This much-loved, down home, Southern cooking is also a favorite among many Northerners. While not all Southern food is considered soul food, the two cuisines are closely intertwined and especially up North, it has gone through different iterations throughout the years. However, what’s most important is its reputation for simply being finger lickin’ good.
Check out our guide to the best soul food restaurants in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Bistro, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
It’s not hard to fill up on a hearty brunch or breakfast at the Urban Griddle. Its name is as mouthwatering as its home-cooked menu items such as fresh pancakes and waffles, chili, and mac and cheese to name just a few. Diners can enjoy the casual, rustic decor and relaxed atmosphere while they chow down.
Chow down on some comfort food at this low-key joint. Costa’s BBQ
serves up generous portions of BBQ chicken, rice and tasty ribs that will keep you coming back for more. Thanks to its locale, it even has a Portuguese flair with its fresh empanadas.
Courtesy of Circle BBQ
Known for their melt-in-your-mouth ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, here you can find some serious soul food. Circle Barbeque is a small restaurant that offers Kansas City-style BBQ eats including baked beans and their famous sweet sauce.
Butcher, Restaurant, Portuguese, $$$
Classic Portugese cuisine combined with a classic soul food style makes Algarve BBQ
a unique place to dine. This small, no-frills eatery only serves food for take-out, so it’s perfect for those nights when you want comfort food at home.
This modest eatery serves up to die-for dishes such as ribs, pork, chicken and fries at a very budget-friendly price. Located near the seaport area of Elizabeth, Portugal BBQ is casual, quick and famous for its good, friendly service.