BEST SOUL FOOD - 2006
Abundant Bistro & Cafe - CLOSED
The northeast corner of University Avenue and Dale Street is now officially the epicenter of soul in the Twin Cities, thanks to the magical kitchen that lies within Jackie Williams's Abundant Bistro. The fall-away tender fried catfish sports a zesty batter and can be ordered with a side of bite-size hush puppies that will surely remind transplanted East Coasters of home. The mac and cheese is creamy, with just the right sticky consistency, and the collard greens are tangy but not too salty. The fried chicken wings are perfectly crispy and barely greasy, and the smothered baked chicken is comfort food in its highest form. Whatever you order, make sure to enjoy a side of candied yams. Bright orange and spiked with cinnamon and other spices, these little beauties are a rare find indeed, and sharing, even with those you love most, might become an issue. The menu also includes barbecue rib tips, mouthwatering hot-water cornbread, and desserts ranging from silky sweet potato pie to a fresh peach cobbler with ice cream. When you're finished wowing your taste buds with this ambrosia, take a look at the wall featuring catering requests from the stars, as filled with Williams, with clients including Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and KISS. It seems that the fire-breathing heavy metal gods enjoy a nice side of candied yams just like the rest of us. Abundant Bistro also serves breakfast and lunch.