What inspired us to open a restaurant was the community. At the time there were only a few restaurants that claimed to be soul food and most of them were overpriced when it came to their flavor and quality. There were only a few eateries to choose from within walking distance; pizza spot, Chinese and other corner store foods. The community that surrounds us is full of college kids and middle to low-income workers and quite frankly most people don’t cook routinely these days. Eating out every day can take a toll on the wallet and the body of you aren’t incorporating a healthy diet and so we decided to give the community another option, healthier soul food. When we say healthier it’s not just because we have vegan and vegetarian options which include our meatless sides, but our many efforts in reducing calorie intake. We don’t publicize it but we give all of the same flavors people are accustomed to with a holistic approach. After some time the closest grocery store in the area was closed and people had even less options to be self-sufficient within reason. So we added a food drive that you can see on our Facebook page. We currently do them once a month but hopefully with the help of the city we will get back to once a week. As for the bigger or fancier restaurants, we really aren’t in competition. They cater to their crowd and we have yours. Of course, we would love to one day be bigger and offer an exquisite dining experience but for now we are mainly takeout and catering. We do have a few other surprises, mainly events, planned for the next year or so and hopefully the community and tourist take notice. Here at Eastside Soul Food we are a business that’s here to help the community in as many ways as we possibly can. Weather that’s through food, household goods or even advertising what needs to be displayed. We hope that everyone that visits leaves feeling better than when they arrived.
– Message from owner, Mr. Brooks Harrison