Food & Drink

The 8 Best Soul Food Restaurants in Dallas

Published On 03/24/2015 Published On 03/24/2015
Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar
Ellen's Southern Kitchen
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Mama’s Daughters' Diner
Ophelia's
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Hattie's
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1. Sissy's Southern Kitchen 2929 Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX (Knox Henderson)

Quit being a p-word about your diet, and hit Sissy's Southern Kitchen, where Lisa Garza's tapping her Memphis roots in a patio-equipped space where a trio of deer heads rule a wall replete with china, and the fixtures -- salvaged from the 1914 Neiman's inferno -- were crafted by Henry Potter, who despite being a Dallas blacksmith, was also the richest man in Bedford Falls.

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2. Ellen's Southern Kitchen 1718 N Market St, Dallas, TX 75202 (Downtown)

Designed by a Butcher Shop Steakhouse and Mercury Grill vet, Ellen's Southern Kitchen is where real Southern cooking meets a little bit of Downtown Dallas' high-class flair. The blue-gray paint and vintage patterned wallpaper set just the right tone for fluffy flapjacks with dainty dustings of powdered sugar, buttermilk chicken fried steaks with a crunch loud enough to burst ear drums, and slow-cooker pot roasts just like your mom's (we promise not to tell her).

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3. Rudy's Chicken 3115 S Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216 (Oak Cliff)

This no-frills chicken shack doesn't need any of said frills, just ask for extra seasoning and some secret sauce and you'll happy you came.

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4. Big Mama's Chicken & Waffles 9810 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75243 (Lake Highlands)

This iconic, cash-only, drive-thru spot in Lake Highlands offers food happiness in spades with its fried fowl, corn fritters, and some of the best Belgian waffles in town. Open until midnight during the week and 3am on the weekends, Big Mama has you covered when it comes to late night munchies. Park and order at the drive-thru window if you're in a rush.

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5. Ophelia's 811 N Central Expy Ste 2135, Plano, TX 75075 (Plano)

Ophelia’s has some of Dallas' best soul food, including the Creole Potato Bowl and Carolina Cornbread.

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6. Sweet Georgia Brown Bar-B-Que 2840 E Ledbetter Dr, Dallas, TX 75216

Sweet Georgia Brown isn’t close; it’s about 20 minutes South of Dallas. But it’s worth the drive and possibly a few popped buttons on your pants. Come with an appetite, because the portions are large. Order the sliced beef and sausage with pinto beans, collard greens, and rice & broccoli casserole.

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7. Hattie's 418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This upscale American bistro takes good ol’ fashioned down home-style cookin’ and low-country cuisine and makes it decidedly high class. With linen-colored walls, huge windows, a mix of antique and modern furniture styles, and colorful centerpieces, the atmosphere is as pleasantly bright and refreshing as the cuisine is rich and satisfying. While brunch is a big hit at Hattie’s, their lunch and dinner menu’s look just as enticing with options like Fried Green Tomatoes (no, Kathy Bates didn’t make them), Low Country Shrimp and Grits, and Bacon-wrapped, Jalapeño-stuffed Quail.Go for a classic cocktail or one with more of a southern kick like the Sweet Tea or Key Lime martinis.