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Old 04-24-2012, 02:23 PM
 
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We're moving back to Minnesota from Oklahoma next week. After years down here and all across the south, I know I'm going to miss the food. Although I do love my lefse and pickled herring, I'm hoping to find some good ole' southern soul food restaurants in the cities. There are also a few things I'm wondering if I'll be able to find fresh or frozen in MN grocery stores.

1)Okra
2)Sweet potatoes (isn't a yam the same thing in MN lingo?)
3)Catfish
4)Chicken fried steak
5)Alligator (don't judge - it's completely yummy - no, I'm not a hick - it's served in a lot of restaurants here).
6) Peach cobbler (I'm sure they serve this all over - just don't remember ever seeing it anywhere in MN)

There's probably more, but I can't think of anything else off the top of my head. Please let me know what's out there in stores and if there are any good soul food restaurants you know of! Thanks!!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn Park (Hennepin)
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The soul/southern food scene here is pretty sad.

There is one Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits on Lake Street. Maybe Dixie's on Grand would qualify but there really are no good southern/soul food restaurants around here that I know.

Minneapolis does have a good overall restaurant scene, just poor offerings when it comes to the stuff you mention.

There are a number of Fish Fry Houses that have good catfish and wings. Plus fried okra.

You can get any of the items you mentioned at the grocery store. We shop at Walmart Supercenter and they have sweet potatoes, collards, and a good selection of Zatarains' rices.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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By most accounts Big Es has excellent authentic soul food.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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I saw Okra and Sweet Potatoes (not yams) at Cub Foods today. I believe Costco sells sweet potatoes in bulk.

There is a restaurant in St. Paul called "Soul Food Heaven", I think they offer everything on your list except alligator.

I don't think I have ever seen alligator in a supermarket or on a restaurant menu in MN. I did like a "gator bites" appetizer at a local place when I lived in FL.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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By most accounts Big Es has excellent authentic soul food.

I looked up Big E, but Google says it's permanently closed.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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I saw Okra and Sweet Potatoes (not yams) at Cub Foods today. I believe Costco sells sweet potatoes in bulk.

There is a restaurant in St. Paul called "Soul Food Heaven", I think they offer everything on your list except alligator.

I don't think I have ever seen alligator in a supermarket or on a restaurant menu in MN. I did like a "gator bites" appetizer at a local place when I lived in FL.

Where is "Soul Food Heaven" located? I can't seem to find it on Google. Yes, gator bites are delish.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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The soul/southern food scene here is pretty sad.

There is one Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits on Lake Street. Maybe Dixie's on Grand would qualify but there really are no good southern/soul food restaurants around here that I know.

Minneapolis does have a good overall restaurant scene, just poor offerings when it comes to the stuff you mention.

There are a number of Fish Fry Houses that have good catfish and wings. Plus fried okra.

You can get any of the items you mentioned at the grocery store. We shop at Walmart Supercenter and they have sweet potatoes, collards, and a good selection of Zatarains' rices.

Yes, it is a sad southern food seen, as I'm noticing. Do you happen to know the names of any of the fisy fry houses? Catfish and fried okra are probably the most important things to me, southern food wise. Lol.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I looked up Big E, but Google says it's permanently closed.
I believe they reopened with a different name. In any case, there still is a popular soul food place at 18th and Nicollet. I drive by it every day and it is open.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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I believe they reopened with a different name. In any case, there still is a popular soul food place at 18th and Nicollet. I drive by it every day and it is open.

Good to hear! I'll have to drive by and check it out! Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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there are 2 soul food places that i can co sign. but they are in north minneapolis. tahtianna's on 4330 lyndale ave. and el amin fishhouse. thats on w broadway .
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