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Mouth-Watering Places to Get Soul Food In WNY

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Written by Emily Forkey

Published on January 31, 2023
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Soul

Did you know there is a great variety of soul food offered right here in Western New York? Often referred to as “comfort food,” soul food is a style of cuisine that ranges from buttery fried chicken to mouth-watering peach cobbler. Soul food is the cuisine of the south prepared by African Americans that originated during a time of strong black expression and cultural identity.

Soul food is described by Chef Todd Richards, an Atlanta area chef and author of Soul cookbook, as “a black form of art”. It consists of various southern foods including fried chicken, green beans, sweet potato pie, hush puppies and cornbread. According to Richards, “soul food is a gospel, and chefs are its preachers. It can be handed down once you know it, and once you’re proud of it”.

Check out all of the delicious spots around WNY where you can get soul food!

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Catering

A Great Plate Catering, LLC

895 N.Forest Rd Williamsville,, NY 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Soul Food
  • Southern

A Great Plate Catering, LLC Established in 2015 , Provides Drop -off and Full Service for all your Catering need. We have maintained a reputation of excellence ...

  • Brunch
  • Order Online
Fast Casual

A Taste of Soul

423 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • Caribbean
  • Southern

We're an Take-out Soul Food Shack. We provide brunch $ dinner! We're open Wednesday- Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.'We Guarantee our Food to be Tasty!' Read ...

  • Order Online
  • Take-out
Full Service

At Eleven Wings and Cuisines

3225 Main St Buffalo, New York 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • American

Soul food restaurant in the heart of Buffalo's University District serving wings in your favorite flavors, cuisines for every taste and best desserts. ...

Fast Casual

Big Mama’s Hustle & Soul

934 Niagara Falls Blvd Buffalo, NY 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Soul Food
  • BBQ

Soul food and barbeque restaurant ...

  • Take-out
Full Service

Brothers Restaurant & Bar

475 Ellicott St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • American

A casual restaurant serving Western NY breakfast, lunch, & Dinner. Breakfast menu is served 8am to 11:30am Lunch & Dinner menu starts at 11:30 ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Catering
  • Take-out
  • Order Online
Full Service

Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC.

6004 Buffalo Ave Niagara Falls, New York 14304 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Soul Food

AWARD WINNING Food Truck bringing you a variety of fresh gourmet sandwiches based on Belgian waffles!! ...

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Fast Casual

Doctor Bird’s Rasta-Rant

3104 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • Caribbean

At Doctor Bird’s Rasta-Rant, you will find a wide variety of your favorite Caribbean food and spices. ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Flavors of Jean

192 Young St Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Soul Food

Flavors of Jean is a one-of-a-kind culinary establishment with a menu inspired by the idea of simple and honest cooking. Starting in 2004, we developed ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Full Service

Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • BBQ
  • Southern
  • American
  • Soul Food

Freddy J's Barbecue is one of Buffalo's best kept secrets, providing soul food with a touch of elegance. ...

  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Full Service

IKE & BG’s Rib House

1646 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Southern
  • Soul Food

It's all about the ribs: half-rack, full-rack, spares, and sides. Take-out only, with a variety of dinner specials ...

  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Order Online
Full Service

Je Ne Sais Quoi

1633, Hertel Avenue, North Park Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

Our company mission is to provide our customers with a memorable experience that combines the elegance of fine dining with nutritious comfort food that ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Patio
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Full Service
Temporarily Closed

LaVerdad Cafe Deli

1194 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206 Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • BBQ
  • American
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Soul Food

Smokehouse, deli and the real deal in home cooking. Try the Mac 'n cheese. La Verdad Cafe is said to be Buffalo’s Best Smoked Bourbon ...

  • Patio
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Take-out

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Fast Casual

Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul

1122 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Soul Food

Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul is focused on creating unique lasagna dishes but plans to expand into more soul food options. Lasagna is ...

