Highest-rated Southern restaurants in Newark, according to Yelp

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May 5, 2023
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Highest-rated Southern restaurants in Newark, according to Yelp

Just travel below the Mason-Dixon Line, but don't go any further than Texas to try some of the most mouthwatering comfort food: Southern food.

Southern dishes are a vital part of American cuisine. There's a variety of popular Southern dishes, from the delicious crunchiness of fried chicken to the thick and spicy sauce of Louisiana's etouffee.

What's unique about these comfort food meals is that multiple ethnic and cultural groups have influenced today's Southern plates. Spanish culture staples, such as potatoes and cocoa, are in many Southern dishes. The Acadians, who traveled to Louisiana from Nova Scotia and later became Louisiana Creoles, contributed their seafood cooking to many Southern meals. African ingredients—okra, melon, sorghum (an ancient grain), and black-eyed peas—became a part of the culture through the forced labor of enslaved people. Methods the French use, like braising and sauteing, can be found in many of the Southern dishes made today. And Native Americans introduced corn to Southern recipes.

Southern cooking is such a significant part of American culture that a museum is dedicated to these irresistible dishes and drinks: the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans.

Southern dishes are literally an explosion of cultures. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated Southern restaurants in Newark using data from Yelp. The rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Keep reading to see if your favorite spot made the list.

#8. The Juke Joint Soul House

- Rating: 3.0/5 (207 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 9 1st Ave Bloomfield, NJ 07003
- Categories: Chicken Wings, Soul Food, Southern
- Read more on Yelp

#7. Southern Komfort Bar & Grill

- Rating: 3.0/5 (103 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 501 Central Ave Orange, NJ 07050
- Categories: Cafes, Southern, Bars
- Read more on Yelp

#6. City Rub Smokehouse

- Rating: 3.5/5 (138 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 118 Stockton St Newark, NJ 07105
- Categories: Southern, Sports Bars, Steakhouses
- Read more on Yelp

#5. Urban Chicken

- Rating: 4.0/5 (269 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 43 Glenridge Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
- Categories: Chicken Wings, Southern
- Read more on Yelp

#4. Lite & Soul Eatery

- Rating: 4.0/5 (39 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 64A 4th Ave East Orange, NJ 07017
- Categories: Southern, Desserts
- Read more on Yelp

#3. KB's BBQ Smokehouse

- Rating: 4.0/5 (255 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 1077 Stuyvesant Ave Irvington, NJ 07111
- Categories: Barbeque, Smokehouse, Southern
- Read more on Yelp

#2. Cornbread - Newark

- Rating: 4.0/5 (72 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 915 Broad St Newark, NJ 07102
- Categories: Southern, Soul Food
- Read more on Yelp

#1. The Weekend Spot Restaurant

- Rating: 4.5/5 (80 reviews)
- Price: $$
- Address: 683 Springfield Ave Newark, NJ 07103
- Categories: Soul Food, Southern, Puerto Rican
- Read more on Yelp

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