Although it’s pretty far removed from Oakland’s main commercial hubs, Soul’s is one of the biggest — and nicest — soul food restaurants in town, with plush upholstered seating, a private banquet room, and its own parking lot. The food, meanwhile, is the real deal, like what someone’s grandma would serve in Georgia or Louisiana: excellent fried chicken, perfectly cooked collard greens, unctuous oxtails, and Thanksgiving-worthy sweet yams. Prices are affordable, and portions are enormous — especially if you come on Sundays, when there’s a sumptuous buffet spread ($10.95 for breakfast, $18.95 for dinner). Just to be clear: For a little more than ten bucks, you get all-you-can-eat fried chicken wings, and they’re delicious. That alone should be enough to get thee to East Oakland on a Sunday morning.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, Mastercard, VISA
On Sundays, the breakfast buffet goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the dinner buffet is from 2 to 7 p.m.