Soul Food Restaurant Opens on 53rd

The Soul Shack offers classic soul food including jerk chicken and fried green tomatoes.


Courtesy of Soul Shack

Soul Shack’s Chicken and Waffles.

By Lee Harris, Editor-in-Chief

The Soul Shack, a soul food restaurant offering classics ranging from jerk chicken to fried green tomatoes and lemon pepper fried okra, opened Sunday, March 10, on the corner of East 53rd Street and South Kenwood Avenue.

The restaurant is the latest undertaking of the owners of Mikkey’s Retro Grill and LiteHouse Grill, and replaces the space’s previous occupant, Wingers, a diner that closed last year.

Main course options include a $15 chicken and waffles plate, $32 lollipop lamb chops, and a $42 surf and turf.


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The Soul Shack is the second Southern food restaurant to open on East 53rd Street in recent months, after high-end Virtue replaced A10 on South Harper Avenue late last year.

The Soul Shack is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Owner Rico Nance did not respond to The Maroon’s request for comment.