We asked on Facebook: What’s your soul food?
Looking at all the responses, I am thinking that maybe soul food is different to everyone. It’s the food your mom cooked that you loved, it’s a favorite food from a restaurant, it’s something you whipped up once and felt accomplished. I believe soul food might be what strikes you as soulful.
Johnae’s in Dickinson or Mama Frances in La Marque.
Mine is fried catfish and grits with stewed tomatoes and okra. Yummy.
Barbecue ribs and potato salad.
Marsha Wilson Rappaport
Seafood, seafood or breakfast! I always have a smiling soul!
My Dad’s oxtails or anything lamb! My Grandmother’s leg of lamb with mint jelly and red-eye gravy!
Soul2Soul and Allen’s are my soul food.
Chicken-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans from Joe Lee’s Kitchen in Clear Lake Shores. Yummy.
Hands down, red beans and rice. It was one of the first things I brought to the menu when I started working at Maceo Spice with my dad.
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, black-eyed peas and yeast rolls.
Connie Boswell Hanks
Oysters — any way!
Patricia Caldwell Schmidt
Shrimp Creole hits my heart and soul! With sweet and juicy plump Gulf shrimp, tangy tomatoes, lots of garlic, onions and bell pepper, Creole spices and a huge scoop of rice! Can’t be beat. I couldn’t wait for “winter” days when Maceo Spice Company served this dish.
Collards and butter beans.
Jackie Robbins Cherry
Carne guisada from Casa Fiesta in Texas City with their charro beans. Takes me home!
Cheese! Any kind. Queso, fried mozzarella, grilled cheese, charcuterie boards, anything!
Jennifer Beck Kelso
The list is long and I could list a ton of local seafood dishes, but my Dad’s fried-green tomatoes and Mom’s desserts — blackberry cobbler and buttermilk or pecan pies are soul food for me.
One we don’t have around here, Native American fry bread.
Stephen F. Duncan
Smothered pork chops, homemade mac n cheese, smothered cabbage, cornbread!
Smothered pork chops with onion gravy, rice, collard greens and jalapeño cornbread.
Mac n cheese.
Black-eyed peas with ham over rice. Sweet cornbread on the side.
Fried chicken, black-eyed peas and cornbread.
Denise Sowell Shead
Cornmeal-breaded fried yellow squash! Add queso and chips! Yum!
Trudy Deen Davis
My sausage, chicken, shrimp gumbo with lump crabmeat on top!
Joanna Pitman Yates
Chicken tacos with cilantro, onions, cheese and jalapeños.
Growing up it was mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade, hand-cut noodles!
Luby’s is my soul food. #RIP #LuannPlatter.
Hal Rochkind, yes! I’ve been struggling with how to answer this question because I have many soul dishes — cheese enchiladas with chili con carne sauce, chili cheeseburger and onion rings and Dr Pepper, chicken-fried steak, my Mom’s spaghetti, a perfectly cooked fillet with a creamy three peppercorn sauce, escargot, cheese sticks. But the Luann Platter of fried fish, mac and cheese, fried okra, iced tea, roll and a slice of pumpkin pie from Luby’s is comfort and happy memories on a plate! P.S. H-E-B sells Luby’s fried fish and mac & cheese … it comes close!
Thin salmon patties and hot-water cornbread. Have not had either since age 30.
Homemade macaroni and cheese.
Chicken and dumplings.
Janene Amyx Davison
I has to be pot roast! My Mom used to make it for us all, all the time. The natural gravy it made was great on rice or sometimes mashed potatoes. I still remember those meals vividly. When I eat a pot roast today, it takes me back to another time.
Key lime pie, especially at Rudy & Paco’s!
Kathy Van Dewalli
A big pot of Texas Red — my chili with no beans and jalapeño cornbread.
Okra and tomatoes.
Glynda Parker Oglesby
My mother’s super-secret family recipe for spaghetti meat sauce, which she got from the Campbell Soup cookbook 1950s vintage, which I still make. Also, my grandmother’s super-secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, which I found out as an adult came from the Nestle chocolate chip bag, which I have never made.
My family famous scratch venison chili! Fritos or crackers. Maybe some cheese to top it off. Fresh venison from the Hill Country Oaks and Cedar, slow-cooked with a can of Tecate and a homegrown jalapeño mixed in the pot for good measure. Tastes even better on day two!
Tacos from The Original restaurant.
Camille Thiel Downes
Momma’s soup bone soup. I could literally eat it every day.