After last Thursday’s post about making my own soul bowls at home, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite restaurant soul food platters in recent memory.
When I was in Los Angeles a while back, I made it to a restaurant that I’ve been hearing about for eons – Stuff I Eat in Inglewood. It’s a place that I have meant to visit again and again. However, it seemed that usually when I was in the area, I was either on my way to the airport and in a hurry or coming back from the airport and in a hurry. But as luck would have it this time around, I needed to pick up my rental car by LAX, which put me in the neighborhood at just the right time for lunch at Stuff I Eat.
Stuff I Eat has been around since 2008. Their food is 100% vegan and 95% organic. It’s on the main drag of Market Street, along with other shops and restaurants. The street was pretty quiet while I was there, as it was still early in the lunch hour. Even though there’s a large awning outside with their name on it, because of the dark windows, I missed it and kept walking. Even after I turned around and started walking back, I almost missed it again. So etch this exterior into your mind’s eye and don’t make the same mistake I did.
The restaurant is clean and nicely laid out with café-style tables. The staff at the counter was all smiles and really helpful with ideas of their most popular items. They’re well-known for their tacos, but obviously I had to go with another popular item on their menu, the Organic Soul Food Platter.
I ordered a half order of the platter, which came to $12. There was so much food, I easily could have shared it. Instead, I took half home and finished it with breakfast the next day.
The platter came with generous helpings of yams, black-eyed peas, barbecued tofu, slow cooked kale, a cornbread muffin, potato salad, and mac and cheese. The greens may well have been the best I’ve ever had. They were melt-in-your-mouth good with that wonderful tinny-ness you get from cooking greens for a long time.
The black-eyed peas were also particularly well seasoned, and since they’re not always my favorite bean, I was surprised at how good they were.
Stuff I Eat is definitely one of those places where you can get caught in a circle of “just one more bite.” With so many complimentary flavors and huge portions, this is the restaurant to visit with friends and/or a big appetite! It is sure to be on my must-visit list on my next trip to Southern California.