opening its doors in 1986, Steve’s Soul Food sits in the Warehouse District on Franklin Street. The restaurant serves generous portions of beef, pork, chicken, and seafood combined with numerous side dishes. Stop upstairs and visit the lounge and bar called Key Club. The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Now that your mouth is watering, make a point to check out one of these Detroit-area soul food establishments. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Southern fare, seeking something a little more contemporary, or somewhere in between, these four restaurants have you covered. The hardest part may be figuring out where to eat first.