Souless in Seattle?
- JoAnne from Birmingham
Guys... I'm having a craving.
I don't just WANT some Soul Food.
I *NEED* some Soul Food...
I moved out here last year from Birmingham, Alabama and haven't seen a fried green tomato,a bowl of real banana pudding, or a Really Good onion ring since-
Surely we're not Souless here in Seattle?
I don't think you're going to find the Seattle soul food restaurants up to Alabama standards. With that caveat, my first-place recommendation is Kingfish Cafe, 602 19th Ave. E. (at Aloha). This is a very popular place with a no reservations policy, so you may have to wait, sometimes quite awhile, for a table. But the Kingfish menu includes grits, corn and lima bean succotash, red beans and rice, catfish, buttermilk fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and collard greens, among other things. Other possibilities are Ms. Helen's Soul Food, 1133 23rd Ave. (at Union) for Helen Coleman's smothered pork chops, stewed okra, etc., and Nappy Griddle, 3224 Ranier Ave. South (at 32nd St.).
If you try any of the above, or other southern restaurants you discover in Seattle, please post your reactions and let all us Chowhounds benefit from your experience. And, PLEASE, spread the word about Chowhound to your Seattle friends and aquaintances. The Seattle board needs more activity!
Thanks for posting, JoAnne. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you on the Seattle board.
re: Tom Armitage
I would also recommend Thompson's Point Of View, in the Central District (2308 E. Union), or Catfish Corner (2726 E. Cherry.)
Obviously, the latter is primarily catfish, but with a secret peppery-tartar sauce that's unforgettable. Great sides, too - hushpuppies, greens, beans & rice - but save room for the peach cobbler.
Tula's (2214 2nd Ave) also has good soul food, but a little pricier. However, they usually have some of the city's best jazz players on the bandstand most nights.
Might try Helen's Restaurant 1133 23rd Ave. I've heard it is good and I've often heard it refered to "Helen's Soul Food" but I've never been myself. Looks a bit shabby on the outside but supposidly worth it. Anyone have feedback?
Also- the 5 spot on top of Queen Anne hill has Fried Green Tomatoes. The food in general is Ok, not phenomial- but good sized portions. I've never had any other fried tomatoes so I don't have anything to compare with.....
If you're south of Seattle (Renton, to be exact), great southern/soul food can be found at McGowan's in Renton on Main. Great hush puppies, gumbo like you wouldn't believe, collard greens, sweet potato pie, the works. On Sundays, the restaurant has a fabulous gospel brunch. I believe it's the Total Experience Gospel Choir that performs there. Warning: this place is well known as a local jazz/blues venue and sometimes can be packed. It's best to call ahead.
I would echo everything said about the Kingfish Cafe on Capitol Hill (get there early, the no-reservation policy is very strict, plus they won't seat you until your whole party arrives). Also, Catfish Corner is excellent.
Honey, you gotta go to Catfish Corner. I'm from the south also, and it's one of the very few places you can go for REAL, non-trendy, "I think I'm hip and I know soul food" places like Kingfish Cafe on Capitol Hill. Save room for the Peach Cobbler...it's just as good as my mom's. Also try Willie's Taste of Soul for some yummy BBQ. He also serves sweet potato pie.