Soul food, the classic Southern cuisine that elevates humble ingredients to gastronomic heights, isn’t the only fare being dished at Black-owned restaurants in south Alabama.
The Jamaican Spot in Loxley fires up the spicy fare of its namesake island nation. Places like Foy Superfoods in Mobile and Sherman’s Smoothie Café in Troy promote health and well-being.
Some restaurateurs dishing soul food are big-hearted, too. Drexell and Honeybee’s in Brewton is fighting food insecurity at its donations-only restaurant, where the poor and fiscally comfortable can sit side-by-side enjoying a good hot meal.
But the pandemic and its forced closures has been especially tough on Black-owned restaurants over the last two years. Many have closed. Southern National, the Mobile restaurant that has gained national plaudits, has gone on temporary hiatus.
In honor of Black History Month, SoulGrown spotlights Black-owned restaurants in the southern part of Alabama to support not only this month but year-round. Look for similar compendiums focusing on northern and central parts of the state, as well as the Birmingham area.