Oakland's soul-food-restaurant per capita is pretty impressive, especially considering its 3,000 miles from the South. That's thanks to a strong African-American culture that's been part of the city's fabric since the founding. With a hunger for fried comfort, we set out to find the most popular spots in Oakland -- and we know that we've missed a bunch. Let us know and we'll add your favorites to the list!

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Got a late-night craving for chicken and waffles? Head over to the Home of Chicken and Waffles in Jack London District. This 60's style diner has an entire menu dedicated to different chicken and waffles combos!

What to Eat: Paiges Palette - 2 Southern Fried Chicken Wings, Egg, and Waffle
Location: 444 Embarcadero West

Lena's Soul Food Cafe

This family-run East Oakland haven claims to fame is the 99-cent portion of the menu, but it's the friendly staff and legit soul food that keeps customers coming back.

What to Eat: Fried Fish and Mac and Cheese
Location: 6403 Foothill Blvd

Lois the Pie Queen

Lois the Pie Queen passed away, but her son continues her legacy by continuing to put out delicious food at their local go-to spot. Come down for breakfast or lunch for pancakes, grits, biscuits, and waffles.

What to Eat: Sweet Potato Pie
Location: 851 60th St

Souley Vegan 

Tamearra Dyson, owner of Souley Vegan has been cooking her signature vegan dishes since the age of 18. Chef Dyson, a vegan from an early age believes in cruelty free eating. Enjoy your usual go-to dishes like gumbo, mac and cheese, and biscuits and gravy but with a vegan spin.

What to Eat: Toasty Burger and Creole Pop’ens
Location: 301 Broadway

Southern Cafe

Down-home Southern eatery serving up fried chicken, oxtails & collard greens for lunch & dinner. Come to Southern Cafe on Sundays for their all-you-can-eat special so that you can try a little of everything!

What to Eat: Turkey Wings, Collard Greens, Mac & Cheese
Location: 2000 MacArthur Blvd.

Prefer solely BBQ? We got you!

Everett & Jones

In 1973 Dorothy Turner Everett opened Oakland's beloved Everett & Jones BBQ & soul-food restaurant. This family-owned business continues to thrive and is a great place for live entertainment!

What to eat: Two Way Combo with Collard Greens
Location: 126 Broadway Ave.

Horn Barbecue

A Bib Gourmand establishment, Horn Barbecue is not one to miss! Its "West Coast'' style of barbecue draws inspiration from Texas, the South, and the chef's own family traditions. The restaurant has become a neighborhood staple. Customers rave about the hot links, pulled pork, beef ribs, brisket, oxtails, and whole ducks served here. Matt Horn, the owner, cooks with the passion and purpose of a chef who knows that he has a responsibility to represent the best of his people. “I am their story,” says Matt. “We are their wildest dreams.” The dream is Horn Barbecue.

What to Eat: Hot link, ribs, and brisket with a side of their potato salad.
Location: 2534 Mandela Parkway

Smokin' Barbecue

Smokin' Woods BBQ offers a variety of smoked meats, including beef brisket, pulled pork, and ribs, as well as sides such as mac and cheese, collard greens, and some of the best cornbread in The Town. Smokin Woods BBQ has a casual and friendly atmosphere, making it a great place to enjoy a meal with friends and family.

What to Eat: Ribs, chicken, and their decadent banana pudding.
Location: 4307 Telegraph Avenue

Roderick’s BBQ

Roderick's BBQ is a must-visit restaurant for anyone looking for delicious and authentic barbecue in Oakland. With a menu featuring classic favorites like brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The restaurant's cozy and welcoming atmosphere, paired with their friendly and attentive service, make for an all-around exceptional dining experience. Whether you're a barbecue aficionado or a first-timer, Roderick's BBQ is sure to leave you satisfied and craving more.

What to Eat: Pulled pork, tri-tip, cajun catfish, and their flavorful greens.
Location: 2708 98th Avenue


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