COMFORT TO YOUR STOMACH
A few weeks back, we went to Real Deal Soul Food, ordered some food stuff and drank some of their Kool-Aid™ (I’m pretty sure that’s trade marked!!!). Being the resident ‘ethnic’ of the group, I guess it was up to me to do the write up, so here I am.
It was really only a partial grouping since Casey and Daché couldn’t make it. They had other plans. So Megan, myself, and our design intern, Colton, went to meet up with Chris McGowan from the City of Waco Chamber of Commerce.
The restaurant is a bit off the beaten path, but if you go looking for it and find it… be prepared, because you are about to enjoy one of the best meals you have ever eaten!
First things first, when you get there, you can be subdued and order water, or one of the ordinary and grab a soda or tea, but why would you want to when you can order a TALL GLASS OF RED KOOL-AID!!!! I can hear you now… “Danny, did you order Kool-Aid?” and my response to your innocent query would be thus: OF COURSE I ORDERED KOOL-AID!!!
After enjoying a glass, the waitress came to take our order, and she was very helpful in assisting everyone with his or her selections for food. Megan ordered Beef Tips and Rice (but I’m pretty sure the waitress said it came with mashed potatoes), with three sides, which consisted of Mac N Cheese, Green Beans and Stewed Okra. Colton had the Fried Fish Stewed Okra, Mac N Cheese and Mashed Potatoes. Chris ordered Meat Loaf, Mac N Cheese and a DOUBLE ORDER OF COLLARD GREENS!?! WHAT THE WHAT?!?! Gotta admit, Chris is the whitest dude I know who will throw down on some soul food, so that makes him alright in my book! I ordered the Smothered Chicken with Mac N cheese ( I feel a trend here with this Mac N Cheese), Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Collard Greens.
Some of the other items listed were smothered steak (like Salisbury Steak, only better) Pork Chops, Pot Roast, Baked Chicken (same as Smothered Chicken), and Chicken Spaghetti. The other sides were Yams, Cabbage, Potato Salad, Black Eyed Peas and Pinto Beans. Dessert was also on the menu and consisted of various cobblers and cakes… depending really on the day.
I thoroughly enjoyed my food and I need to get back there soon to enjoy some more. Colton liked his fish very much, and he even proclaimed that it was hard to find fish cooked correctly the way they had prepared it. I tend to agree with him, because good catfish is hard to find, but not impossible. Chris said his meal was great as well, stating that he loved the greens.
The only person who came away with a less than stellar impression was Megan. She said her meal was decent, but on the salty side to the point where couldn’t finish it. I can see that. I know that with soul food, there is a tendency to over season some items. But it’s part of the comfort food aspect that is soul food. It is an indulgence food and one should only eat it if they don’t really care about their health/blood pressure/diabetes/overall quality of life. Should you not care about any of that (like me!!!) then by all means, go there and go there often!!! It will be well worth your money and time trying to locate the place.
Though there was one item that everyone could agree was well worth the trip, and those were the cornbread pancakes that were served with all of our meals. These things were truly the icing on the cake; as I’m sure I witnessed everyone around the table completely devour them as soon as they came to the table after the food was served.
Here’s what the teams thought:
“Anytime you can get two different kinds of gravy in one meal, it is indeed a glorious day”~ Daniel 5
“I would eat that cornbread ALL. DAY. LONG.”~ Megan 3 (I definitely ordered wrong, everyone else’s around me looked so good!)
“Outstanding home cooking, thanks for letting me tag along lunch bunch”~ Chris 4.5
Take a friend, because someone is going to have to drive you home… because once you eat there, you will get really, REALLY sleepy!
Address & Directions:
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821 Clifton St
Waco, TX 76704