Just because you live in a gluten-free-friendly, health-promoting, temperate (in every sense of the word) city, doesn’t mean you don’t crave the deep-fried, spicy, soul food created out of the heat and passion of the South. Though women may be offended in Seattle if you call them “ma’am” and though the city is known for the Seattle Freeze as opposed to hospitality, you can still find quality shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and darn-good biscuits if you know where to look.
Owned by a husband-and-wife duo, this restaurant tucked in Pike Place Market gets its name from the Old English word for “kitchen.” The chef has lived all over the South, from Arizona to Georgia (and many places in between). From this comes their fare of Southern-inspired sandwiches, including ingredients such as creole sausage, Tabasco aioli, and remoulade, as well as bowls of grits topped with cayenne sausage, shrimp, or collard greens, among other options. To wash down their made-from-scratch Southern treats, consider the stereotypical, yet irreplaceable, sweet tea.
Starting in 1984, this family from Texas has been bringing Southern-style chicken and side dishes to the Seattle area. Having catered for Oprah’s birthday and the 2006 Superbowl, Ezell’s has expanded to 13 locations, four of which are in the city of Seattle (23rd Ave, Wallingford, Seattle Skyway, and Rainier Valley). Check them out for soul food that’s “fresh, good, and fast”!
It really started with Where Ya At Matt, the food truck Matt Lewis uses to bring New Orleans street food to the Seattle area. Since the food truck was successful from the beginning in 2010, the doors opened up for a brick-and-mortar space in 2013. Restaurant Roux provides outstanding food, which combines Creole dishes with “Pacific Northwest influence and classical French training,” accompanied by the two other New Orleans staples: live music and a full bar.
This family-owned business started by selling pies at farmers’ markets and has since grown to offer pies all over the Puget Sound area, and not only in farmers’ markets but also in stores and at their very own café. The recipes used at Simply Soulful originated in Mississippi, spanning multiple generations. From these, they keep to the philosophy of “simple, yet full of flavor,” incorporating locally sourced, organic ingredients into their breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert menus (including, of course, their handmade pies).
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