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Auntie Betty’s Cafe Soul food your taste buds and waistline can both love

Auntie Betty’s Cafe

19601 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48223
  • Neighborhood: Northwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available
  • Hours: Mon: CLOSED
    Tue-Thu: 11:30AM - 10PM
    Fri-Sat: 11:30AM - 10:30PM
    Sun: 1PM - 9:30PM
  • Phone: (313) 537-6050
  • Social: FACEBOOK

Tags: soul food, Grandmont-Rosedale, fried chicken, mac and cheese, aunt-bettys-cafe, turkey-ribs, pork-chops

When we think of soul food, we usually picture comforting, gut-busting dishes that have been fried or smothered in gravy. Food that is a dream for our taste buds, but less kind to our waistline.

One cafe on Detroit’s northwest side is shattering these stereotypes. Auntie Betty’s Cafe in Grandmont-Rosedale has been feeding hungry Detroiters healthy soul food for more than a decade.

Owner Betty Neal has been in the food business for more than 20 years, running a successful catering business before opening her brick and mortar cafe. Her unique twist on soul food highlights recipes that are packed with flavor but light on fat and sodium.

The signature item you must try is a plate of barbecued turkey ribs. They’re not actually ribs at all, but they sure taste like it. A relatively new concept on the food scene, they’re made using bone-in cuts from all parts of the turkey. The pieces are marinated, grilled, then slathered with a wonderful house-made barbecue sauce. You can gobble up as many as you like without feeling guilty.

A perch or catfish sandwich makes for a light but filling lunch. Or go for one of their chicken dinners, which can be grilled or baked instead of fried.

All our favorite soul sides are on the menu, including mac and cheese, greens, black eyed peas, green beans, corn, rice, potato salad, coleslaw and yams (served mashed potato style, rather than candied).

You can still get classic soul favorites like fried chicken, beef rib tips, and smothered pork chops. But the healthier options are there if you want to lighten the calorie count.

For dessert, reward yourself with an indulgent slice of cheesecake or try Betty’s peach cobbler with its biscuit-like crust and sweet, juicy peaches. For a lighter option, try their strawberry shortcake or banana pudding.


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