It’s November. Time to cozy up and enjoy comfort foods…Detroit soul food specifically if you grew up in the city. Though even the locals know nothing can surpass a homemade meal steaming up their family’s kitchen, they’re able to judge what satisfies the tastebuds. Seasonings are a signature Detroit soul food necessity.
Sometimes, you just want to do the eating and relaxing when it comes to enjoying a scrumptious meal. Understandable. Let someone else prepare your favorite soul foods, but with an original twist.
Detroit restaurants are already prepping for the holiday season for the next 2 months. We’re savoring the month of November, though. Christmas meals have their own time to shine. Until then, scope out the best comfort food spots early. You don’t have to thank Detroitisit for rounding up a list of Detroit soul food restaurants. Just thank these local restaurants.
Hours for all restaurants may change under current health circumstances.
1431 Times Sq. Detroit, MI 48226
First up is a soul food restaurant for the folks looking for a fancier feast spot that still has all the home-cooked southern flavors. The menu features contemporary northern soul food and exceptional cocktails. Consider it a literal level up from the others as you’ll be dining upstairs overlooking downtown Detroit. From fried chicken and catfish to Braised Oxtail, there’s something for everyone’s tastes. The season calls for a satiating seafood stew and a side of maple yams.
Hours: Mon: Closed
Tues- Sat: Dinner Curbside Only – 4 PM–9 PM
Sun: Dinner Curbside Only – 12 PM–8 PM
2900 East 8 Mile Road Detroit, MI 48234
Perfect for catering, Detroit Soul knows the importance of a smiling service. Detroit Soul is a soul food restaurant that says it and serves it like it is. Locals leave full in their stomachs and more importantly, their hearts. Whether you’re in the mood for a hefty half BBQ Chicken Dinner, BBQ fries, or a mini-meal of chicken wings, a variety of flavorful soul food is sprawled out as soon as you step in.
Hours: Tues-Sat 12-8 PM, Sun 2-6 PM
Steve’s Soul Food
1440 Franklin St. Detroit, MI 48207
Locals love the cozy environment. Multiple television screens switched to popular shows make visitors feel like they’re enjoying a true soul food meal on their recliner in the living room. Relax into classic favorites from the menu like Catfish, Barbecue Chicken served with Mac and Cheese, and green vegetables. Thanksgiving month be sure to get your fill of Candied Yam and Cheese Corn Mash. Finish off your stay with Cornbread or Burned Corn Muffins, and then stroll down the Detroit Riverwalk.
Hours: 11-7 pm Mon-Thurs., Fri: 11-8 PM, Sat 12-8 PM, Sun 12-7 PM
Detroit Vegan Soul (West)
19614 Grand River Ave Detroit, MI 48223
Next is a thriving Detroit soul food restaurant in the city. Who says plant-based can’t beat the “real” thing? Comfort food can be filling and good for the whole body at the same time. Perfect for those with certain dietary restrictions or who simply want to try a different restaurant in Detroit. Try a colorful soul platter stuffed with “Catfish” Tofu, mac-n-cheese, smoked collards, candied yams, black-eyed peas, brown and a cornbread muffin.
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6 pm
Sweet Potato Sensations
17337 Lahser Rd (Grand River Ave.), Detroit, MI 48219
Don’t skip Sweet Potato Sensations Detroit this Thanksgiving month for plenty of sweet autumn flavors. After all, the rising joint started out as a compromise for two newlyweds over the Thanksgiving table became a buzzing Detroit bakery. Take home a Sweet Potato Pecan Pie or switch up your tastes with a Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Can you have sweet without the spice? To answer, Sweet Potato Sensations also serves a regular “Savory Menu” to accommodate Detroiters daily.
Hours: 12-6 pm Fri-Sun
20853 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48219
35 years of homemade soul food, J’s Cafe has perfected the classic Southern Style flavor. Detroit soul food satisfies no matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Take your time enjoying a Steak Smothered in Gravy, Pork Chops, Catfish, Perch, Meat Loaf, or Turkey & Stuffing with sides of Cornbread, Potato Salad, Collard Greens, and several more mouthwatering foods many Detroiters grew up savoring.
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
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