These local dining spots ‘good for your soul’


    Soul meals “evokes feelings” while you’re consuming it, stated Lyrica Leo, 13, who along with her sisters, Nadira and Zaira, make up the trio, Bourne Sensible. With a hand from their mother, the sisters put together handcrafts plant-based dishes, baked items, drinks and extra in their very own Tallahassee cafe.

    Picture credit score: Bourne Sensible. Sisters Lyrica, Nadira and Zaira Leo.

    “Soul meals might be no matter you interpret it as — there are not any guidelines,” stated Zaira. “It represents your tradition, as nicely.”

    Olean McCaskill, proprietor of the soul meals restaurant, Olean’s Cafe.

    We’re lucky to have a number of eating places that serve soul meals or their very own twist on the beloved, conventional delicacies. “Soul meals is one thing that’s good for your soul, and it makes you’re feeling like house,” stated Olean McCaskill, proprietor of Olean’s Cafe.

    It’s a model of cooking “now related to consolation and decadence, was born out of battle and survival,” Vanessa Hayford wrote in an article titled “Humble Historical past of Soul Meals” for the location “Black Foodie.”

    Picture credit score / TC Bakery. One of many luscious desserts on the Southside bakery.

    Jennifer Younger understands the deep connections. For her, soul meals has been synonymous with household and fellowship.

    “It was all about bringing household collectively for Sunday dinners,” stated Younger, proprietor of TC Bakery on Tallahassee’s Southside. “It was all about fellowship.”

    When she was a bit woman, Younger’s mom and father ran a preferred soul meals restaurant in Tallahassee known as Ma Mary’s Kitchen from 1989 to 1994, in the identical location the place Younger now has her personal bakery. 

    I hope you’ll learn extra about soul meals in my article for Tallahassee Journal. (FYI, my article was written earlier than the opening of Gilliam Sister’s Soul Meals so trying ahead to attempting the restaurant).

    For those who go …

    Olean’s Café

    1605 S. Adams St.

    (850) 521-0259

    TC Bakery

    614 Eugenia St.

    (850) 577-1776

    Bourne Sensible Cafe

    618 McDonnell Drive (at 242 E. Orange Blvd. and store within the Breezeway Market at Railroad Sq. Artwork District)


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