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Where To Find Southern Food in Las Vegas

Southern hospitality in Sin City

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Las Vegas doesn’t exactly have its own regional cuisine — unless liquor counts — but what the city lacks in local culinary specialties it makes up for in access to signature dishes from around the globe. Those who crave Southern food will be pleased to find a wide range of options all over Las Vegas. From fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and moonshine to catfish, fried green tomatoes, and sweet tea, here’s where to find Southern food in Las Vegas.

Restaurants are listed from north to south.

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EllaEm's Soul Food

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EllaEm’s prepares each dish with Mississippi home cooking in mind. Diners can expect oxtails smothered in gravy, fried pork chops, grilled red snapper, and meatloaf just like grandma used to make.

EllaEm's Soul Food
EllaEm's Soul Food
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Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles

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Located in the Best of the West shopping center, this Southwestern chain serves all-day breakfast, fried chicken, chili with cornbread, plus peach cobbler and banana pudding. Southern-style drinks include homemade lemonade and spiked punch.

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
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Gritz Cafe

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True to its name, Gritz Cafe knows how to make a mean bowl of grits. Diners can order them in a bowl topped with bacon, sausage, hot links, shrimp, or catfish and smothered with an assortment of toppings including cheese, mushrooms, and jalapeños. Other menu items include po’ boys, chicken and waffles, and fried shrimp.

Grits and bacon at Gritz Cafe
Grits and bacon at Gritz Cafe
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Sunny's Chicken & Fish

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Sunny’s Chicken & Fish is a hidden gem tucked away in a plaza on the original westside of Las Vegas. The menu is simple — it includes wings, pulled chicken on waffles, gizzards, and livers — and the space is no-frills, but the flavor and the inexpensive prices will have diners coming back.

Fried catfish at Sunny’s Chicken and Fish
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Call Me Cake

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This westside soul food spot serves comfort food in the form of smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes, and coconut shrimp. The real standout, however, is the dessert menu, which features a variety of rich, gooey butter cakes including red velvet, Oreo cookie, and pineapple white chocolate.

Call Me Cake
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Whether in Downtown Las Vegas or Summerlin, Lola’s satisfies with Louisiana cooking. The Downtown location is the perfect spot to grab a lunchtime po’ boy with roast beef and Creole mustard while the Summerlin location makes for a lively Southern brunch complete with jalapeño corn pancakes, bronzed catfish, and Gouda grits and beignets.

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The Hush Puppy

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In the ever-changing Las Vegas culinary world, it takes a lot to stay in business for multiple decades. Hush Puppy has been around since 1975 and is owned and operated by a family from Texarkana, Arkansas. The two locations serve alligator tail, fried frog legs, blackened tilapia, and of course, hush puppies.

Hush Puppy
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Summertime Soul Food

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Diners craving Memphis-style soul food on the go can drop by the Summertime Soul Food truck. The menu includes barbecue spare ribs, fried whiting, chicken wings plus ears of corn, potato salad and french fries. Dessert includes strawberry cake and banana pudding.

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M&M Soul Food Cafe

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Those who like their tea served in a Mason jar and their catfish fried will find a lot to love at M&M Soul Food Cafe. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves shrimp and grits, fried pork chops smothered in gravy, and chitterlings with seasoned batter. Side dishes include collard greens, fried okra, red beans and rice, and yams.

Fried chicken at M&M Soul Food
Fried chicken at M&M Soul Food
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Yardbird Southern Kitchen & Bar

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This perennial Strip favorite serves upscale Southern fare in a laid-back setting. Diners can start with blackberry bourbon lemonade or banana-infused Tennessee whiskey and dig into deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and a unique twist on the classic chicken and waffles prepared with chilled spiced watermelon at Yardbird at the Venetian. Weekends feature a special brunch with plenty of Southern hospitality.

Chicken and waffles prepared with chilled spiced watermelon at Yardbird
Chicken and waffles prepared with chilled spiced watermelon at Yardbird
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Soul Food Cafe

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This local restaurant is known for its fried oxtails, but the extensive menu has a little something for everyone. From liver and onions and fried chicken to gumbo, Soul Food Cafe has every Southern favorite, including Sugar Daddies (lemonade and Kool-Aid) and Sugar Mommas (lemonade and sweet tea) to wash it down.

