New Dallas soul food restaurant promises made-from-scratch comforts
There's a great new restaurant opening in southwest Dallas with some serious comfort food, made from scratch. CalledSoul 2 Soul Southern Kitchen, it promises to "continue the tradition of this African-American legacy called 'Soul Food.'"
Soul 2 Soul is a family-run mom-and-pop from Latasha and Derick Williams, who moved to Dallas from Mississippi. It's located at 4001 W. Wheatland Rd. at Route 67 near Methodist Hospital, in what used to be Pancho's Mexican Buffet, and it opens June 12.
Family is a big part of what they do, including family recipes that serve as the basis of their menu of Southern dishes. Those include:
- Fannie's famous fried catfish in a corn meal crust
- tender beef tips and gravy with rice
- slow-cooked oxtails
- Southern fried chicken
- pot roast with gravy and mashed potatoes
- pork chops, which you can get marinated in their special sauce and fried or baked
Desserts include peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, and banana pudding with a meringue crust.
The "Frannie" in their fried catfish is Derick's grandmother, and it's Latasha's family recipe for their mac & cheese. "Once you taste it, you're going to want it all the time," she says.
They do a special feature of barbecue every Friday, plus daily specials Tuesdays-Fridays for $8.99 with dishes such as tetrazzini, smothered pork steak, and baked spaghetti.
They'll be open for lunch and dinner, closing a little early on weekend nights, and eventually add breakfast.
The grand opening begins June 12 and with a celebration that lasts all weekend long.
"Our recipes originated from our grandparents," Latasha says. "We follow the example they set of doing everything from scratch: cutting up fresh peaches for our cobbler, putting ham hocks in our greens, making the dressings, the cornbread — there's so much when it comes to soul food."
"You can't rush soul food," she says. "You have to take your time."