  • Lunch
Full Service

Manna @Northland

683 Northland Ave Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

Manna has food for the soul. We serve daily specials, fried or baked chicken and fish, Vegetarian options, fresh baked sweets, and have real chefs creating ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Margie’s Soul Food (Broadway Market)

999 Broadway Buffalo, NY 14212 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

Come get your comfort food fix at Margie's Soul Food! When it comes to quality southern comfort, look no further than Margie's Soul Food. Dedicated to ...

Fast Food

Ms. Goodies

1836 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

Home of the Taste of Buffalo Award Winning "Junkyard Dog" ...

  • Family Friendly
Fast Casual
Temporarily Closed

Myracle’s Restaurant

200 William Street Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

Myracle's is your go-to spot for Grandma's home cooking with a twist. Simply. Good. Food. ...

  • Family Friendly
Catering

Park Vue Soul Food Bar and Restaurant

34 South Crossman Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

We are a family owned Soul Food Restaurant on the East Side of Buffalo. We are located at 34 S a Crossman Ave off of Genesee. ...

  • Family Friendly

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Full Service

PhatCatz of WNY, Inc

965 Kensington Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • American
  • Southern

PhatCatz is a locally owned Restaurant serving comfort foods , Southern Cuisine, Southern Fish Fry and much more ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Pine Hill Halal Market

2286 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14225 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • Halal
  • Seafood
  • Soul Food

We specialize in Fried Fish and Soul food. At Pine Hill Halal Market we serve Shrimp, Catfish, Fried Chicken, Stuffed Tilapia, and more! We're not ...

  • Order Online
Fast Casual

Poize Restaurant and Lounge

2081 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

Poize is WNY's preimer restaurant & lounge. Poize brings a unique elegant & savory twist to traditional American cuisine. ...

  • Bar Area
Full Service

Simply Soul

829 Main St Niagara Falls, New York 14301 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • American
  • Southern
  • Soul Food

Simply Soul is a new restaurant opening soon in Niagara Falls, New York and it's Offering Dine In, Take out, and FREE Delivery! ...

  • Breakfast
  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
Fast Food

Solo Eats

261 E Ferry St Buffalo, New York 14208 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

American, Seafood, Fast Food, Diner, Street Food ...

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
Fast Casual

Sugga D’s

883 Jefferson Avenue Suite D Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • Southern

When you want homemade soul food, you shouldn't have to settle for anything less. You can come to SuggaD's. You'll feel right at home at our soul food ...

  • Take-out
  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly

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Full Service

Sunshine Vegan Eats

893 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Plant-based
  • Soul Food

Amazingly delicious food right in the heart of Buffalo, New York. We provide healthy options, fresh juices, and the best part is everything is plant based! ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

The Flaming Fish

535 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Seafood
  • American
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Soul Food

When you’re craving fresh seafood, but don’t have the time to sit down at a restaurant and eat, we have an alternative option that you might’ve seen ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
  • Patio
  • Healthy Options
  • Lunch
  • Order Online
  • Curbside Pickup
Food Truck / Stand / Cart

The Flaming Fish – Food Truck

It Moves Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Seafood
  • Soul Food

When you're craving fresh seafood, but don't have the time to sit down at a restaurant and eat, we have an alternative option that you might've seen driving ...

  • Take-out
Bar

The Groove Lounge

1210 Broadway St Buffalo, New York 14212 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

The Groove Lounge is Buffalo, New York's Finest Specialty Restaurant doubling as the Metropolitan Area's Hottest Night Spot / Sports Bar! ...

  • Sports Bar
  • Live Music
  • Bar Area
Full Service

The Oakk Room

1435 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14209 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Seafood
  • Soul Food

The Oakk Room is a great place to get together with friends, family, and/or colleagues have a nice meal, and enjoy each others company. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
Catering

The Traphaus

Buffalo Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

Simply put, we cater to your cravings! ...

Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated.

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