Fried catfish at Soul Food Cafe
Fried catfish at Soul Food Cafe
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EllaEm's Soul Food

EllaEm’s prepares each dish with Mississippi home cooking in mind. Diners can expect oxtails smothered in gravy, fried pork chops, grilled red snapper, and meatloaf just like grandma used to make.

EllaEm's Soul Food
EllaEm's Soul Food
Yelp/Shawn H.

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles

Located in the Best of the West shopping center, this Southwestern chain serves all-day breakfast, fried chicken, chili with cornbread, plus peach cobbler and banana pudding. Southern-style drinks include homemade lemonade and spiked punch.

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
Yelp/Janet I.

Gritz Cafe

True to its name, Gritz Cafe knows how to make a mean bowl of grits. Diners can order them in a bowl topped with bacon, sausage, hot links, shrimp, or catfish and smothered with an assortment of toppings including cheese, mushrooms, and jalapeños. Other menu items include po’ boys, chicken and waffles, and fried shrimp.

Grits and bacon at Gritz Cafe
Grits and bacon at Gritz Cafe
Gritz Cafe [Official Site]

Sunny's Chicken & Fish

Sunny’s Chicken & Fish is a hidden gem tucked away in a plaza on the original westside of Las Vegas. The menu is simple — it includes wings, pulled chicken on waffles, gizzards, and livers — and the space is no-frills, but the flavor and the inexpensive prices will have diners coming back.

Fried catfish at Sunny’s Chicken and Fish
Yelp/Sam N.

Call Me Cake

This westside soul food spot serves comfort food in the form of smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes, and coconut shrimp. The real standout, however, is the dessert menu, which features a variety of rich, gooey butter cakes including red velvet, Oreo cookie, and pineapple white chocolate.

Call Me Cake
Yelp/Main A.

Lola's

Whether in Downtown Las Vegas or Summerlin, Lola’s satisfies with Louisiana cooking. The Downtown location is the perfect spot to grab a lunchtime po’ boy with roast beef and Creole mustard while the Summerlin location makes for a lively Southern brunch complete with jalapeño corn pancakes, bronzed catfish, and Gouda grits and beignets.

Lola’s
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The Hush Puppy

In the ever-changing Las Vegas culinary world, it takes a lot to stay in business for multiple decades. Hush Puppy has been around since 1975 and is owned and operated by a family from Texarkana, Arkansas. The two locations serve alligator tail, fried frog legs, blackened tilapia, and of course, hush puppies.

Hush Puppy
Yelp/Brandon M.

Summertime Soul Food

Diners craving Memphis-style soul food on the go can drop by the Summertime Soul Food truck. The menu includes barbecue spare ribs, fried whiting, chicken wings plus ears of corn, potato salad and french fries. Dessert includes strawberry cake and banana pudding.

Summertime Soul Food
Yelp/Chanelle S.

M&M Soul Food Cafe

Those who like their tea served in a Mason jar and their catfish fried will find a lot to love at M&M Soul Food Cafe. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves shrimp and grits, fried pork chops smothered in gravy, and chitterlings with seasoned batter. Side dishes include collard greens, fried okra, red beans and rice, and yams.

Fried chicken at M&M Soul Food
Fried chicken at M&M Soul Food
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Yardbird Southern Kitchen & Bar

This perennial Strip favorite serves upscale Southern fare in a laid-back setting. Diners can start with blackberry bourbon lemonade or banana-infused Tennessee whiskey and dig into deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and a unique twist on the classic chicken and waffles prepared with chilled spiced watermelon at Yardbird at the Venetian. Weekends feature a special brunch with plenty of Southern hospitality.

Chicken and waffles prepared with chilled spiced watermelon at Yardbird
Chicken and waffles prepared with chilled spiced watermelon at Yardbird
The Venetian

Soul Food Cafe

This local restaurant is known for its fried oxtails, but the extensive menu has a little something for everyone. From liver and onions and fried chicken to gumbo, Soul Food Cafe has every Southern favorite, including Sugar Daddies (lemonade and Kool-Aid) and Sugar Mommas (lemonade and sweet tea) to wash it down.

Fried catfish at Soul Food Cafe
Fried catfish at Soul Food Cafe
Yelp/Regina I

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