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Ask a Foodie: Where’s the Best Soul Food?

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jean_victor_balin_toque1Q. Where’s the best soul food in San Antonio?

A. The answer to that question is complicated.  Several of the restaurants with the home-cooked flavor you’re probably looking for consider their fare Southern, rather than soul food. Their menus offer fried chicken, smothered pork chops, meatloaf and the like, each tasting as if your mom were back in the kitchen. To us, that’s soul food because it speaks directly to your hungry soul.

The nice thing about these restaurants is that they are in various parts of town, so you don’t have to drive a great distance to get the home-cooked flavors you’re craving.

In no particular order, here are three restaurants worth checking out:

  • Mr. and Mrs. G’s Home Cooking, 2222 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 359-0002 — If you want excellent fried chicken, ham hocks or smothered pork chops, this is the place. The vegetables are all prepared by hand. Save room for some of the vanilla-flavored yams and the cabbage. Kool-Aid on the side completes the meal. The dining room hosts a large lunch crowd, but closes a little early in the evening, so call for hours.
  • Tommy Moore’s Cafe and Deli, 915 S. Hackberry, (210) 531-9800 — Crispy fried chicken, pork chops and fried fish are among the lunch items here with corn bread on the side. Monday’s special is red beans and rice, but get there early. It’s first come, first served.  Breakfasts include handmade biscuits.
  • Mama Lee’s Soul Food, 310 Valley Hi Drive, (210) 675-6262; 6060 Montgomery Ave., (210) 653-6262 — Meatloaf, fried catfish, smothered pork chops, mac and cheese, okra, gumbo and more fill the menu of this restaurant with two locations and dinner hours. Save room for pie.

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