If you’ve got a craving for fried chicken, collard greens, or grits in Brooklyn, you have a number of local restaurants to pick from. Whether you want down-home, no-frills soul food, or something that’s slightly exotic, these four restaurants will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the deep south.

SoCo (Fort Greene)
This sleek restaurant serves up southern food with a twist, paired with cocktails and DJ sets. The menu offers a taste of cajun/creole, barbecue and soul food. The chicken and red velvet waffles are a consistent favorite, as well as the mac and cheese, lobster shrimp and grits, and the buttermilk fried chicken.

Fried chicken and waffles photo courtesy of Facebook.

Soul food all on one dish | d’N’L m. via Yelp

Mitchell’s Soul Food (Prospect Heights)
This no-frills soul food staple serves up solid fried chicken, smothered chicken, collard greens, red velvet cake, and peach cobbler. Dinner prices are around $10 to $12 for an entree with two sides and corn bread. Don’t forget the homemade lemonade and home-brewed iced tea, either. Mitchell’s is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Chicken and veggies | Dr. Jen via Foursquare

Manna’s Soul Food (Flatbush)
Manna’s is a no-frills spot with a soul food and salad bar buffet you pay for by the pound. You’ll find macaroni and cheese, baked, fried, and jerk chicken, grilled salmon, yams, collard greens, mashed potatoes, and more. It’s a great place to load up on soul food and not pay a fortune.

Cheryl’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken | via Facebook

Cheryl’s Global Soul (Prospect Heights)
For soul food with unique seasonal and global touches, head to Cheryl’s. The cozy eatery, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has a menu that experiments with flavors from around the world. You’ll find steamed mussels in a Thai coconut curry sauce, salmon glazed with sake, and jumbo shrimp coated with barbecue sauce. For brunch, Cheryl’s serves up a perfect buttermilk pancake and waffle.

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