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The 5 Best Soul Food Restaurants Near St. Louis

Updated: November 5, 2021

Craving some Southern comfort food? These are our favourite soul food restaurants in St. Louis. We analyzed the top restaurant review sites and leading food blogs for the best soul food spots in St. Louis. So if you're after the best sweet potato pie, fried catfish and grits visit any of these amazing venues.

Find the perfect place

The Shaved Duck

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis, Tower Grove East
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best spots to score soul food in St. Louis

    Hoodline, 2019

Jody B's

St. LouisSt. Louis
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 5.0

OL' Henry Restaurant

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Hodak's

American, $, St. LouisAmerican, $St. Louis, Benton Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

American, $, MaplewoodAmerican, $Maplewood
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How does it work?

We know how tough it is to find the best restaurant in St. Louis. We analyzed 147 lists and articles from top sources like Hoodline, 5278 St. Louis restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. The restaurants you see have been featured in Hoodline - The 5 best spots to score soul food in St. Louis. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • The ideal pairing for fried chicken

    Experts often pair fried chicken with a glass of Champagne, a popular sparkling wine.

  • Pair Tempranillo with fried chicken

    When considering what goes best with fried chicken, we recommend a glass of Tempranillo, it truly complements the dish as it cuts the fat with its tannins.


  • Pale Ale with your fried chicken

    With its bitter flavors, Pale Ale matches a fried chicken really well because it cleanses the palate. You won’t go wrong with this beer.

Interesting facts

  • Think you can handle some McDonald's Chicken McNugget?

    Naddar "FreakEating" Reda holds the record for eating the most McDonald's Chicken McNugget in the world by finishing no fewer than 170 in one sitting. Could you top that?

  • The record holder

    Don’t you hate it when there is not enough food for seconds? This wasn’t a concern when the record was broken for the biggest fried chicken. Weighing in at 2,493 pounds there was more than enough fried chickens to go around!

  • A tasty first

    In Northern Europe, during 1769, the macaroni and cheese was born into culinary history!

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