Based on wikipedia (don't worry, I don't make it a habit to get my reference from there. Well, it's getting pretty close to become a habit actually, but nevertheless..) soul food cuisine consists of a selection of foods traditional in the cuisine of African Americans. It is closely related to the cuisine of the Southern United States. The descriptive terminology may have originated in the mid-1960s, when soul was a common definer used to describe African-American culture (for example, soul music).
The cuisine is seen as somewhat a homage to their history and culture as African Americans and also a food that says "home", every single time. In Houston, the best soul food in town is "This is It". Yes, it is the name of the restaurant and the name suits it perfectly. This is It serves one of the best foods I've ever tasted.
The restaurant is a family-owned business, which was established in 1959 by the late Frank and Mattie Jones. The restaurant is now under the management of Mr. & Mrs. Craig Joseph Sr., the grandson of the Jones. More about the restaurant can be read here: This Is It Houston
The most famous dish from the restaurant is their Ox Tails. It's definitely greasy and sinful, but at the same time absolutely perfect. I also love their Fried Catfish and Pepper Steak. Their sides are also super delicious. I always choose rice, collard greens and cornbread dressing. Oh, and everybody gets cornbread with their meal. You'll get one entree and 3 sides. I was always surprised with the amount of food presented on my plate, but at the end I'd always found my plate clean. Don't hate.
This Is It has different menu everyday. On Sunday they are especially full from the church crowd. I always love the Sunday crowd. They are all dressed up and really friendly. Oh but that doesn't mean that I got it easy the first time I went there. Being a small awkward Asian girl in the house, I was teased for not knowing names of the food when it was time for me to order. I just pointed the stuff I wanted and they had a great time teasing me for it. Hahaha.
This Is It
2712 Blodgett St.
Houston, Tx. 77004
Restaurant Hours: Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. / Sun. 11 a.m - 6 p.m.
Breakfast Hours: 6 a.m -10:00 a.m
Catering Hours: Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m
Telephone: (713) 521- 2920 Fax: (713) 521-3344 Catering: 281-852-5666