MIDLAND, Texas (FOX 24) – As part of Black History month, we’re highlighting a staple in the culture– soul food. We take you to a Basin restaurant that explains its roots.
Step inside Scotty’s in Midland and you’ll find all sorts of mouthwatering soul food.
“Soul food is the best food,” said Rodney Ford, customer.
“A lot of the soul food that we eat today was created by slaves,” said Amber Hall, Midland resident/employee.
Hall gave us some insight into the history of soul food.
“They were usually given the lesser parts of the animal,” said Hall. “If you’re given a not choice piece of meat or a vegetable that doesn’t taste that great, you have to do a lot of things to it. That’s why there’s so much seasoning.”
She says the African American culture embraced it as a way to pass something down to other generations.
“We didn’t have land, we weren’t given homes and so how I made my collard greens came from my grandma which came from my great grandma,” said Hall.
Nine-year-old Sanaa Berry loves her parents’ cooking.
“It’s the best,” said Berry. “I get to eat whatever I want.”
They own Scotty’s and her favorite dish.
“The smothered pork chops,” said Berry.
“Another thing is chitterlings which is pig intestine,” said Hall. “It’s one of those things that not everyone likes.”
But this young girl seems to like it all.
“Yam, mac and cheese, green beans, like all the sides,” said Berry.
She says customers give Scotty’s rave reviews.
“They say it’s very good,” said Berry.
Rodney Ford agrees, he left on a full stomach.
“Beef tips, rice and gravy, cornbread, green beans and mac and cheese,” said Ford.
Another soul food favorite is “oxtails.” It’s the culinary name for the tail of cattle.