Name: K & K Soul Food
Location: Atlanta, GA
Meal: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens, Macaroni and cheese, Corn Bread, Sweet Tea, and Red Velvet cake for dessert
Certain foods get better the closer you get to their natural habitat. Soul food’s natural habitat is the South. Atlanta is home to a number of great restaurants that on focus on producing delivering great tasting classic made with obvious amounts of love. K & K Soul Food is exactly that type of restaurant. To be fair, K & K is not in the a very good neighborhood, and ordering your food through security glass is not for everyone but it is for me.
Soul Food Plate
Lots of pictures after the jump.
Meat and Three
Name: Swett’s Restaurant
Meal: Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese, Flat Beans, Corn Bread, and Sweet Tea
Swett’s is a Nashville institution, it is also a cafeteria. Throughout Nashville, lunch is best defined as a meat plus three meaning you choose a meat and pick your sides. As you walk down the cafeteria line in Swett’s you certainly have lots of great choices in what to match your food with. Swett’s specializes in what the outside world calls “soul food”, what is great about Swett’s is that they simply call it lunch.
Harold's Chicken Shack
Name: Harold’s Chicken Shack
Location: Chicago’s Southside
Meal: Quarter Chicken with mild sauce, Fries, Cole Slaw, and a Pepsi
Type: Chicken joint
You could write extensively on just the wonders of Chicago cuisine, both highbrow and lowbrow. My limited travels to the Windy City have only amounted to a very tiny scratch on the surface of Chicago cuisine. I like to think that in my limited experience I’ve been able to get to parts of the Chicago short list. On Chicago’s Southside, Harold’s Chicken Shack is an institution, plain and simple. For over 50 years, Harold’s has not only been providing great food to some neighborhoods others chains would scoff at, they’ve been making some of the best tasting chicken there is. This is another one of those places people say to expect a 30-45 minute wait for your food; I was eating within five minutes of ordering.
Half Chicken - Medium Heat
Name: Prince’s Hot Chicken
Location: Nashville, TN
Meal: Hot Half Chicken and 2 Sweet Teas
Type: Chicken Joint
Nashville is a great city to visit; you’ve got history, culture, country music, and great food. Lots of great food. The great regional food of Nashville is hot chicken. Fried chicken with the heat cooked right into, not added later like buffalo wings or sauced chicken. Most every one agrees that in Nashville the best hot chicken can be found on the north-side of town at Prince’s Hot Chicken. Located in a run down strip mall you might easily miss Prince’s, there is not big sign proclaiming, “Stop Here for Great Chicken,” no there is no sign just look for the throng of cars. Prince’s seems to always be busy.