A new Harlem-style soul food delivery service with a focus on chicken and waffles will soon be opening in Austin, provided by members of local R&B band Sam Houston & BLK Odyssy. The Soul House will start delivering groceries on Monday June 22nd.
“Harlem-style soul food is a time when our culture was celebrated and other cultures celebrated,” said co-owner Sam Houston, a black New Jersey singer who is the band’s lead singer. He was inspired by restaurants like the Wells Supper Club, a New York restaurant that was lauded for its chicken and waffles from the 1930s to 1980s, and Roscoe’s Los Angeles Chicken and Waffle Institution.
With Soul House, Houston aims to bring people together amid the protests in support of black communities and against police brutality. One of Houston’s brothers was killed by police in 2010.
“The motivation behind this idea was based on a desire to create more inclusion and harmony between gaps in cultures,” said Houston. “We see nothing better than the community that shares the love of soul food and discusses and explores ways to create an environment in which we can celebrate each other for our differences.”
The menu includes fried chicken (a mix of six spices, a 12-hour salt solution, and a hot honey icing), thin waffles, and side dishes like mac and cheese, candied yams, corn bread, and green garlic beans. The recipes come from Houston, who has also worked in several kitchens in New York and New Jersey. Check out the full menu below.
Houston teamed up with his band members Jay Houston (who is also his brother) and Alejandro Rios for the restaurant. The group plans to post a new video on the first day of the delivery service. They are also looking for a permanent physical location in the city.
Customers can pre-order for delivery on Monday June 22nd through the website or by calling (201) 285-9388. Soul House is served for brunch and dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays.
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The Soul House menu The Soul House [Official]