See Inside Over-the-Rhine's New Soul Food Restaurant Soul Secrets

Entrepreneur Candice Holloway is bringing a taste of her grandmother's cooking to Over-the-Rhine.

Holloway officially opened Soul Secrets, a Southern-style comfort food eatery in April. The restaurant is minimally decorated, stylish illustrations of powerful black folks adorn the walls.

When asked what soul food is, Holloway starts talking about her grandmother, Alice. It’s the same case in every culture, when you ask someone who’s passionate about a specific style of food their thoughts always gravitate to family.

A look at the menu shows entrees that, in a lot of the South, would just be called good ol’ home cooking: fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried whiting and catfish. On the side there’s macaroni and cheese, collard greens with turkey, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, cornbread — the kinds of dishes prepared for the family, the kind of food you’d hope for when someone offers to “fix you a plate.” Soul food is deeply personal, but it serves the community.

Soul Secrets is located at 1434 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. Find more information at soulsecretscincy.com.

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