There’s nothing like a good plate of soul food. The flavors make you feel good and provide a sense of comfort that truly feeds your soul. If you’re in the Dallas area and want to enjoy some authentic soul food, check out some of the best black owned soul food restaurants Dallas has to offer. Dallas has the second-largest population of African-Americans in Texas, so you’re sure to find some restaurants that will make your time in the city worthwhile. Here are a few recommendations.
Lisa’s Soul Food Cafe
2550 W Red Bird Ln Suite 404, Dallas, TX 75237
If you’ve got a craving for delicious fried green tomatoes or don’t want to leave Dallas before you get a delicious helping of sweet potatoes or macaroni and cheese, you’ll definitely want to visit Lisa’s Soul Food Cafe. The Dallas eatery also has tasty entrees like Salisbury steak, roast chicken, or brisket that you can enjoy with your sides, and takeout and delivery is available.
1790 N Record St, Dallas, TX 75202
Ellen’s is one of the best black owned soul food restaurants Dallas has to offer, especially if you’re looking for a hearty breakfast. Shrimp and grits is one of the favorites at the eatery, and you can also offer fried chicken with gravy and fried okra. If you’re looking for a vegetarian meal, you can order the cheesy grits with a poached egg, tomatoes, and spinach. Ellen’s also offers a variety of delicious coffees to make your breakfast complete.
Halls Chicken Shack
2327 S Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75227
Halls Chicken Shack has some of the best fried chicken in Dallas. You can also get a fried fish platter cooked to perfection. The chicken is served with a few slices of pickles and a jalapeño pepper if you like your chicken with a kick. You can also order a waffle with your fried chicken — the waffles are baked in the shape of Texas! The shack potatoes are a popular side dish as well, and the potatoes go great with chicken and fish.
4866 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
Cajun Crawfish offers some of the most flavorful and crispy fried fish and shellfish in the Dallas area. The restaurant is known for its crab cakes served with fresh greens, and you can order chicken fingers with fries as well. Cajun Crawfish also serves Louisiana favorites like jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, seafood gumbo, and fried rice with shrimp and crawfish.
2717 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215
When you think of soul food, you likely think of African-American cuisine. Elaine’s Kitchen serves many of the dishes that soul food enthusiasts have come to know and love, in addition to Caribbean entrees. You can find akee and salfish, rice and peas, as well as savory chicken dishes with white rice and dumplings. Spicy cabbage and seafood stew are also on the menu, and you’ll love the oxtails and callaloo as well.
Big Mama’s Chicken and Waffles
9810 Forest Ln, Dallas, Texas 75243
Check out Big Mama’s Chicken and Waffles for a tasty Southern meal. As the name suggests, you’ll find fluffy waffles and chicken fried to perfection at this Dallas eatery. You can also order a fried chicken or fish platter served with white bread and pickles, or order a box of fried chicken and fries to easily feed the family.
2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
If you want a delicious fried chicken entree, stop by AllGood Cafe while you’re in Dallas. The chicken meal is served with savory pepper bacon and green beans. You can also try the meatloaf, which is served with mashed potatoes and a side of fresh vegetables. The herb roasted chicken is one of the restaurant’s best sellers as well. The cafe also serves a variety of delicious salads and sandwiches if you’re looking for a lighter meal.
Sweet Georgia Brown Bar B-Que Buffet
2840 E Ledbetter Dr, Dallas, Texas 75216
Quality barbecue is the hallmark of this restaurant, so you’re sure to be satisfied whether you order chicken, brisket, or ribs. This Dallas soul food eatery is also known for its flavorful smothered turkey wings. You can also take advantage of delicious sides like black-eyed peas, broccoli and rice casserole, and cornbread muffins. You can also order chopped beef, Polish sausage, and ribs if you’re feeding a large group.
2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, Texas 75201
Fearing’s offers a modern take on American food and soul food classics, and the atmosphere is refined and sophisticated. Popular dishes include the Pig and Grits topped with fried onions and the six-spice red grouper with fresh greens and a light sauce. There are also several vegetarian appetizers and entrees to choose from, like the sweet gem wedge salad with Marfa tomatoes or the five-grain risotto on a bed of edamame succotash.