Soul Food Kitchen

Meat-and-Three | Soul Food
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Soul food restaurants in and around Orlando, Florida, tend to be colorful places with personal photos and memorabilia covering the walls. The Soul Food Kitchen has no such personality at all. It is a minuscule carry out-only storefront with no décor and no seating except for a few tables out in an adjoining hallway and, on Sundays, a couple of extra tables set out in another hallway for families to share supper. Everything is sold in take-away Styrofoam containers.

In this bland location, you will find brilliantly flavored food, made with expertise and from scratch. “We use no cans,” explains Dennis Cox, who runs the place with his wife, Paula. “We snap our own string beans; we’re getting our collard greens now from Valdosta, Georgia, but the main thing is that we cut them right.” He and Paula use their parents’ recipes, but with a healthful twist: smoked turkey necks replace ham hocks to add meaty savor to greens and cabbage.

Among the nearly dozen entrees available every day, turkey wings are a standout, delivering incredible amounts of good dark meat; Sunday roast pork is as sweet as cream; chicken wings are fried crisp and a joy to worry; and baked chicken is butter-rich, drenched with natural juices, and so tender that applying knife and fork seems sadistic. We love it on a pallet of herby, slightly sweet cornbread dressing, which imbibes all the seeping juices.

Essential side dishes include glazed pieces of extraordinarily dark beets and peppery rutabaga served in big, velvety hunks. Baked macaroni and cheese is made with four different cheeses and – although Dennis is mum on the subject – we suspect a dab of sour cream.

What to Eat
Soul Food Kitchen, Baked Chicken
Baked Chicken
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Baked chicken dinner includes cornbread dressing, collards, and mac 'n' cheese.
Soul Food Kitchen, Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
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Red velvet cake is fresh as a just-laid egg, just-churned butter, and just-separated cream.
Soul Food Kitchen, Beets
Beets
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Glazed beets are radiant with vegetable sweetness.
Soul Food Kitchen, Collards & Cabbage
Collards & Cabbage
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Braised cabbage
Soul Food Kitchen, Key Lime Cake
Key Lime Cake
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Key lime cake has vivid citrus flavor, balanced by sweet icing.
Soul Food Kitchen, Mac & Cheese
Mac & Cheese
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Mac & cheese is made with four cheeses.
Soul Food Kitchen, Roast Pork
Roast Pork
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One of the great Sunday meals is roast pork.
Soul Food Kitchen, Rutabagas
Rutabagas
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Creamy hunks of rutabaga have a subtle, peppery twist.
Soul Food Kitchen, Layer Cake
Layer Cake
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White cake, chocolate frosting: nothing could be simpler ... or better.
Soul Food Kitchen, Liver & Onions
Liver & Onions
Liver & onions is one huge heap of food.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 6 pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11 am - 7 pm
Wednesday11 am - 7 pm
Thursday11 am - 7 pm
Friday11 am - 8 pm
Saturday11 am - 8 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
3 stops | 2 MILES | 10 min

Orlando connotes corporate-fabricated fun, but hungry visitors can explore another kind of magic kingdom: a realm of miraculously good soul food. Here is a cache of personality-plus restaurants where menus run from turkey necks to pig tails, and where dinner always includes constellations of brilliant vegetables – including, of course, that great southern vegetable, mac…

7 stops | 27 MILES | 1 hr

Road Trip Overview

Driving just two hours total, this road trip will take you in and around Orlando before heading to the coast, visiting 9 memorable restaurants along the way. With Seafood, Soul food and Sandwiches along the tour, there is something for everyone. The total distance of driving is 74 miles, which can easily…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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