The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a top attraction in Los Angeles, where each day thousands of tourists stroll along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to seek out their favorite celebrities among the sidewalk-embedded stars. Just a few steps from actor Johnny Depp’s star, Soul Restaurant and Bar offers a modern twist to traditional Southern soul food. I recommend visiting on Sunday evenings, for dinner and drinks served up with local musical talent – soul-pop-funk-indie duo KiSMit kicked off the restaurant’s recently launched concert series with a hearty performance.

Executive Chef Giulian Jones, a former chef for touring bands, including Metallica and the Foo Fighters, gets his inspiration from his upbringing in a bluegrass musician’s home. I suggest starting off your meal with a Soul cocktail, such as their stunning Habanero Lime Margarita, that includes Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, housemade Habanero Lime-infused syrup and Jalapeno Peppers. Not-to- be-missed signature dishes include Jerk Spiced Chicken coupled with 2011 Génot-Boulanger Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France; Fried Catfish and Chips with truffle fries and a delicious glass of chilled 2014 Sineann Grüner Veltliner from Columbia Gorge in Washington State. To wrap up your meal, I would recommend a plate of golden fried Beignets that are served with fresh-made seasonal fruit compotes – these sweet, hot pillows of deliciousness evoke all that is sinfully good about Southern food culture.

Soul truly delivers tasty Southern-inspired cuisine, mouthwatering drinks and, entertainment in the heart of Hollywood.

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