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Street Foodie: The Soul Food of MLK

Chicken and Waffles
Photography by Brent Holmes
Photography by Brent Holmes

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 

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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


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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

Briny, 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

(Editor's note: Brent Holmes no longer works for Nevada Public Radio)