Soul Central: Southern Home Cooking Indeed!!
2903 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC, 28205
Hours of Operation:
There’s Soul Food in Plaza Midwood Ya’ll!
So during my stint in Uptown Charlotte, I would walk with several colleagues to Lola’s on Brevard. You remember Lola’s, that spot that stayed packed with everyone in there for the delicious soul food and great customer service. When word got out that Lola’s was closing, we were stunned, as it was so abrupt, and in all those loyal customers’ minds was “are you going to reopen?” “Where are we going to get that type of good soul food again?” Well, after almost ten years at the popular Lola’s on Brevard, Chef David Ragoonath and his business partner Joe Mahaboob took the plunge and created Soul Central in Plaza Midwood. While Chef David has been cooking for past twenty five years with experience with traditional West Indian dishes from Trinidad to Delis of New York finally to Charlotte BBQ restaurants and then Soul Food from Lola’s and now Soul Central, the dishes did not disappoint!
We found them on Central Avenue, and was surprised to see that all too familiar face. Chef David smiled when we walked in, and after catching up on what happened after Lola’s closing, we got the meat of the matter…literally! The pot is small and comfortable, allowing two to three spots to sit at inside and two outside, but the main focus is on the food that Soul Central serves, which is cafeteria style, laid out for you to choose.
With a special that consists of meat, two sides, corn bread and sweet tea for just $9.00, customers and friends visiting can choose from Baked Chicken, Meatloaf, Pork Chops just to name a few of the meats, and mouth drooling sides such as sweet potatoes, green beans, collards, mashed potatoes, dirty rice mac and cheese, yams and some melt in your mouth cornbread (regular & jalapeno) then grab a tea or lemonade you will step back for a minute and ask yourself “should I get one plate or two?”
Chef David stated “our mission is to bring excellent tasting Southern Food to Charlotteans at a reasonable cost.” I can honestly say that this new spot nestled on Central Avenue will become so popular and give consistently great food that they will have to open another one!
So go check them out. I give them a 5 out of 5. Tell em Urban Tymes sent you!