Here’s where you can get some of the best Southern comfort food in Houston

June marks the celebration of food — soul food, that is.

Having originated right here in the South, soul food is a creative representation of what African slaves were capable of making to feed themselves. These recipes were passed down and became what families eat today: smothered oxtail, fried chicken and black-eyed peas. 

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June is National Soul Food Month and with the Bayou City’s diverse cuisine, there are almost too many places to name to get some of the best soul food in Houston. 

Here’s Chron’s guide to soul food in the city of Houston. 

Houston’s This Is It! has a motto: “where every meal gives you a Sunday feel.” You’ll for sure get a down-home meal from this soul food staple. If you pay a visit to This Is It, be sure to try smothered pork chops or the catfish plate. 

2712 Blodgett St.

Alfreda’s Soul Food is soul food with a little bit of history behind it. The Third Ward diner marks the longest-standing soul food restaurant in Third Ward, Museum District, Midtown and West of 288 Freeway. Alfreda’s Soul Food offers more than just your regular soul food options, the restaurant has delicacies like turkey wings and smothered beef steak. 

5101 Almeda Road

Mikki’s Soul Food Cafe is the go-to spot in Southwest Houston for old-fashioned home cooking. Mikki’s Soul Food is family-owned and operated, so you’ll be sure to feel a familial atmosphere when you enter the restaurant. The restaurant’s most beloved dishes are the oxtails, ham hocks and chicken fried chicken. 

10500 W Bellfort Ave. #100.

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Cooking With Flavour offers soul food with a modern twist — you’ll get your go-to staples like oxtails, but you’ll also find fusion offerings like fried chicken and french toast, as well as its widely admired desserts like peach cobbler egg rolls.  

6502 Dixie Drive.

The Greasy Spoon is the perfect blend of the love between neighboring states Louisiana and Texas. You’ll find its most prized dishes are likely in the seafood department. The Greasy Spoon must-haves are the Cajun jambalaya pasta and blackened catfish Opelousas. 

636 Cypress Station Drive, Suite A.

Offering a unique twist on Southern soul food, Soul Food Vegan provides a tasty-yet-healthy twist on some of the Southern front-runners. The restaurant showcases its flavorful plant-based foods like gumbo, boudin balls and jambalaya.

2901 Emancipation Ave.

Another spot offering a blend of Cajun flavor, NaWels Cajun & Soul Food may fly under the radar, but the food packs a punch. Its boiled and fried seafood dishes don’t miss, and you can’t stop by NaWels without grabbing some of the delicious funnel cake. 

10101 Bissonnet St.