Oaklands soul-food-restaurant per capita is pretty impressive, especially considering its 3,000 miles from the South. That's thanks to a strong African American culture that's been part of the city's fabric since the founding. Without further ado, heres the fried chicken, yam, and mac n cheese tour of Oakland.
2534 Mandela Pkwy
Stop into Tanya Hollands West Oakland eatery for her famed soul food. She may have grown up in New York and trained in France but shes all Oakland now. BSK prides itself on cooking with locally grown and organic materials.
What to eat: Fried Chicken & Waffles
This Uptown hot spot isn't your traditional soul food joint; think upscale dining meets California cuisine meets Southern comfort food. It's a truly unique dining experience, with a great weekday happy hour (3-6). They call it the Ultimate Southern Social Hour and you need to be sipping a Pican Punch.
What to eat: NOLA Jambalaya Risotto
Traditional southern food, done right. This no fuss restaurant excels at almost everything it does so it's hard for us to tell you one thing to get. Luckily they offer a buffet on Sundays, which is when you should go so you can sample everything!
What to eat: If you're making us choose - were saying Oxtails.
901 Washington St
A different spin on soul food, this time from the Caribbean and served counter-style. Enjoy the island vibes and the smiling faces.
What to eat: Skillet friend chicken
1462 High Street
This family run East Oakland havens claim to fame is the 99-cent portion of the menu, but it's the friendly staff and legit soul food that keeps everyone coming back.
What to eat: Fried fish and mac and cheese
444 Embarcadero West
Got a late night craving for chicken and waffles? Head over to the Home of Chicken and Waffles in the Jack London district and handle it. This 60s style diner has an entire menu dedicated to different chicken and waffles combos!
What to eat: Paiges Palette - 2 Southern friend chicken wings, 1 egg, 1 waffle
1155 3rd St
Recipient of the First Annual Urban Award for Best Soul Food Restaurant, of course, were commending this West Oakland spot. The jukebox keeps the energy high and the people coming back.
What to eat: Go on Sunday and get the Short Ribs.
Who says soul food has to be porky and belly busting? Not Souley Vegan, where Louisiana-style fried tofu tastes like chicken.
What to eat: Southern friend tofu bowl.
6403 Foothill Blvd
Created by the members of the Acts Full Gospel Church to benefit the community, we'd say they have achieved their goal and then some. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all on point here.
What to eat: Chitterlings