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Best Places to Eat with Soul

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November 29, 2021
Whether you've got pork ribs or desserts like banana pudding or sweet potato pie on the mind, indulge your cravings for a soul food dish from one of the following AAA Diamond restaurants. AAA inspectors and editors have chosen places to go ranging from seafood shacks to fine Southern cuisine on the East Coast.


New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Fatback Soul Shack

Christiansburg, Virginia
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Fish N' Grill

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Florida Avenue Grill

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Londel's Supper Club

New York, New York
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Mert's Heart & Soul

Charlotte, North Carolina
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You’ll find plenty of home-style favorites and Southern hospitality at this long-time locals' favorite in uptown Charlotte. Entreés like catfish, blackened pork chops, fried chicken, and salmon cakes come with your choice of two sides. Other specialties include shrimp and grits and red beans and rice. You have to try the soul rolls, egg rolls stuffed with black-eyed peas, rice, collard greens and chicken. Lighter appetites can create their own veggie plate from the list of tasty side dishes. Expect a crowd at lunch. Parking is available in the nearby Holiday Inn deck.
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Mel's Cafe

Charlottesville, Virginia
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Sandra's Next Generation

New Haven, Connecticut
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