Thursday, December 22, 2011

Soul Patrol

Soul Patrol is a Southern restaurant and food truck in Honolulu, Hawaii. Sean Priester, the master chef, grew up in the South, but has traveled extensively throughout the world. Using local ingredients, he has successfully blended Southern and Island nuances throughout much of the menu.

The restaurant is located on Waialae Avenue, across from City Mill. The food truck can be spotted around town and at several public events (i.e., farmers' markets). I decided to try Soul Patrol at the Honolulu Farmers' Market, held just outside the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall.

A sampling of what Soul Patrol serves
Look at the spread! All the different dishes to tempt us customers....

My family and I ordered the BBQ spare rib plate ($10): baked pork ribs cooked low and slow, covered in BBQ sauce, with sides of cole slaw and cornbread.

BBQ Spare Rib plate (Soul Patrol)
The ribs were tender and fell off the bone without much effort. The sweet KC-style BBQ sauce blanketed the ribs and enhanced the eating experience. The cole slaw had a slight sweetness that my dad didn't necessarily care for -- so I took it all and gobbled that down like no tomorrow. I liked the cornbread. It had the dry qualities of a traditional cornbread, but also featured some type of sweet glaze on top that again provided one of those "slap yo mama" moments. The portion I got appeared a bit smaller than the lovely sample platters on the table.

At Soul's restaurant, Sean offers several specials throughout the week. On Tuesdays, the military get 20% off their check with military ID, and students (with valid ID) can get his amazing Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Chili plate for $8. Wednesdays bring Fried Chicken and Waffles, a Southern classic. On Saturdays and Sundays, it's all about breakfast or brunch!

Check out Soul Patrol (either the food truck or the brick-and-mortar restaurant) and experience some comforting soul food! 8.25/10

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