Saturday, December 2, 2017

Two talented chefs create the best little soul food restaurant in the west

Soul is still special the second time around 
Patti Pietschmann

Festive holiday decor, a table of happy diners softly singing lovely songs, hipsters sipping happy hour drinks and others eagerly sinking their teeth into some of the best southern-style cuisine this side of the of the country.  We're talking dinner at Soul Hollywood Restaurant--the creation of a pair of clever chefs,
Adorable and ebullient Yealang Smith (pictured left) and equally cute Giulian Jones

You must have wine to truly enjoy Soul's foodie delights and the menu offers perfect pairings beside each dish. We stuck with the Licco Chard but next visit will pair with courses for sure. They have lots of wines available.

Hurry and book your table as this restaurant could quickly become the heart and soul of Hollywood and hard to get into once the A-list hears about it.  After all Yealang once had a catering company that fed such famous faces as Toni Braxton, Snoop Dog, Master P, TLC and many others such as Eddie Murphy. 

Was that Whoopie

Last night the stylish upstairs loft and downstairs rooms were buzzing, we might have even spotted Whoopie Goldberg, not sure but she was a dead ringer for the star. Anyhow even Yealang's family was in house (they're the ones that provided some background vocals that truly set a souful scene).

We first dined at Soul shortly after it opened in August this year and we were blown away by the food. Well the second visit didn't disappoint. Every dish was remarkable from the BBQ plate of tender pork ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket, halibut, fried chicken, succotash and to the soy milk and cookies:


Halibut on pureed cauliflower and impossibly tasty housemade corn bread




Talk about southern comfort, what's more soothing than cookies and milk
Soul's food is fairly-priced at just $24 for fresh, wild halibut, salads for $12 and $13, cornbread is $7 and easily serves four, a choice rib eye with poached lobster tail however will set you back  a well-worth $38.

You must have wine to truly enjoy Soul's foodie delights and the menu offers perfect pairings beside each dish. Soul is good anytime but it has a very special vibes this time of year. And since Soul opened a steady stream of celebs have been there.   After all Yealang once had a catering company that fed such famous faces as Toni Braxton, Snoop Dog, Master P, TLC and many others such as Eddie Murphy. 

Soul is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  dinner daily. There's happy hour every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. til closing and an ab fab weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Special deals and discounts

Live Music To Feed Your Soul  go to Calendar of Events - @soul_hollywood

 Monday: Hospitality Industry Night show your business card or employee ID to receive 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and 10% off liquor, beer and wine

Tuesday: All day happy  hour


 Wednesday: half-price bottled Wine + $2 off Wine by the glass
(applies to select bottles only)

Thursday: Hollywood Locals Day--Show proof of residence to receive 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and 10% off liquor, beer, and wine

Soul is located at 7046 Hollywood Blvd., next to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.