Soul food is the quintessence of black culture. At every family gathering – at least at my family gatherings – we always make sure there are turkey wings, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, green beans, pasta salad, potato salad and a whole lot of seafood.
The term “soul food” probably comes from the fact that it brings comfort during dark days. In general, food contains so many flavors that it enhances your dining experience. I have been to many soul food restaurants throughout the South Jersey area which were unforgettable.
If you’re looking for a few restaurants to celebrate Black History Month or African American culture in general, two restaurants come to mind: Kelsey and Kim’s Southern Cafe and Kelsey’s, each located in a different part of Atlantic City .
At Kelsey and Kim, the decor and ambiance are intimate with warm tones. The staff are always served with a smile and are quite welcoming.
Their buffalo wings are perfectly crispy. They had an old southern kick that reminded me of how my mom makes wings with a distinct Louisiana twist. If you’re looking for a classic, I recommend their chicken and waffles. This is one of my favorites and the type of chicken offered is customizable.
If you’re looking to try something more unique, turkey chops are the way to go. The variety of seasonings went together so well it was like Mardi Gras in my mouth. It was topped with salty mac and cheese and sweet cornbread that separated like melted butter.
Kelsey’s holds a special place in my heart. I remember going with my dad as a kid and moving to jazz music playing on the weekends. The atmosphere was almost like a night club. . When I was able to review the menu it did not disappoint. Like Kelsey and Kim’s Southern Cafe, Kelsey’s offers chicken and waffles for those looking for something that doesn’t have a huge amount of spices.
However, if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant and fun, I recommend the southern fried chicken with jasmine rice or green beans, topped with a delicious sauce. Finally, it was topped with an amazing cornbread that I honestly couldn’t get enough of. The experience transported me back in time. The bill only covered about $60 total.
If you’re looking for a great night out, you can’t go wrong with either of these two restaurants. Both are about the same price, however, with Kelsey’s you can also hear amazing music on the weekends. With Kelsey and Kim’s you get an amazing atmosphere. Ultimately, whichever restaurant you choose, you can expect a culture-filled night.
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