If you live in The San Fernando Valley, you probably know to get any kind of decent southern food, you're going to have to hop in your ride and head down to Roscoe's in Hollywood, M & M's or Aunt Rosa Lee's Mississippi Soul Food (say that 10 times fast) in South L.A.
One day, I was off on an adventure to grab my brother-in-law's birthday gift of a root beer that is made in the Northwest, and when I went to get it from a specialty store in Northridge, I saw a restaurant with the name The Soul Station in the same complex.
I was baffled at first, since I had never seen a soul food place in the heart of the Valley, which led to my curiosity to try it...
When I walked in, I got a feel of an upper scale restaurant that was beautifully decorated, with an intimate ambience about it.
Before I tried the food, I spoke to owner Larry Whack who owns The Soul Station with his wife, and wanted to know more about how the restaurant came to be...
- Whack, a native of Washington D.C., wanted a business for him and his wife to run together.
- The recipes from the food come from Whack's grandmother.
- There is a stage at the restaurant for performances, from music to comedy.
Now to the food...
I ordered the two-piece fried chicken meal with a breast, thigh, macaroni and cheese, collared greens, and corn bread.
The food was SO good, it never had a chance, the chicken was moist and the batter had a fluffy crisp to it, which went well with hot sauce and ketchup. The greens were cooked perfectly, nice and soft with great flavor. The macaroni cheese was hot from the oven, cooked the way same way I had it in New Orleans. And the corn bread? Unlike any cornbread I've ever tried, with a sweet taste, of a cinnamon or honey taste to every bite. It wasn't dry like most cornbread, but moist until the last bite!
They have a vast menu, and next time I go, I want to try the waffles, Po Boy's and more chicken with their array of sides...
The Soul Station is located at 9524 Nordhoff Street in Northridge. They are closed on Monday's and for questions you can contact them at 818.349.8500.
To visit their website and see their menu, gallery, calendar, and more click here.