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The Best Soul Food in Chicago

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Wishbone Restaurant is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

1. Wishbone Restaurant

9.2
1001 W Washington Blvd (at Morgan), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Near West Side · 85 tips and reviews

Eric V.Eric VanderSchaaf: You can ask for cheese on your home fries and it is AMAZING!!

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Wishbone’s mascot Dolly is the owner’s actual childhood dog. Stop by for fast-service brunch, but also don’t forget to try their signature shrimp & grits, blackened catfish, or smoked beef brisket.

adam k.adam keats: the corn cakes are a brunch must

Feed is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

2. Feed

8.8
2803 W Chicago Ave (at California Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · East Garfield Park · 41 tips and reviews

Joe S.Joe Stainbrook: Fried green tomato benedict is awesome (weekend brunch only)! I get it with ham. Love the hollandaise!

Nicole L.Nicole Lown: The portions here are HUGE! Come hungry…and bring cash!

CheapismCheapism: For Southern comfort food like pulled pork and fried catfish, this casual restaurant is your low-key place. Nightly specials include Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and Pork Chop Night. Read more.

Big Jones is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

3. Big Jones

8.9
5347 N Clark St (btwn W Summerdale Ave & W Balmoral Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Andersonville · 114 tips and reviews

Elizabeth D.Elizabeth Derrico: Awesome brunch, shrimp ‘n grits. ‘nough said.

EaterEater: The Boarding House lunch (with juicy fried chicken) and hearty brunch platters have given Big Jones new life. [Eater 38 Member]

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Housemade lard biscuits come topped with poached eggs and a distinctive cured-and smoked-in-house ham, simmered in Kilgus Farmstead cream and cut into thick slices. Read more.

Table Fifty-Two is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

4. Table Fifty-Two

8.7
52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Near North Side · 75 tips and reviews

Katie W.Katie W.: You must try the mac & cheese side dish -OMG-level amazing. You can thank me later. Oh and the specialty cocktails are pretty rad too.

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Try the fried chicken and waffles from our 100 Best list: The chance to eat Art Smith’s incomparable fried chicken from the dinner menu, for breakfast—smothered with Burton’s maple syrup.

Crain's Chicago BusinessCrain’s Chicago Business: A festive, one-of-a-kind Chicago experience, best for less formal celebrations & putting clients at ease. Goat cheese & bacon enrich a fried green tomato Napoleon w/ sun-dried tomato & olive tampenade Read more.

Pearls is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

5. Pearls

8.5
5352 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Edgewater · 5 tips and reviews

Ben L.Ben Lippert: Nice bar staff. The mac & cheese and jambalaya are excellent.

matthew h.matthew hodges: Shrimp grits & whiskey

JeffJeff: Great cocktails.

Chicago's Home Of Chicken & Waffles is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

6. Chicago’s Home Of Chicken & Waffles

8.6
3947 S King Dr (at E Oakwood Blvd.), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Grand Boulevard · 86 tips and reviews

Serious EatsSerious Eats: This is perfectly salted, crunchy, juicy, chicken at its best, and paired with the waffles, you’ve got a combination of food that’s just plain good.

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Popular with locals and visitors, Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles serves soul food up in a stylish dining room.Read more.

Arthur♡♡♡Arthur♡♡♡: The food and service great during my visit. A must try place to eat.

Luella’s Southern Kitchen is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

7. Luella’s Southern Kitchen

8.4
4609 N Lincoln Ave (btwn W Eastwood Ave & W Wilson Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Ravenswood · 16 tips and reviews

Rebecca H.Rebecca Hampton: Great fried green tomatoes blt and catfish tacos. Yummy!

Arielle I.Arielle India: Cozy, inviting interior with exceptional, attentive staff. The food is ridiculous good; don’t let the size food you, you WILL be full. Absolutely try Luella’s. 10/10 for me.

Elise C.Elise Catalanotte: Pancakes, French toast, shrimp and grits, pork belly eggs Benedict

Three Chefs Restaurant is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

8. Three Chefs Restaurant

8.3
8125 S Halsted St (btwn W 81st St & W 82nd St), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Gresham · 16 tips and reviews

Todd B.Todd B: Catfish and rice dinner the best. Light, tasty. Hats off to the chef here!

