Thanksgiving is here and with it comes vegetables, beans, candied jams, turkey (roasted and fried), dressing, mac n’ cheese, sweet potato pie, and all the other “fixins” that make the holiday meal probably the tastiest. meal of the year for many African Americans.
We can choose from a wide range of dishes to prepare at home or try to taste these dining options.
For example, the city of Inglewood is hosting a Turkish giveaway on Nov. 23 with special guest Snoop Dogg. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and takes place in Hollywood Park.
The goal is to serve 2,500 Inglewood residents with free turkeys provided by Don Lee Farms.
While many people enjoy preparing and eating that turkey dinner at home, some people prefer to outsource the feast. For those folks, here’s a small sampling of some of the soul food restaurants around the state that will be open on or around Thanksgiving.
ComfortLA (Los Angeles)
In downtown Los Angeles, ComfortLA is the choice for those looking to dine out this holiday, as it is open on Thanksgiving Day.
ComfortLA, located at 1110 E. 7th St., was once a pop-up restaurant founded by Jeremy McBryde and Mark E. Walker.
Focusing on a clean approach to its menu, ComfortLA offers a wide variety of all-natural soul food options.
“We use fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients and healthier cooking methods to create superior Southern cuisine including ‘Cousin Kina’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese,’ ‘Clean Mean Greens,’ and our signature ‘Organic Not Your Average Fried Chicken’ with ‘That Sauce ‘,” reads their website.
They also have a location in Inglewood, although that restaurant is not open on Thanksgiving.
Hotville Chicken (Los Angeles)
Hotville Chicken in Los Angeles is not open on Thanksgiving, but patrons can order ahead and pick up their food on November 24.
Hotville, then known as the BBQ Hot Chicken Shack, was founded by Thornton Prince in 1936 in a segregated part of town. In Thorton’s great-great-niece Kim Prince now runs the family business.
Their website brags about how spicy their chicken is because Thorton’s original recipe focused heavily on fiery flavor.
“If you’ve never heard of Nashville-style hot chicken, it’s definitely time to get familiar,” it reads.
Prince focuses on community because Thorton’s original chicken recipe has “brought people together” even in a divided city.
Hotville is located at 4070 Marlton Ave.
Minnie Bell’s (Emeryville)
Minnie Bell’s — a soul food truck in north Emeryville — may not be open on Thanksgiving, but will be open on the 23rd for those who want to celebrate a little earlier.
Founded by Fernay McPherson in 2013, the “Minnie Bell Soul Movement” is born from a legacy.
“Fernay learned to cook from her great-aunt Minnie and late grandmother Lillie Bell,” the website says. “Fernay’s family came to San Francisco during the Great Migration as part of the resettlement of more than 6 million African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West.”
Minnie Bell’s is located in the Emeryville Public Market at 5959 Shellmound St.
StreetCar (San Diego)
First up is StreetCar in San Diego. On November 24th, they will be celebrating Thanksgiving.
“Bring your friends and family this Thanksgiving for a festive feast,” reads their flyer.
The event is located at 4002 30th St. and will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Founded by Ron Suel and RaVae Smith in 2014, StreetCar specializes in Southern cuisine and offers an all-day brunch menu.
“You’ll find classic Southern dishes and Louisiana favorites,” according to their website.