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Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food now serving up tasty southern eats

Carlos Hernandez

Most people have heard of Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ in Ybor City, but have you heard of Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food? The online footprint of the spot is not too big and Google seems to confuse the listings, but if you make the trip along 7th Avenue to 23rd Street there is a surprise waiting for you with great food. A true taste of the south awaits you if you head to to the other side of town.

From fried chicken and baked chicken to pork chops, turkey wings, fried green tomatoes, and boiled peanuts with neckbones, Al's Soul Food is offering eats you won't find easily find around Tampa Bay. I was personally happy to enjoy a great sweet tea with my food after spending far too much time out of the south.

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I ordered a quarter of fried chicken during my visit (all white for a $0.99 upcharge) which came with two sides and cornbread. I went with mac and cheese (+$0.99) and collard greens as my sides of choice.

You can also find black-eyed peas, fried okra, green beans and potatoes, potato salad, french fries, white and yellow rice on the menu. Fridays also have an offering of cole slaw and grits. Daily specials are offered on the menu from Wednesday to Sunday and they have lunch specials as well.

Soul food isn't my specialty since it is so uncommon here, but what I do know is good food and that is exactly what I enjoyed at Al's Soul Food. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the attention to detail was exact. The collard greens were flavorful and the mac and cheese was unlike a mac and cheese I have enjoyed anywhere else and completely satisfying. Not super cheesy, but just enough.

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The best part was that this all tasted like home-cooking, it wasn't overly greasy or acid-inducing. The corn bread was absolutely delicious and a perfect started to the meal. I enjoyed every last lick of my fried chicken down to the last piece of fried goodness. I was in a happy place, I looked around at the somewhat empty dining room during my visit and thought to myself how has nobody reviewed this place? There are still two major publications left in town.

Then I remembered I am a writer and I can do that myself. So here's my thoughts: Get in your car and drive to Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food as soon as possible. You won't regret it. Places like this deserve all our love and cash. Tell a friend. For as much as this town claims to love chicken, here is a spot doing it right.

Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food. 2302 E 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605. (813) 405-8920

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