UrbanSoul (Detroit, MI)

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RESTAURANT REVIEW : Soul Food!  You can’t go on a restaurant excursion to an all African-American owned/inspired restaurant and not stop at a soul food spot.  If you’re not into soul food or haven’t tried it please give it a shot.  Most of the greens that are offered for vegetables (collard greens, cabbage, kale, peas) are all healthy for you, but with the seasonings they are generally made with may not be the most healthy.  I decided to go to this restaurant off of a recommendation that was given.  Usually at soul food restaurants the same things are offered.  Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Macarroni and Cheese, Candied Yams, Potatoes, and Black Eyed Peas.  Those food items bring me so much joy because I know I’ll be in for a good treat when eating them.

I decided to order a bunch of items because this is my first time here and I know I probably won’t be back anytime soon.  What was ordered was the Fried Pork Chops, Macaroni and Cheese, Collard Greens, Fried Catfish, Candied Yams, Creamed Corn, and Stuffing with Gravy.  Did I mention they have kool-aid? KOOL. AID. When’s the last time you had kool aid? If you’re a responsible adult you know to stop drinking that when you’re able to purchase your first alcoholic beverage because we know it’s nothing but sugar and water, but we’re on vacation so we’re going to live a little!

First up, the fried pork chops.  You can either order one pork chop or two, but of course I decided to order two because I knew one wouldn’t be enough.  And… I was right!  The pork chop was fried to perfection and had the right amount of salt and pepper on it.  I added a side of macaroni and cheese which was very cheesy but the macaroni was a bit overcooked. I also ordered the collard greens which tasted like a tad bit of sugar was added, which was amazing.  I’m not sure of the seasonings used with the collard greens but they were pretty good. There isn’t too much to say about this dish other than it was good.  It’s pretty hard to rate a soul food restaurant if it isn’t bad, it’s just one soul food restaurant is better than the other, but none that I have been to are actually bad.  Sorry to disappoint people….


Second dish was the Fried Catfish with black eyed peas.  The catfish was pretty good and the corn meal that it was cooked with wasn’t overbearing.  I’ve had catfish where the corn meal was so thick that I tasted just that. Not a good experience.  The black eyed peas were pretty good too.  There’s only one other time where I had better black eyed peas, and that was my grandmothers.  No one makes better soul food to your taste buds then your grandmother (if you had the chance to have one that cooked you some).  I also ordered sweet potatoes, stuffing, and creamed corn.  The sweet potatoes, which I believe were candied yams, were unbelievable.  They had just the right amount of sweetness and spices.  The stuffing was my least favorite, but that’s because I’m not a big fan of it and the creamed corn was good.  The restaurant didn’t “wow” me but it was good enough for me to recommend it to others.  If you’re in the area of Detroit and looking for some soul food, give this place a try, let me know what you think.

                    RATING SCALE : STUCK ON THE RUNWAY

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