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Gallery: See 11 traditional Southern dishes at Detroit spot opening Friday

May 11, 2021, 7:59 AM by  Alan Stamm


This breakfast and lunch spot opens Friday on Woodward at West Grand. (Photos from restaurant)

If the 11 photos below don't stir fierce cravings, you're not a fan of Southern comfort classics like fried catfish, seafood gumbo, andouille sausage, shrimp and grits, bread pudding, peach cobbler and key lime anything.  

They're among selections at Joe Louis Southern Kitchen, opening Friday morning on Woodward. Mayor Mike Duggan plans to attend a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. Thursday.


A boneless chicken breast topped with apple-cabbage slaw, pickles and Brown Bomber sauce is called "The Champ."

The debut, delayed a year by the virus that plagued us, bring a return of a popular chicken and waffles combo that managing partner, Detroit native Johnny Cannon, served from 2003-18 at his New Center Eatery -- which was in the same space after moving from Grand Boulevard. Now he teams up with Joe Louis Barrow II, 50-year-old son of the legendary Detroit boxer, for a venture they hope to franchise in other cities.

"My father was happiest around his family and friends," a release quotes the son as saying, "and restaurants give you the opportunity to celebrate moments with the people you love." The late fighter's namesake, known as Jo Jo, is a former marketing and public relations executive who lives at Riverfront Towers downtown. He served for 18 years as chief executive of a youth golf nonprofit.

The 80-seat newcomer, just south of West Grand Boulevard, will serve breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu created by chefs Hakeem Biddle and David Mendez also features four types of flapjacks, Cajun fried stuffed turkey legs, bananas foster French toast and country fried cube steak with onions, gravy, potatoes and sauteed spinach.

There's no alcohol at the family-style spot, which offers seven children's portions for $8-$10. Beverages include strawberry-orange juice and a smoothie blend of spinach, avocado, bananas, strawberries, tumeric and almond milk.   

Photos of Joe Louis' heavyweight career decorate a space "designed to look like the front porch of an old Southern home, with trees and greenery in the ceiling and a 3D print of a front yard complete with a white picket fence," according to Monday's release. 

And speaking of photos, prepare to feel hunger and imagine aromas . . .


Buttermilk-marinated fried catfish is served over buttered rice, topped with creole gumbo sauce, diced tomatoes and grilled shrimp ($18).

This sunny way to greet the day is aptly called "The Rise and Shine."

Look out Kuzzo's, you've got a rival in the ring.

"The Training Camp," if you're truly famished -- and daring.

"The Sloppy Joe" comes on a toasted brioche bun with apple-cabbage slaw and fries.

Creole shrimp and grits

Avocado toast . . . not that Joe Louis knew it when he was heavyweight champ from 1937-49.

French toast dipped in Georgia peach-infused batter is topped with fresh peach cobbler compote.

Key lime pie flapjacks with blueberries

Cinnamon roll flapjacks

 



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