Port Arthur is a gritty, rundown, small city in southeast Texas. It lives and dies by the petroleum industry. When gas prices are high, Port A lives the good life. When oil prices plummet, the town goes into a free fall. I love Port Arthur. The old downtown offers a visual feast if street photography is your bag. There are ghost signs afoot and ruined buildings are chockablock. And now there’s a brand new soul food truck called Betty Jo’s Southern Cooking I’ll visit in the next month and report back on the oxtails. Continue Reading

The Ensley Grill was a legendary soul food restaurant in Ensley, Alabama

A cracking hot piece of Whiting fish on Wonder bread with a skift of mayonnaise and a few shots of Crystal Hot Sauce is soul food in its finest form. Whiting is not a fish you see on New Orleans menus but as you travel north and up into the Deep South you’ll find it’s quite common in Mississippi and Alabama. Golden Flake potato chips make a great side dish for a Whiting sandwich. Continue Reading

rl reeves jr reports on the US soul food scene

In Atlanta, Georgia, Mexican soul food joint Blaxican has closed. They should auction the name as it’s one of the greatest portmanteaus in the world of food. I never had the chance to eat there but I routinely cook mashups of soul food, and Mexican food, and I completely appreciate the gimmick. Here’s the story of the demise. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr reports on the US soul food scene

We smoked a family pack of city-ham trim meat from Jeanfreau’s Market yesterday on our antique Weber. There’s a kettle of Camellia Navy peas packed with master stock, and that protein burbling on the stove top right now. Where do Navy peas belong in the soul food canon? We would put them in our top 50. As you move through the soul food scene in the South you’ll find them on a few menus but they will never approach Brown Crowders or Red Kidneys in the canon. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr reports on the U.S soul food scene

We love reading obituaries. Our grandfather Big Jim Sullivan was an avid obituary follower with a standard joke when our grandma asked him what he was doing, “just making sure I’m not in here” he’d crack while the family had a good laugh. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr reports on the US soul food scene

Todd Price, formerly of New Orleans Times-Picayune has landed on his feet. Writing for Lafayette’s Daily Advertiser, Price recently visited Laura’s II, an old-school Acadiana hotplate joint. Laura’s specializes in ‘back of the stove’ cooking, that south Louisiana specialty where the cook puts a big black pot on a gas burner on the back of the range and lets it roll all-day-long. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr covers the US soul food scene

The divide between white folks southern food and African American soul food is not as vast as one may have been led to believe. Go to a white run meat and three in Huntsville, Alabama then take the 90 minute drive south to Birmingham and visit a soul food operation. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr reports on the U.S soul food scene

Vegan soul food is having a moment and we’ve been leading the resistance from New Orleans 9th Ward. Our neighborhood is filled with soul food cafes, hot plate joints and meat markets selling hog balls, maws, knee caps and snouts.

A common meal deal is two pieces of fried chicken for .99c.

If you opened a vegan soul food cafe in the the 9th you’d better buy some pigs to feed all the leftovers to. We suspect the rate of veganism in our neighborhood is among the nation’s lowest. Continue Reading

The best soul food in New Orleans is not sold from brick and mortar restaurants. It’s on the second line routes from mobile vendors.

Write Jan Whitaker looks at the birth of the term “soul food” on her always compelling website Restaurant-ing Through History. Continue Reading

Magnolia Supermarket in New Orleans 9th Ward has a fine assortment of meats for your soul food cooking needs

There’ll be a little hubbub out at the old Hurst Family Restaurant in Kenner, Louisiana for the next month or so. Then the regulars will have the place to themselves. Just like they have since 1946. link Continue Reading