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Mr. B’s Soul Food Homestyle, cooked-all-day flavors, in a hurry

Mr. B’s Soul Food

17600 W. McNichols Detroit, MI 48235
  • Neighborhood: Northwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available

Tags: soul food, mr-bs-soul-food, baked-chicken, fried-pork-chops

Unless you have hours to spend in the kitchen, preparing a comforting soul food dinner probably isn’t an option on a weekday. As much as we’d like to extend the weekend, we can’t spend our Mondays fussing over pastry crust for a sweet potato pie or watching collards simmer over the stove, waiting for the greens and bacon to gently melt into one glorious pot of smoky goodness.

So what’s a gal to do when that candied yam craving hits after a hectic day at the office?

We head over to Mr. B’s Soul Food in northwest Detroit and snag a big bag of all our soul favorites to take home. This little takeout spot on McNichols near the Southfield saves the day when we need a hearty dinner in a snap.

You can smell the barbecue sauce and slow-cooked meats as soon as you step foot inside the no-frills shop, which makes us even hungrier. Thankfully, ordering is a breeze: all the classic, homestyle dishes are laid out cafeteria style for your perusal.

The menu is extensive, offering everything from rib tips, fried chicken and baked beans to turkey burgers, catfish sandwiches and spaghetti. So navigating the menu for first-timers can be a little intimidating. We’ll help you out; there are a few things Mr.s B’s does well that make the choices simple.

Get the baked chicken.  If you can get it while it’s fresh, the bird is tender and juicy with a dark, glistening crispy skin. It comes in individual portions (with your choice of wings, legs or breast), or as a whole rotisserie – plenty for a family to share or to guarantee leftovers tomorrow.

Another smart choice is Mr. B’s chicken-fried pork chops. They’re fried on the bone, giving the chops a rich, meaty flavor. Dipped in buttermilk then dredged in flour, they come out with a crunchy, golden fried crust. Go ahead and pick up the chop and eat with your hands, like you would with fried chicken. You can also order your chops smothered in a savory southern gravy (less finger-friendly but just as tasty).

On the side, we always go for candied yams because Mr. B’s makes them sweet and spoon-tender. It’s not fancy, and there’s nothing “gourmet” about the preparation. It’s just comforting, old fashioned soul food.

We’re also fans of their mac and cheese, although the recipe is a little controversial. The mac has a thick, cheesy sauce and a bubbly hard crust on top. If you’re more of a fan of creamy, smooth mac and cheese this might not be the dish for you. In that case a side of slowly simmered pinto beans or tangy potato salad will do the trick.

For dessert, you cannot go wrong with banana pudding. If your stomach still has any spare room.


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