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San Pablo: New owner for Chris' Soul Food Kitchen

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San Pablo: New owner for Chris' Soul Food Kitchen

rworange | Jun 12, 2008 01:24 PM

There were a few new signs in the window about extended hours and 'soul food'. So I finally stopped by today.

A new owner took over in February but the menu is the same. Seems like the cook is the same.

There are a few new items on the menu. Today there were two specials - meat loaf and oxtails. There are now ribs and bbq chicken on the menu. On Sunday the have hot water corn bread. I think the roasted peanuts are new.

It was too hot to eat much so I got a side of mac and cheese and the regular corn bread. The corn bread was free because it was from yesterday and today's was still in the oven. Difficult to say about the corn bread. It had butter in it but they nuked it to warm it up so by time I got to it, it had solidified. Seems promising. If you stop by tell them not to heat the cornbread.

The mac and cheese was a nice homey version. I'm guessing longhorn cheese, milk and lots of butter. Good comfort food and it makes me want to check out the meat loaf.

I did a report a few years ago about Chris' that got lost in when the software was updated. It opened in the late 60's and was run by a mother and her son. It looks like an old-fashioned Southern soul food restaurant. There's a counter with five red stools and a half dozen booths.

They make Southern pies and cakes like 7 UP, but they must be ordered ahead.

The hours under the former owners never jived with mine ... they closed early ... so I never made it back until today.

This is nothing fancy. It is straight-forward soul food ... we ain't talking Brown Sugar Kitchen or even Nellie's. A good place for a decent home-style meal if you live in the neighborhood and have a craving.

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Chris' Soul Food Kitchen
1260 Rumrill Blvd, San Pablo, CA 94806

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