REVIEW: Sweet T's Soul Cookin'

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sweet T's Soul Cookin'
1515 Ottawa Street
Windsor, Ontario, Canada 

Phone: +1(519) 973 1234

Type of Restaurant: Southern Soul Food 
Attire: Casual
Prices: E- $7 M- $12 D- ?
              $$ Affordable
Payment Options:
Visa, Mastercard, Debit/Eftpos

Hours: Monday: Closed
              Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 10pm
              Sunday 12-8pm

Reservations? Walk-ins welcomed
Handicap Accessible? Yes 
Vegetarian Friendly? Not really.
Vegan Friendly? No


Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Originality: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

With Smoke and Spice having moved to its new location at 7470 Tecumseh Road E, the owners had another idea for this popular southern soul food hotspot-- Sweet T's.

Having been working crazy over time hours, my father's birthday slipped by without me realizing until it was too late. Decided to take him out for a belated birthday lunch. Typically, I am not a meat and potatoes type of guy but my father most definitely is. He idolizes Guy Fieri and Paula Deen. Figured this would be the perfect place to bring him.

Walking in I was surprised that not much has really change. Same layout, same bar, same furniture. In fact, the only thing that seemed to have changed is the name and the menu. Gone from the menu were all my favourites from the Smoke and Spice menu like the mac and cheese. The menu is more focused on deep fried chicken rather than the pork and beef that Smoke and Spice was known for.

Fish and Chips
The service staff were still great, welcoming us when we walked in, and directing us to choose any table. Our server had asked if we had been there before and I explained I had when it was Smoke and Spice but not since it reopened under he new new. She went on to explain that it is the same owner's, same concept, new recipes with still the same emphasis on freshness. She explained all the ingredients are fresh, and the only thing kept in their freezer is their ice cream.

Meat Loaf Sliders
My father decided to have the fish and chips, while I went for the Meatloaf Sliders and Grit Fritters. My father having grown up and worked in as a commercial fisherman has grown to appreciate a nice plate of fish. He was stunned by the size of portion on his plate. The fish was huge. He commented on how it was cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside and nice a flakey on the inside. Sounded like he was truly impressed.

Grits Fritters
As for my two dishes, the winner was definitely the meatloaf sliders. The meatloaf patties were incredibly juicy and topped with a delicious coleslaw on a super soft slider bun. The grit fritters on the other hand were a bit of a disappointment. I ordered them having heard people ranting and raving about them. To be honest, I found them to be quite bland tasting. Sure, there is the dipping sauce they come with, but even that couldn't mask the blandness of the fried grits. Perhaps incorporating some parmesan cheese to the grits prior to forming and frying the balls would have added the right salty and creaminess for my palate.

Overall, it is nice to still see there is a southern cookin' spot, with nice warm and friendly hospitality on the west side of Walker Road. Still wish they would have that delicious mac and cheese on the menu, but nevertheless well worth checking out.


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