For this month’s girls’ lunch we headed to Soul Cuisine with Aloha and Spice for some southern soul food. There are not many restaurants that serve southern food around town so I was excited. Who doesn’t love some fried chicken, biscuits and gravy?

Owner/Chef Sean Priester was in the house on Sunday when we went. His take on soul food infuses local ingredients and flavors into classic dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ ribs, gumbo, grits, and po’ boys. And of course the restaurant serves sweet tea with free refills.

Excitement… my Seafood Gumbo & Grits ($18.00) arrives! This dish packs so much flavor from the chunks of shrimp, scallop and sausages, creole spices, and tons of fresh garlic. The grits are a welcome sidekick, offering a chance for your tongue to rest from the punches of flavor of the gumbo. Delicious.

Soul - Seafood Gumbo & Grits ($18.00)

Shrimp and Cheesy Grits ($18.00) with a creamy garlic sauce and drizzled with balsamic reduction.

Soul - Shrimp & Cheesy Grits ($18.00)

Jambalaya ($20.00) with seafood, sausage, and rice. As you can see, the portion sizes are quite generous.

Soul - Jambalaya ($20.00)

And of course, a side order of cornbread ($3.00).

Soul - Cornbread ($3.00/1pc)

Even if you didn’t grow up in the South, you’re sure to become a fan of the food at Soul. Bold, rich flavors and slow cooked meals is what it’s all about.

The restaurant is casual, BYOB, and while there is indoor seating, you order and pay for your food at the counter first. They serve lunch, dinner and a special brunch menu available all day on Sundays.

MENU: View the menus on their website.

Soul – Cuisine with Aloha and Spice
(Corner of Waialae and St. Louis, in the same strip as Sabrina’s and The Fat Greek)
3040 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96826

Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 11:00a-9:00p
Fri & Sat 11:00a-11:00p
Sun 10:30a-8:00p


6 Responses to “Soul”

  1. 1 Er October 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Who would’ve thought something so “exotic” (at least for me ;)) would be so good! I really liked it! Totally would go there again. I’m glad I got the shrimp & cheesy grits…altho I still kinda want to try their fried chicken & sweet potato pancakes…ooo and their mac & cheese! Guess we’ll have to go there again… 🙂

    • 2 honolulueats October 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      So glad you liked it. I’m proud of you – you’ve been pretty adventurous lately. I’ll hold you to the Indian food too! 🙂

  2. 4 Astrid October 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day and all of the teachers in the workroom were a bit jealous of the chunks of chicken, sausage, scallops and shrimp in my jambalaya. We will definitely have to go there again…

    • 5 honolulueats October 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Yeah, that jambalaya was good for 2 meals! And there was so much seafood in it! The first thing hubby said when I saw him after lunch was that I smelled like garlic.

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