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352 N. Russell St. Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Doris' Cafe Restaurant Review

: Doris’ CafĂ© must be the best-known soul food restaurant in town, and for years it has served up succulent ribs to a hungry community who can’t seem to devour them fast enough. One of the anchors of a lively little corner of African-American establishments, where you can find great jazz and beautiful African-thumbed artifacts for sale, Doris draws customers from the whole city because it’s such a pleasant, friendly place as well as for its authentic recipes. The restaurant is light and airy, with high windows allowing everyone inside to see passersby; unlike at most restaurants, the customers eye the passersby, for a friend is likely to stroll past and be convinced to join in the fun. Soul food can be hotter elsewhere, but Doris’ sauce is rich and full of flavor, perfect for rib tip sandwiches on the de rigeur Wonder Bread. We like the barbecued chicken and the fried chicken wings, as well as the crispy catfish. Since the side orders are very generous, it’s not always easy to save room for silky and rich sweet potato pie (almost like a soufflĂ©), but you’d be a fool not to. There’s only one word for the experience, and while we resist this word as much as possible, Doris’ great dessert is simply yummy.


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