$15 for $30 Worth of Delicious Soul Favorites at Bonnie Jean’s Soul Food Cafe

Oak Park

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  • Friendly, casual ambience
  • Highly rated soul food
  • Soul-satisfying dining

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Splurge on finger-licking, rib-sticking southern cuisine with today’s Groupon. For $15, you’ll get $30 worth of southern soul food at Bonnie Jean’s Soul Food Café, a homey operation dishing out generous portions of heavenly comfort food.

Mismatched furniture and family portraits lend a darling, disheveled feel to the no-frills eatery. Start with an order of popular deep fried pickles ($4.99), a battered bunch of crispy dills plated with ranch and honey mustard dipping sauces, or an order of hot wings ($7.95 for 12 pieces). For a main course, try gravy-smothered chicken ($11.99), chicken and waffles ($9.99), or catfish nugget dinner ($10.99). Side your selection with collard greens, candied yams, or green beans (medium $3.50, large $5.50).

While soul food has an unhealthy reputation, the cuisine packs plenty of nutritional benefits: collard greens are an ideal source for vitamin A, C, manganese, iron and fiber, and peas, rice, and legumes are excellent ways to fulfill protein requirements. It’s also a favorite food style of hip hop heavyweights, including Jay Z, P. Diddy, Beyonce, and Lil Wayne . Bonnie Jean’s is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Reviews

San Diego Entertainment Guide and San Diego CityBeat rave about Bonnie Jean’s church social-feel, and Yelpers give the cozy cafe 4.5 stars:

  • The atmosphere isn’t off-putting for those of us who aren’t really believers—the place feels more funky and cozy than strange. – San Diego CityBeat
  • Closing in on a decade at its 54th Street location, Bonnie Jean's Soul Food Cafe is a quintessential comfort-food kitchen, where regulars stop in, slow down and catch up over weighty plates of fried catfish and chicken, sweet yams and oh-so-good black-eyed peas. – San Diego Entertainment Guide

Where Is the Soul?

For millennia, philosophers and religious experts have regarded the soul as separate from the body. However, this notion of the soul has been disregarded thanks to a recent medical discovery: what doctors had been calling the spleen is actually the soul. "It makes perfect sense," says Dr. Lloyd Coleman, "I can't even remember what the spleen was supposed to do. It was part of the reticuloendothelial system. That sounds made up, right?"

Now that scientists have identified the location of the soul, they are hard at work locating Heaven, which is believed to be behind a secret door either in the panda enclosure of the Brooklyn Zoo or in the heart of a child. Patients who had been taking spleen medication are advised to stop taking it immediately. Says Dr. Coleman, "The spleen was super-boring, so I think we all feel a lot better labeling it the soul and calling it a day."

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Bonnie Jean's Soul Food Cafe

The owner of Bonnie Jean's Soul Food Cafe did more than name the restaurant after the woman who taught her to entertain and cook—she also continually serves up her mother's recipes and hospitality. Today, when patrons step into Bonnie Jean's, they fill with the aromas of chicken and waffles, fried catfish, homemade barbecue sauce, and pork ribs steadily flowing from the kitchen. Chefs prepare the sides with the same amount of neighborly care, from the corn bread and collard greens to the yams and peach cobbler. Even the dining room could be mistaken for a living room, with photos lining the plum walls, a chessboard waiting for two players to match strategies, and the warm glow of a chandelier illuminating smiles and giving diners plenty of light to make macaroni portraits.

Customer Reviews

145 Ratings

I use to come after church to eat a few years back and the food was delicious
Lecia F. · August 19, 2013
Service is sweet!
Pj M. · August 15, 2013
Good Fried Chicken
Jia T. · August 7, 2013
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