What Exactly Is Soul Food?

More so than any other country on Earth, the United States is comprised of at least one person from every conceivable culture on Earth… We truly live up to the metaphor of being a “melting pot”. New immigrants found themselves in a new land, with new customs and traditions; many of them brought local recipes and cooking styles with them from their homeland to remind them of what they left behind.

Factually speaking, many ancestors of our current African American population didn’t come here by choice, but as they eked out an existence, they utilized local ingredients and developed new cooking methods that allowed them to eat well and put the overwhelming difficulties they faced aside, if only for a little while.

Once freed, many African Americans moved throughout the country, bringing their recipes with them, although this was not without its own, new set of challenges. At first, these recipes were kept amongst African Americans in their own neighborhoods due to crippling segregation policies. But the Civil Rights Movement, culminating with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, made sure that Thomas Jefferson’s five little words in the Declaration of Independence, “All men are created equal” finally rang true without any stipulations.

It was at this point in time that the term Soul Food first came into existence. It serves to acknowledge all aspects of African American culinary heritage that was finally free to be enjoyed by all Americans. Today, Georgia’s Restaurant offers a menu full of lovingly preserved family recipes that embody the best Soul and Comfort foods that the deep South had to offer.

Our founder, Gretchen Shoemaker, puts it more elegantly and succinctly. She would tell you soul food is, “The food you get when you cook with your whole heart and soul.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Come dine with us at one of the best places to eat in Anaheim… Georgia’s Restaurant at 440 South Anaheim Blvd. #209A.