Between 1910 and 1970, more than 6 million Black Americans moved north to cities like Detroit from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and other southern states, bringing their food and culinary traditions with them. As a result, most Detroiters are no more than a generation or two removed from “down south,” which means that great southern cuisine — black-eyed peas, collards, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, okra — is almost on every corner of the city.
These days, meats are smothered, baked, and fried; sides are cooked in turkey; mac and cheese might be vegan; and fried chicken is sometimes served in an upscale dining room downtown.
It’s hard to find bad southern food in a city with deep southern roots, but below are some diverse places to get some of the best that’s seasoned just right.
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