Reborn after a five-year hiatus, Southern Cafe still serves the kind of old-school soul food that’ll clog your arteries and inspire sweet hosannas. Perhaps the best reason to visit is a new feature: a lavish all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet, which, for $21.95 a ticket, includes an impressive spread of meats and sides, dessert, and all the fountain soda, iced tea, and mimosas (!) you can drink. The restaurant is best known for its succulent fried chicken, cornmeal-battered fried catfish, and gravy-soaked oxtails, but its array of vegetable sides is just as worthy — especially the wonderfully sweet and smoky boiled cabbage. If you go on a non-buffet night, be prepared to wait: This is slow food — literally — and it takes time the kitchen time to cook everything to order.

— Luke Tsai


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