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Brockport gets a serving of culture with soul food

by Tori Martinez - Managing Editor
Tue, Mar 6th 2018 07:00 pm
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If you’re tired of only eating in the dining halls on campus, or you don’t feel like spending $10 in Trax or The Square for food that is somewhat alright, you might want to head to Main Street. But if that doesn’t appeal to you, either because you’re bored of the same old pizza or you don’t want to get Jimmy Z’s for the second time this week, well, you’re in luck. Hidden in plain sight, sandwiched between a laundromat and vacant storefront, is Brockport’s newest restaurant, Taste of Soul.

Taste of Soul opened up in the beginning of December, and since then, the customers have been nonstop. 

“The turnout has been real good, actually better than I expected,” said first-time restaurant owner Timothy Lee. “It’s pretty steady, and it gets better and better everyday.”

I’m not surprised either. I stopped by last week for a dinner date with my boyfriend, Aaron, and got the four piece fried chicken dinner (‘cause you know I wanted to take home some leftovers) with mashed potatoes and deep fried mushrooms. Aaron got the half rack of ribs dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy and corn. He loved it because the meat literally just fell off the bone. 

And when I tell you that in the time I’ve lived and gone to college here that I’ve never see a more delectable plate sitting in front of me, I’m telling you I’ve really never seen a more delectable assortment of food. Don’t tell my dad, but those potatoes (with the gravy, of course) are the best I’ve ever had. I would dive into a 10 foot pool of those mashed potatoes if I could.

I went back to the restaurant a few days later to speak with Lee, and there shouldn’t be any doubt in your mind that I ordered more food. This time I got the two piece chicken tender dinner with mashed potatoes (again), and mac and cheese this time. I’m salivating just thinking about that mac and cheese.

Aside from the delicious meats, to me, the best thing about Taste of Soul is the vegan menu. I’m clearly not vegan, but I’m aware and conscious of what’s vegan and what’s not because I have so many friends who are. And in Brockport, I find it hard to invite them many places because everything either has meat or dairy. If you’re vegan, what kind of options do you have at Perri’s or Jimmy Z’s? That’s not a dig at those restaurants; that’s just the reality. 

What’s interesting is that Lee didn’t think of the vegan menu on his own. His friend actually suggested it to him, which he initially thought would be a waste of time, but he learned pretty quickly how wrong he was, because the vegan business has been booming too. This doesn’t shock me, since veganism is on the rise. According to onegreenplanet.org, a Top Trends in Prepared Foods in 2017 report announced that six percent of Americans now identify as vegan, opposed to 2014’s reported one percent. All I’m saying is that if other restaurants really want to compete, they’re going to need to create a vegan menu. It’s only a matter of time before Taste of Soul becomes Brockport’s top restaurant.

Actually, let me say that tied for my favorite thing about this restaurant is its prices. That fried chicken dinner I was talking about, it was only $8.99. Imagine getting a $5 Fill Up at KFC, where for $5, you get a chicken breast, mashed potatoes, biscuit, drink and cookie. 

Now, you might not get the cookie or drink with your dinner, but for a mere $3.99 more, you get three more pieces of chicken and another side dish, and on top of that, it tastes better. I truly cannot get over the kind of food you can get at this restaurant for these prices. I can’t speak on the food’s authenticity, since I didn’t grow up around authentic southern-style food, but just going off the taste of it, I’m almost speechless.

If you’re tired of the same old dining hall food, or you’re done with going to the same three restaurants you always go to, then head over to Taste of Soul. Even if it’s not your favorite, you’re not going to regret it.



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