Southern Food

Fried Chicken to Mac & Cheese: Southern Cuisine in the D


There are many cultural influences when it comes to Detroit’s culinary scene. One influence that you can definitely find in the area is southern cuisine and soul food, and who doesn’t love southern cooking? We may be part of the Midwest, but the South surely makes its presence felt through food in southeast Michigan. Listed below are a few places to find your favorite southern dishes.

Beans and Cornbread

This Southfield establishment is a favorite here in Metro Detroit. The dinner menu offers everything from starters like Firecracker Shrimp to entrees such as Backyard-Style Ribs and B & C’s Fried Chicken. Soups, sandwiches and salads are also available. Beans and Cornbread has a Sunday Brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well.

Steve’s Soul Food

Steve’s Soul Food, located in Downtown Detroit, has been cooking up great southern food since 1986. The menu offers several poultry, pork, beef and seafood options. In addition, Steve’s offers handmade desserts, designed to complement each meal. The restaurant also caters!

Howe’s Bayou

Howe’s Bayou is a Cajun and Creole-inspired restaurant residing in Ferndale. There are a ton of traditional New Orleans favorites on the menu such as po’boys, catfish and Voodoo Chicken. The restaurant also serves cold plates, soups, desserts and more. There are traditional New Orleans cocktails as well!

Bayou Grill

Belleville’s Bayou Grill also cooks up a taste of the Big Easy. The grill allows you to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans right here in Metro Detroit. Cajun Buffalo Wings, Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya and Crawfish Etouffee are just some of the many options on the menu. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day!

Other local options to check out include Urban Soul in Detroit and Erma’s By Lape Soul Food in Warren.

As you can see, southern and soul food influences in Metro Detroit run deep! After all, who could turn down barbecue ribs or fried chicken? I surely do not have that willpower. Now that your mouths are watering, go try one of these local establishments for great southern cooking!