My wife and I went for the first tmie to Brittons, a new soul food restaurant on Howard Street, and we'd like to heartily recommend the food. It was very crowded when we arrived Friday evening without a reservation (30 minute wait) and I was starved, so we ate at the bar.
We got steamed shrimp appetizer, which was perfectly cooked and had a nice Old Bay seasoning and cocktail sauce with a decent kick; lightly battered fried catfish with mac and cheese; fried chicken with southern-style green beans, and bread pudding for dessert. In the interests of time, let me just say that EVERYTHING was perfectly cooked--moist and well-flavoured, in a classic southern style.
I would add that the restaurant is fairly pricey--entrees in the mid-teens and the sides are extra. Also, our service had its glitches (we didn't get some things we ordered, but we were sitting at the bar). But all in all, I'd recommend it if you ever get the hankering.