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Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant opens in South Charleston

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
Denise Jones, owner of the new Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant at 4845 MacCorkle Ave., South Charleston, gets her serving line ready for lunch. Jones said soul food “comes from the heart and soul.”
Sumthin’ Good Soul Food features such offerings as beef brisket, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, pulled pork, collard greens, baked beans, pinto beans and potato salad, to name just a few. Desserts such as peach cobbler and sweet potato pie are also on the menu.
Denise Jones, center, owner of Sumthin’ Good Soul Food, joins South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens and others in cutting a ribbon opening her new restaurant in Spring Hill.
Sumthin’ Good Soul Food owner Denise Jones is joined by part of her crew, which includes, from left: Antonio Hines II, Frank Langdon and Isaiah Harris. Sumthin’ Good opened June 5 at 4845 MacCorkle Ave. in the Spring Hill section of South Charleston.

When it comes to cooking, “love is always there,” said Denise Jones, owner of a new eatery in South Charleston that specializes in soul food.

Located at 4845 MacCorkle Ave., in the Spring Hill section of the city, Jones’ Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant had its grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on Monday, June 5.

Soul food, Jones said, “comes from the heart and soul. It’s from our grandmothers and great-grandmothers.”

It’s the kind of food that calls upon a cook’s talents for making something taste extra special with seasonings and marinades.

“It’s something that tastes good no matter what time of the day it is, because it started good from the beginning,” Jones said, as she greeted guests and well-wishers, including South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens.

As a good example of soul food, Jones mentioned her Mama Neisy’s Fried Chicken. It’s deep fried daily, resulting in a crisp crust and juicy meat inside. Other examples listed on the menu include Grandma Shirley’s Cabbage, Auntie Monica’s Baked Beans and Momma Fran’s Candied Yams and Mama Fran’s Mac N’ Cheese, to name just a few.

“It’s food that you can’t get anywhere else around town,” said Sumthin’ Good staff member Jay Harris. “It’s home cooked and it’s fresh every day. It makes you want to come back and get more.”

Sumthin’ Good’s menu also features barbecued ribs and other meats.

“We’ve got the best fall-off-the-bone ribs; we’ve got barbecue, pulled pork and beef brisket,” Harris said.

“The brisket is so juicy -- it’s smoked for 12 or 13 hours,” said Jones, who wore a T-shirt with the words “Yum-yum, come get some” on the back.

There’s also collard greens, cabbage and potato salad.

“Anything you can think of when you think of soul food,” Jones said.

The menu lists a number of lunch combos, meat plates, sandwiches and side orders ranging from baked beans to potato salad to cole slaw. Hot bologna sandwiches are also on the menu, as are salads.

For dessert, Somethin’ Good has Lo & Smella’s Peach Cobbler and Christina’s Sweet Potato Pie. There’s also assorted cakes on the menu.

Jones said she decided to open her soul food restaurant because she saw the opportunity, “and it was time.”

South Charleston is a good venue for a soul food restaurant, Harris added.

“We want to bring some life to this side of South Charleston. South Charleston is a beautiful city, and we want people to come out,” he said.

“South Charleston is growing, and we want to be part of that growth,” Jones said.

Currently, the Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers can pick up to-go orders, or eat in. Free WiFi is also available.

For more information about Sumthin’ Good Soul Food, or to place a to-go order, call 304-768-0968.


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