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Jul 20, 2010 10:17 AM

The Current State of Soul Food in Austin Texas: Summer 2010

Riding by Bay Seas Seafood Company on Chestnut I noticed that they have branched out from the seafood business to include soul food. I was in a hurry so I dashed in and grabbed a couple takeaway menus. The pics below are of the two menus: one is soul food, the other is fried fish.

While it's unlikely Galloway is going to be dethroned from his perch I'm curious as to where everybody is going to get their soul food these days?

Who's been to Bay Seas?

Update on Queen Lola?

Any new contenders we need to be made aware of?

Bayseas #7
1311 Chestnut St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 499-8833

Galloway Soul Food
1914 E. 12th, 482-0757
Monday-Saturday, 8am-4pm
No credit cards

Nubian Queen Lola
1815 Rosewood Avenue in Austin, Tx 78702

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  1. The newest kid in town appears to be 11th St. Station:
    So far, the site is just a parking place, and I haven't been there, but I'm looking forward to trying it. I've been hoping to have some good CFS back in town.

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    1. re: gilintx

      I'm looking for good CFS too. I will say the CF Chicken at Red's Porch was shockingly well done. No cream gravy but they do have a bacon gravy (lighter and more delicately flavored than you'd think). Will be going back soon to try their CFS.

      1. re: Kaya_n_Austin

        Yesterday's lunchtime visit to BaySeas found the house rocking. Sold out and on a wait. I didn't have time to ride out the storm of hungry eaters but it's good to see the old Flo's room filled with neighborhood folks chowing down on big plates of soul food.

        Reconned over to Al's Food Store since I was in the neighborhood and had a respectable 4 chicken wing box with roll for $3.25. It wasn't Gene's level but it ate just fine.

        1. re: Kaya_n_Austin

          I came across this post today after having told my friend earlier how much I liked the CFS at Red's Porch. I usually don't eat CFS because I don't find cream gravy that flavorful. The gravy at Red's darker than a regular cream gravy ( I am guessing because of the bacon renderings) and it was amazing. Perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside with juicy chicken. I am not as in love with the other food I have had there, but my experience with the CFS was top notch.

          1. re: austineatsworld

            Chicken? Sorry, there is no chicken in CFS. Only beef steak, fried like chicken.

            1. re: danny_w

              I realized shorty after I posted this that I stuck my foot in my mouth by saying chicken. So while my post has probably lost all credibility, I can assure you that there is indeed steak in their chicken fried steak and it is most definitely worth you while to order it if you are at Red's.

        2. re: gilintx

          I'm not a fan of 11th St. Station. Their menu is a whole mess of fried food, but almost the whole thing is devoted to four items: shrimp, tilapia, catfish, and chicken wings. For chicken, wings is the only option--their chicken and waffles is a waffle and "wing dings". The only entree items they offered other than those four is a fried pork chop and another item I can't recall at the moment. The catfish was good, hand-breaded and fresh, but the oysters were awful--on the way to rotten, I'd say. The fried okra was straight out of a Sysco freezer bag, pre-breaded and bland. Fried corn nuggets were sweet and gooey. The hush puppies were leaden. The service was laughably bad. The music was a mix of crappy light instrumental jazz and a continuously skipping Etta James CD. The soda was flat. I can make some allowances for being so new, but overall, it was only a half step above a complete bomb.

        3. We went to Bayseas several weeks ago, while they were still fixing up the main dining room. I had their fried catfish special with a side of hush puppies. The fish was fried perfectly and the hush puppies were the best I've ever had (note: I normally am not a fan of 'em...but I could not get enough of these). Came with fries and some wheat bread.

          Went back about a month ago and had the trout instead of the catfish, it was nowhere near as good (the hush puppies were, though). I look forward to having their fried catfish again this week and trying some of the daily soul food specials.

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          1. re: geek23

            It may interest some that the lady who was the head cook at Gene's New Orleans Po Boy shop, Ms. Sandra I believe her name is, is the cook at BaySeas. Let's hope the chicken wings are the same as they were at Gene's.

          2. Went to Southern Hospitality up north recently, and we were pretty impressed. We went on fried chicken day, and the chicken was honestly some of the best I've had. Meatloaf was not exactly to my taste, but that may have just been a matter of preference. The sides were pretty simple; rice pilaf, glazed carrots, corn, spinach; but everything was seasoned well and nice and warm. We ate off the buffet ($7.99), but they also have very reasonable a la carte Southern classics as well as typical lunchtime fare. On top of that, the folks that run it are super-nice. They're only open for breakfast and lunch, but the lunch specials are worth what they're asking.