souley vegan----downtown oakland
how can soul food be vegan? no meat in my collards? bbq tofu??? anyway i decided to try it. the food is surprisingly flavorful, and has the correct texture.
the bbq tofu is very good, the red beans and rice are spicy and salty, the mac is cheese is silky in texture and pretty good (although i wish it had a more distinctive cheese taste), the only miss was the collards. . .they needed some other kind of seasoning to balance out the flavor.
the pricing is a tad high----2 item combo $8, 3 item combo $10. any additional items ordered are $4-6 each. drinks are $4
the restaurant is plain (not divey) the service is earnest and attentive. during busy times an additional waitperson would be helpful.
(at 3rd St)
Oakland, CA 94607
tried this place out recently using a groupon.
3 item combo is now $11. Shared a few things with a friend
Southern fried tofu - Basically, it's tofu with breading and deep fried. Not a bad way to "veganize" fried chicken. Just be careful - the breading to tofu ratio is nearly 1:1.
BBQ Tofu - Didnt do it for me. Basically, its tofu dunked in BBQ sauce, which was on the tart side for my taste.
Greens - Probably the best thing I had. Nice flavor.
Yams - Was fine, nothing to complain about
Mac n cheese - Ditto above. Actually tasted better than most vegan versions of this dish
Biscuits and gravy - Probably the worst of the dishes I ate. The biscuit was hard and dry. The gravy had no real flavor. I think it didnt help that we saved this for the end - the gravy hardened a bit and he biscuit was nowhere near fluffy.
They're open again? This place constantly seems to be going in and out of business. In any event, it's the salt that keeps me away - way too much to be healthy or palatable. If it weren't for the extremely high level of salt, the food would be good and I'm not a vegan or a vegetarian. Any kind of food can be vegan as long as it doesn't contain animal products.