I was cat sitting for a friend over on Atlantic Ave, and at first I got my fill of banh mi from both Nicky’s and Hanco’s. Then I started to look for something else. I had passed by The Soul Spot a few times, and although vegetarians sometimes have a hard time eating at soul food places I noticed that they offered a vegetarian plate, made up of your choice of four side dishes and served with a piece of cornbread.
When I went to the Soul Spot I was struck by how warm and cozy it felt inside the little place (also it was very cold outside and my glasses fogged up for a few minutes). I had read that the mac & cheese was not so great, so I ordered the following sides: rice with black-eyed peas, okra stewed with tomatoes, candied yams, and fried plantains. “Ok,” said the smiling woman behind the counter, “I’ll go fry the plantains.” Fresh fried plantains? Score.
As the plantains fried she piled up huge portions of each of the sides, filling the aluminum tray (I got my order to go) so that I didn’t think there would be room for the plantains. Not so — they got squished on top, and the cornbread was wrapped in a bit of wax paper.
When I got back to my friend’s apartment I couldn’t wait to dig in. Here’s a rundown of everything I ate. The peas and rice were great, and they also helped soak up the sauce at the bottom of the tray. The okra with tomatoes were the star of the show — warm and comforting, and perfectly seasoned. The candied yams were fine, a little too sweet (if such a thing is possible with a food called “candied”). The plantains were also fine, unseasoned and by no means the best plantains I’ve ever had. The only real bad part was the cornbread, which was super dense and chewy. I gave up on it in favor of the rice.
I enjoyed the food I got from the Soul Spot, but I wasn’t really blown away by anything. If you’re in the area and you want to drop in for a meal you should definitely go for it, but it’s not what I would call a destination restaurant.
The Soul Spot — 302 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn