Oaklands 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. Without further ado, heres the fried chicken, yam, and mac n cheese tour of Oakland.

Brown Sugar Kitchen

2534 Mandela Pkwy

Stop into Tanya Hollands West Oakland eatery for her famed soul food. She may have grown up in New York and trained in France but shes all Oakland now. BSK prides itself on cooking with locally grown and organic materials.

What to eat: Fried Chicken & Waffles


2295 Broadway

This Uptown hot spot isn't your traditional soul food joint; think upscale dining meets California cuisine meets Southern comfort food. It's a truly unique dining experience, with a great weekday happy hour (3-6). They call it the Ultimate Southern Social Hour and you need to be sipping a Pican Punch.

What to eat: NOLA Jambalaya Risotto

Southern Caf

2000 MacArthur

Traditional southern food, done right. This no fuss restaurant excels at almost everything it does so it's hard for us to tell you one thing to get. Luckily they offer a buffet on Sundays, which is when you should go so you can sample everything!

What to eat: If you're making us choose - were saying Oxtails.

Miss Ollies

901 Washington St

A different spin on soul food, this time from the Caribbean and served counter-style. Enjoy the island vibes and the smiling faces.

What to eat: Skillet friend chicken

Lenas Soul Food Caf

6403 Foothill Blvd

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

What to eat: Fried fish and mac and cheese

Home of Chicken and Waffles

444 Embarcadero West

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

What to eat: Paiges Palette - 2 Southern friend chicken wings, 1 egg, 1 waffle

Souley Vegan

301 Broadway

Who says soul food has to be porky and belly busting? Not Souley Vegan, where Louisiana-style fried tofu tastes like chicken.

What to eat: Southern friend tofu bowl.