October 20, 2020

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New Dallas restaurant Soul 2 Soul Southern Kitchen brings the flavor to Duncanville, DeSoto border

A new Dallas restaurant from a Mississippi couple is bringing Southern flavor to its customers.

Latasha and Derick Williams opened Soul 2 Soul Southern Kitchen in June at 4001 W. Wheatland Road, near the Wheatland Village shopping center and the borders of Duncanville and DeSoto.

In the midst of a pandemic, when many restaurants closed, the couple decided to move forward with plans that were put into motion when they moved from Mississippi three years ago.

“What better place than to open in Dallas, to bring some of that home-cooked Southern food,” Latasha Williams said.

Cooking and the restaurant business has been a part of both of their families. Derick’s had a restaurant in Mississippi, and Latasha said she learned her skills from her grandmother.

“A lot of the recipes for the restaurant are from my grandmother and his grandmother,” she said. “It has been a passion of ours. It has always been a vision, and we came in and did it.”

Soul 2 Soul’s website says it aims to continue “the tradition of this African American Legacy called “Soul Food.”

“Here at Soul 2 Soul we refuse to let our African American culture die,” the site says. “We thrive to share recipes from our ancestors that came before us.”

Menu items include fried pork chops, beef tips with gravy and Fannie’s Famous fried catfish. An $8.99 lunch special Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. offers chicken tetrazzini, baked chicken or barbecue chicken with two sides. You can see the latest menus on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The Williamses have quickly become part of the community, partnering with Methodist Health System this month to host a free mammogram clinic.

“Most of the time African Americans don’t go to the hospital or doctors because of insurance or lack of knowledge,” Latasha Williams said.

Soul 2 Soul Southern Kitchen, 4001 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas. Open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday and Saturday.

This story, originally published in Texas Metro News, is reprinted as part of a collaborative partnership between The Dallas Morning News and TMN. The partnership seeks to boost coverage of Dallas’ communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.

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