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Street Foodie: The Soul Food of MLK


Chicken and Waffles
Photography by Brent Holmes

Chicken and Waffles at the Gritz Cafe

If you know where to look, this area offers soulful sustenance


Chicken and waffles, $10, Gritz Cafe

This version of the soul-food standard makes for a satisying start to any day. The wonderfully seasoned chicken and spongy, crispy waffle comes with a side of smooth, savory grits. 1911 Stella Lake St., 702-255-4748 


Fried Catfish, $7.58/lb, Mario’s westside market 


You can’t talk MLK and food without noting Mario’s, which has served the area for 20-plus years. This fried catfish is the standard by which the rest should be judged — and at a price you cant beat. Add four hush puppies for $1. 1960 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., 702-648-1482


Pork Egg Fu Young, $6, Soul Foo Young

I disliked egg fu young — untill I had it here. Fluffy and rich, it will have the hardest fu young hater saying, Never have I ever. Try the fried rice, too — it’s dirty and delicous! 1216 W. Owens Ave., 702-539-0333


Oyster po’ Boy, $10, fish cage

Oyster Po BoyBriny, unctous fried oysters atop a lively slaw. Add a squeeze of lemon to up the contrast, and you have a champion sandwich. 3940 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., 702-586-1400

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