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Best Soul Food Restaurant

Heaven's Gate Eatery

1825 N. Smallwood St., (410) 523-9800

Posted 9/18/2002

No matter what you call it--soul food, Southern, or home-style--we gauge its quality by the mac 'n' cheese. If it's consistent and creamy like the elementary-school staple, forget it--what can you expect from a cook who can't take the time to at least shred a little cheddar into the sauce? Needless to say, the mac 'n' cheese at this Coppin Heights restaurant is fantastic. The green beans are overcooked to perfection. The candied yams are dense and yummy. The lake trout is flaky and moist. But gut-busting home-cooked food isn't the only thing you get when you take a seat in the spartan-but-clean dining room. Run by members of the Mount Hebron Memorial Church of God in Christ, Heaven's Gate ("Food for the body and soul") offers a safe haven for neighborhood kids, meals to the needy, and an anchor for the community. But you can't get dinner on Sunday--that's the day they rest, of course.

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Other Awards for Best Soul Food Restaurant:

Sista Sandra's, 9/19/2007

Symone's Soul Café, 9/20/2006

Heaven’s Gate Eatery, 9/22/2004

Downtown Southern Blues, 9/17/2003

Jennifer's Southern Cuisine, 9/19/2001

Courtney's Restaurant and Lounge, 9/13/2000

Log Cabin Restaurant, 9/15/1999

Micah's Cafeteria, 9/17/1997

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