If you’ve been keeping up with America’s Next Great Restaurant on NBC, you know that Soul Daddy beat out the competition to take the top prize. Today, three Soul Daddy locations open in Los Angeles, New York City, and at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
The story ofSoul Daddyis far from average, as creator Jamawn Woods is hardly your average restaurateur. Though Woods has professed a passion for cooking from a young age, the self-taught chef first worked in his hometown Detroit’s prevalent auto industry before launching his first restaurant W3 (Woods’ Waffles & Wings) out of his basement. W3 became a local runaway success based solely on word of mouth and a mouthwatering concept.
Woods originally applied to compete in America’s Next Great Restaurant with the goal of taking W3 nationwide, but through the course of the show he adapted and refined his concept toward the healthier take on soul food offered at Soul Daddy. In the finale, America’s Next Great Restaurant judges Curtis Stone, Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia, and Chipotle CEO Steve Ells praised Woods for his leadership and dedication to teamwork. Ultimately Soul Daddy had everything it takes to beat out fellow finalists Spice Coast and Brooklyn Meatball Co., and the rest is history.
Meals at Soul Daddy consist of an entrée and two sides – customers can choose from soul food favorites like country style ribs, baked herb chicken, or pulled pork, supplemented with healthy takes on classic sides like collard greens or black-eyed pea salad. Meals also include a choice of whole wheat biscuits or a cornbread waffle. But if a meal is too much, customers also have the option of ordering a la carte.
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