soul food


Definition of soul food

: food (such as chitterlings, ham hocks, and collard greens) traditionally eaten by southern black Americans

Examples of soul food in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mathis, 59, parked his Rolls-Royce Friday evening at Flood’s Bar and Grille, a soul food restaurant in Detroit, Mich. Fox News, "Celebrity judge Greg Mathis accused of spitting on valet driver outside Detroit restaurant: report," 29 Aug. 2019 The soul food restaurant’s flagship location spent 13 years in the Tenderloin before closing in late 2018. Justin Phillips,, "Isla Vida closes in San Francisco’s Fillmore," 5 Aug. 2019 Some chefs take liberties with what could be called Soviet soul food. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "Want a charming Nordic city without the corresponding prices? Try Estonia’s Tallinn.," 29 Aug. 2019 SI Fish & More nearby is the soul food spot to ready your body for fall. New York Times, "A Very Full Day at Snug Harbor on Staten Island (and Where to Eat and Drink Nearby)," 28 Aug. 2019 My friend from Tennessee once told me that red Kool-Aid is the only proper beverage pairing for soul food. Amy Drew Thompson,, "South in your mouth at Apopka’s Southern Deli | Review," 26 Aug. 2019 Kitchen collaboration My mom was more of a soul food cook, and definitely comfort food. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "BeBe’s food truck, a tribute to owner’s late mother, is known for its Italian beef," 23 Aug. 2019 Barbecue and soul food and the single finest restaurant in America, according to James Beard. John Archibald |, al, "A city built on a bun," 4 Aug. 2019 Donuts are the soul food of a place that is often accused of lacking a soul. The Economist, "How donuts fuelled the American Dream," 26 July 2019

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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12 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of soul food

: the type of food traditionally eaten by African-Americans in the southern U.S.

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