This San Antonio Restaurant Feeds Both the Belly and the Soul
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions are mine.
Soul Food Bistro first hit the scene Easter Sunday of 2014, and is owned by Bishop Alfred Blue and his wife Verron Blue. This restaurant is very interesting, because it is located right next to their church, Family Life Ministries. Soul Food Bistro caters events and functions and the food is set up cafeteria style.
The food can be taken to go or you are welcome to dine in, and the service is impeccable. If you choose to dine in the wait staff is walking around ready to refill your beverage. From the moment we arrived we witnessed the genuine hospitality from the person who greeted us at the door to the wait staff, and the Bishop himself. This wasn’t because I was writing a review, I witnessed this is how they treat all their patrons.
We were served their gumbo, which was piping hot with chicken, blue crab, shrimp, okra, and rice. The gumbo had plenty of ingredients and had just enough kick without being too spicy. I didn’t even need to add hot sauce, and I usually always add hot sauce to my gumbo.
Next we were served a plate with meatloaf, cabbage, corn, and dirty rice. This was home cooking at its finest! The meatloaf was plentiful, no skimping on anything at this restaurant. The meatloaf has a sweet flavor and the cabbage wasn’t overcooked, which really impressed me.
Next plate, we had baked chicken with collard greens, yams, and macaroni and cheese. The baked chicken was so tender it fell off the bone, and the collard greens were seasoned with smoked turkey (for the healthy conscience). Everything was seasoned perfectly and consistently, and I never reached for the salt or pepper. The macaroni and cheese has more cheese than you can imagine, it reminded me of my Grandma’s mac and cheese, the kind of cheese you have to break apart just to eat it.
Last plate was served with oxtails in gravy on rice (oxtails is beef from a cow), corn, and collard greens. These oxtails were so tender they also were falling off the bones. Once again the collard greens were the perfect vegetable to pair up with this delicacy.
They have variety of cakes, cobblers, and pies to choose from on any given day. I had the banana pudding cake, and I’m hooked, this is the moistest cake I’ve ever tried, and if you like banana pudding this is for you.
The meals are approximately $10 per plate, and it comes with one meat, three sides, a roll or cornbread, and if you are dining in you can also order a beverage. I recommend the tea, I don’t know what’s in it, but it’s sweet and delicious! I asked for the recipe, and was told it’s a family secret. They have 10 sides to choose from on the menu each day, and even though the Bishop and his wife don’t actually cook, they are very hands on and very meticulous about the ingredients used in the food, which makes it very consistent.
5814 Rittman Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78218
11-6 PM SUNDAY – WEDNESDAY
11-7 PM THURSDAY
CLOSED FRIDAY AND SATURDAY