Food Paradise: Soul Food Paradise

Travel Channel is dishing out comfort food that's good for the belly and the soul, from the rib-sticking, gravy-smothered oxtails in Houston, to crispy fried catfish in Memphis, to hot spicy Gumbo in New Orleans.

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Mary Mac's Tea Room, Atlanta, GA
Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta knows that the best way to keep their diners happy is to give them a little taste of everything with their All You Can Eat Southern Special -- an unlimited offering of any 3 entrees and any 3 sides. 960 1280

  

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac’s menu is full of great Southern classics, but its family-style soul food feast makes it one of the best restaurants around. 960 1280

  

K-Paul's

K-Paul's

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans has been serving up heart-warming home cooking since 1979. 960 1280

  

K-Paul's

K-Paul's

Although his blackening technique put Chef Paul on the map as an international sensation, there is another item on the menu that many loyal customers hold with higher esteem -- the gumbo. 960 1280

  

K-Paul's

K-Paul's

One of the soul food delights on K-Paul's menu is Chef Paul's famous blackened drum. 960 1280

  

This Is It

This Is It

From mac and cheese and oxtails to pork chops and ribs, there’s only one spot to get your soul food fix -- This Is It in Houston. 960 1280

  

This Is It

This Is It

The top dish at This Is It is the gravy-smothered oxtails. 960 1280

  

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant in Memphis, TN, dishes up everything from cornbread and turnip greens to fried green tomatoes and candied yams. 960 1280

  

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant

The food at The Four Way is made from scratch each day by its seasoned cooks. 960 1280

  

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant

With plenty of foods to feed your soul, you can bet The Four Way will be churning out full bellies and big smiles for decades to come. 960 1280

  

Martha Lou's Kitchen

Martha Lou's Kitchen

The dishes at The Holy City's staple, Martha Lou's Kitchen in Charleston, SC, are as good for the belly as they are for the soul. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

In 1976, Mama Dip opened her own place with merely $64. Since then, her business has expanded to a new, bigger location in Chapel Hill, NC, custom-built for Mama Dip in 1999. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

A country favorite at Mama Dip's is its crispy fried okra. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

When you come to Mama Dips, don't forget to sink your teeth into its decadently seasoned fried chicken. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Nothing finishes off a country cookin’ feast like Mama Dip’s delicious pecan pie. 960 1280

  

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Nigerian-born-and-Jamaican-raised chef Esther Mbaikambey serves up soul food that traces its roots to Africa and the Caribbean at her Phoenix-based restaurant, Fu-Fu Cuisine. 960 1280

  

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu’s impressive menu is a joyful union of beloved African dishes and Caribbean staples. Chef Esther’s most popular offering -- the spicy jerk chicken -- is a perfect combo of these 2 culinary traditions. 960 1280

  

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu Cuisine

For the complete African-Caribbean-infused experience, don’t miss a healthy helping of Fu-Fu’s namesake dish -- fufu, a sticky, starchy staple that is as important to Africans as pasta is to Italians. 960 1280

  

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