Tony L. W.Tony L. Wakefield: Just a little slow but worth the wait !!!

Ms A.Ms A: Sweet potato pancakes, catfish, gumbo, philly chicken sandwich are all worth the trip from the burbs!

The Roost Carolina Kitchen is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

9. The Roost Carolina Kitchen

8.6
455 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Fried Chicken Joint · Fulton River District · 16 tips and reviews

Andrew G.Andrew Griesemer: Spicy chicken on Biscuits with Cheddar and pickles. Ridiculously amazing.

Justin R.Justin Rand: When they’re close by get there quick, you don’t want to miss the biscuits and they can run out fast.

Nora B.Nora Benson: Amazing fried chicken biscuit.

The Southern is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

10. The Southern

8.0
1840 W North Ave (btwn Wolcott Ave. & Honore St.), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Bucktown · 107 tips and reviews

Riley B.Riley Bandy: Go with a party of 6 or more and have their fried chicken dinner. The chicken and biscuits are amazing and their staff is fun and helpful.

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: It’s the rooftop deck (covered in a tent in chillier months) and alfresco patio that steal the show at this Wicker Park bar and restaurant. Read more.

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Thought you’d want to know: The Southern has been nominated for Best New Pub Grub in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now! Read more.

MacArthur's Restaurant is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

11. MacArthur’s Restaurant

8.0
5412 W Madison St (btwn N Lotus Ave & N Long Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Austin · 29 tips and reviews

William Q.William Quiñones: I tried the Catfish, chicken with greens and corn and it was good. They have private parking available and the restaurant is clean. Definitively will come back.

William W.William Weaver: Be ready for…The I-tis

Veronica W.Veronica W.: I’m in love with the greens and Mac and cheese!!!

Wishbone North is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

12. Wishbone North

8.2
3300 N Lincoln Ave (at W School St), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Lakeview · 60 tips and reviews

jane w.jane wandless: the fresh spinach omelette is very good, pancakes are yummy & just an overall great atmosphere!

Jackie H.Jackie Hilmes: Love them cheese grits!

Cate C.Cate C.: Food is amazing, lots of naturally gluten free options.

Pearl's Place is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

13. Pearl’s Place

7.7
3901 S Michigan Ave (at E Pershing Rd), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Grand Boulevard · 29 tips and reviews

Melissa O.Melissa OM: Great server, felt like we were with family. New Orleans breakfast was delicious. Excellent fried chicken and sides. Order eggs with cheese – without cheese they’re bland. Delicious peach cobbler.

Pearl's PlacePearl’s Place: Why settle for a “Taste” when you could have it ALL? We’re serving Chicago’s favorite lunch buffet and breakfast all day, in our cool, comfy dining room – topped off with friendly service.

Asala K.Asala Kewii: Jumbo wings and two sides! Plus corny cornbread

6978 Soul Food is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

14. 6978 Soul Food

7.6
6978 North Ave, Oak Park, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Galewood · 17 tips and reviews

Sabrina R.Sabrina Recendez: The catfish, macaroni and cheese, yams, collard greens, and banana pudding are my favorite dinner ever! Full bar, and a beautiful atmosphere make this my favorite soul food spot in Chicagoland.

MsJasinaMsJasina: Like dinner with the fam…

Melony R.Melony Reed: 1 entree, 3 sides, dessert, and a drink for $12.99. They alright with me!

Morrison's Restaurant is one of The 15 Best Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago.

15. Morrison’s Restaurant

7.5
8127 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Gresham · 17 tips and reviews

Juscallme P.Juscallme Philly: Everything delicious but the greens was seasoned very well went great with my smothered pork chops!

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Serving authentic Southern-style soul food, Morrison’s is known for their sizeable portions of comfort food staples from barbeque chicken and meatloaf to ham hocks and rib tips. Read more.

YvonneYvonne: Overrated…. Ive had better soul food.

Ruby’s didn’t Make the list but we love the photo.

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