21 Mouth-Watering Places to Get Soul Food In WNY

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Did you know there is a great variety of soul food offered right 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”.

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

Editors note: As we publish this guide, WNY remains in the midst of a phased reopening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We  decided to include all soul food restaurants in the WNY area regardless of their current status in the hopes that all will be reopened soon and this guide will come in handy for a long time to come. That being said, please check with each restaurant specifically for updates on current hours and service availability.

Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com.

 

Photo courtesy of At Eleven Wings & Cuisines

1. At Eleven Wings & Cuisines

3225 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214 / Website / Facebook

(716) 899-2011

A few things from the menu: Cajun Chicken & Shrimp Pasta, Pepper Steak & Rice, Pan Seared Salmon, Honey Cajun Wings

 

Photo courtesy of Jay Salt

2. Brothers Takeout Cafe & Catering

1281 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website / Facebook

(716) 322-0084

A few things from the menu: Brothers Over the Top Fried Chicken, Corned Beef on Rye, Cajun Jambalaya Pasta, Chicken & Waffles, Brothers Stuffed Meatloaf

 

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Soul

3. Buffalo Soul

454 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 14202 / Website / Facebook

(716) 768-8549

A few things from the menu: Fried Haddock Dinner, Fried Chicken Dinner, Fried Pork Chops Dinner, Key to our SOUL, Chicken and Waffles, Mama’s Peppersteak and Rice

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Photo courtesy of Michele DeLuca for Niagara Gazette

4. Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles

6004 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 / Facebook

(716) 564-7161

A few things on the menu: The Big Dirty Combo (Boneless quarter leg, waffle, cheddar, lettuce, tomato), The Clucker (3/4 lb wings, waffle, buttered maple), The Sticky Icky (Boneless thigh, maple-garlic sauce, pickled jalapeno, dirty aioli), Dirty Fries (Hand cut fries, cheddar, dirty sauce, french fried onions, dirty aioli)

 

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5. Je Ne Sais Quoi

1673 & 1633 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website / Facebook

716-440-1065

A few things on the menu: Deluxe Combo (2 ribs, 1 fish, 4 shrimp, 1 chicken), Seafood Platter (Fish, shrimp, scallops, clam strips), Sides (Mac & cheese, yams, rice, coleslaw, tuna salad, green beans, pinto beans, cabbage, corn, potato salad)

 

Jumbo Tiger Shrimp, Grits & Red Velvet Waffles / Photo courtesy of Freddy J’s BBQ

6. Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / Facebook

716-424-2926

A few things on the menu: Jerk Fish Dinner, BBQ Chicken Dinner, Southern Fried Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles, Ox Tail with Rice, BBQ Ribs

 

 

Burnt Ends and Brisket Rice Bowl / Photo courtesy of La Verdad Cafe
Burnt Ends and Brisket Rice Bowl / Photo courtesy of La Verdad Cafe

7. La Verdad Cafe 

1132 East Lovejoy, Buffalo, NY 14206 / Facebook

716-768-3150

A few things on the menu: The Stretch Mark Brisket Sandwich, Mac & Cheese, Burnt Ends Sandwich

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Photo courtesy of J. Daviyion

8. Manna @ Northland 

683 Northland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211 / Website / Facebook

716-253-2100

A few things on the menu: Fish & Grits, Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles

 

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9. PhatCatz of WNY, Inc.

965 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215 / Facebook

716-235-8549

A few things on the menu: Southern Fried Chicken, BBQ Shrimp, Breaded Fried Okra, Fried Pork Chop

 

Photo courtesy of The Oakk Room

10. The Oakk Room

1435 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14209 / Website / Facebook

716-771-2773

A few things from the menu: Chicken & Waffles, Fish & Grits, Fried Chicken, Fried Pork Chop

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Bourbon Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese and Broccoli / Photo courtesy of The Traphaus

11. The Traphaus

Facebook

716-316-0094

A few things on the menu: Fried Chicken, Jerk Chicken Alfredo, Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

 

Photo courtesy of Sugga D’s

12. Sugga D’s

883 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204 / Facebook

716-768-1361

A few things on the menu: Chicken Dinner, Fish Dinner, Rib Dinner

 

Photo courtesy of The Groove Lounge

13. Groove Lounge Cafe

1210 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212 / Website / Facebook

716-939-3149

A few things on the menu: Soul Food Dinner, Chicken & Waffles, Fish Dinner, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

 

Photo courtesy of Park Vue

14. Park Vue Soul Food

34 S Crossman St, Buffalo, NY 14211 / Facebook

716-783-7437

A few things on the menu: Fried Chicken, Haddock, Pork Chop Dinner, Chicken Hoagie

 

Photo courtesy of The Buffalo News

15. Margie’s Soul Food

999 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212

716-321-0173

A few things on the menu: Fried Chicken Wings, Mac & Cheese, Ox Tail

 

Fried Pork Chop Dinner / Photo courtesy of Myracle Catering

16. Myracle Catering

200 William St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / Facebook

716-248-1228

A few things on the menu: Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Cabbage, Fried Corn

 

Photo courtesy of Erin S.

17. Sophisticated Soul

2227 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14211 / Facebook

716-248-2667

A few things on the menu: Fried Chicken Dinner, BBQ Rib Sandwich, Chicken & Rib Dinner

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Photo courtesy of April Gaskin

18. The Soul Place

479 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / Facebook

716-248-2644

A few things on the menu: Fried Chicken, Pork Chops, Ham Steak, Fish

 

Photo courtesy of The Fire Spot

19. The Fire Spot

3300 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215 / Facebook

A few things on the menu: Chicken & Grits, Fish & Grits, Chicken Dinner, Tid Bit Dinner

Photo courtesy of Sharon Cantillon of the Buffalo News

20. Mattie’s

1412 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211 / Website

A few things on the menu: Chicken & Waffles, Fried Chicken Dinner, Corned Beef Hash

 

21. Ms. Goodies

1836 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211 / Facebook

A few things on the menu: Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Grits, and Soul Food Friday

 

Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com.

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