Sunday, September 10, 2017

Enjoy Soul Food At 7 Standout Southeast Queens Restaurants - The Remix

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Grilled Chicken and Shrimp at Vibes Restaurant
Today is "Soul Food Sundays" at the Southeast Queens Scoop.  This is an update and remix on an article we did about 3 months back.  Southeast Queens, restaurants are starting to come on strong.  While Harlem is known for it's outstanding soul food restaurants like Amy Ruth's, Chocolat, Mintons, and the legendary Silvias - Southeast Queens is no slouch when it comes to ethnic cuisine and cultural culinary arts.

We have a number of emerging savory soul food eateries that won't disappoint when it comes to serving up the real deal in southern comfort foods.  While there are a good number of these eateries springing up in the area, these 7 standout as soul food places in Southeast Queens we feel confident suggesting to our readers.

1. Vibe Restaurant - This is a trendy attractive soul food spot on Liberty Avenue. We hope it becomes as well known as some of the Uptown and Brooklyn soul food restaurants.  It is the closest thing to the highly respected soul food restaurants in Harlem.

It has a creative ambience and nice presentation of food with some artistic updated versions of traditional soul food staples.  The food at Vibe is really tasty and it is definitely worth visiting to dine or have receptions.  Vibe is located at: 
143-06 Liberty Ave, Jamaica, NY 11435. To checkout their website is click here .  For more info: See our full review  

Smoke BBQ Pit Burgers & Fries
2. Smoke BBQ Pit - This restaurant has a combination of modern jumbo screens but still owns a down home BBQ feel to it too.  The food is tasty southern food and the atmosphere is relaxed.

The service is also pretty good at this restaurant.  The address is: 
129-21 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434. Checkout the website click here . There phone number is: (718) 341-6100

3. Southern Girls Soul Food Restaurant - is a medium sized soul food sit down or catering restaurant with delicious food and outstanding service.  Their server Nissa is extremely gracious and a definite 20%+ tip servicer.  She's outstanding and one of the best waitresses we've ever seen in Queens.

They can fry chicken that is also juicy and very tasty.  The BBQ chicken is the best I've tasted in a soul food restaurant.

Their Corn, Okra, and Tomato gumbo dish is also very tasty although on the sweet side as are the candied yams.  They have an attractive restaurant and catering hall that you can bring family members and business clients.

If you love southern food you gotta make a stop at Southern Girls Soul Food Restaurant. Their location is 
218-28 Merrick Blvd Laurelton Ny 11413.  And for their website and menu click here

Food At Southern Girls Restaurant
Inside Southern Girls Restaurant
4. Thomasina's Catering Hall (for Sunday Brunch) - this is an attractive catering hall that does great Sunday brunches.  The Sunday brunch foods usually features soul food staples like fried fish and chicken, yams, collard greens, and salad.

This establishment usually showcases live entertainment and they have nice desserts as well during Sunday Brunches. The address is: 
205-35 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11412.

You can reach Thomasina's website for more info if you just click here. Also to read a full review on Thomasina's Catering Hall's Sunday brunches click here.

5. Burgundy Cafe - Is a small quaint soul food place with tasty soul food on Hillside Avenue near Parsons Blvd. It is small but we suspect they do a good delivery business because the food is very satisfying.  The fried chicken and mac and cheese are enjoyable at this eatery with limited seating.

If you are around Jamaica Avenue, and want to get some good soul food, after shopping or cultural events, you have to checkout this compact soulfood enclave. It does have a few seats.  The food is good.

This spot just shows "good things really do come in small packages."  The address is: 153-35 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432. Call: (347) 475-0187

Inside Burgundy Restaurant Seeing the Wall of Fame
6. Maxine's Takeout - This is a very good soul food spot.  And probably it's the go to takeout place for soul food in the St. Albans, Queens area.  It has a few places to sit but is primarily a takeout place.  We don't think they deliver even with Uber Eats yet.

You can call to find out. They have a good deal with their 4 piece chicken dinners with two sides.  Also their chicken wings dishes are superb.  This is a great place to order.  Their address is: 
113-33 Farmers Blvd, St. Albans, NY 11412.  Call (718) 465-9812.

7. Seamorhen Fish & Chips - this is a hidden gem to eat soul food cuisine on the border of St. Albans and Hollis Queens.  It looks like a small no frills takeout restaurant but the food delivers big time.  The service is also very friendly and courteous in this fish and chips haven.

We were happily surprised at the quality of the food.  The Turkey Wings are also amazing at Seamorhen.  You definitely want to visit them for takeout, in the area, or stop in for a quick meal with one or two people.

Visit them at: 190-7 109th Rd, St. Albans, NY 11412 or Call them at: (718) 217-8100

Bonus Section:  Healthy Soul Food Options

Austin's Nothing Fried - Is a healthy option on soul food that just opened up on Linden Blvd, in St. Albans.  They do soul food but without the frying.

It has a nice decor and seating for maybe a dozen people or more.  We like them because they offer us healthy options with soul food.  They also are very pleasant.

Their food prices are very affordable and community friendly. They also have good desserts. They are a work in progress and we wish them well. Their address is: 
196-11 Linden Blvd, St. Albans, NY 11412.  Call:  (347) 894-9058

The Juice Bar at Vital Health Foods
Vital Health Foods (Juice Bar) - This is our wild card on soul food. It offers vegetarian spin offs on cultural dishes that are staples in the Caribbean, soul food, and classic American foods styles.

They have vegetarian burgers, fish, chicken and ribs vegan dishes and other healthy food choices.  If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or just healthy eater you have to try their juice bar stocked with nutritious foods and beverages.  For more info on Vital please Read our full review

Their address is: 196-14 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11412. Their phone number is: (718) 525-0992.

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