From the Soul.
For centuries, Black Americans have passed on hearty, sumptuous recipes to mark many occasions, and Louella's Cali Soul Kitchen hopes to do the same. Named after head chef Keith Corbin's grandmother, Louella's serves Southern soul food with a California twist.
A native of the South LA neighborhood Watts, Corbin embodies every aspect of home in his cooking. Drawing connections between traditional West African food and California cuisine, the Louella's menu fuses his grandmother's dishes with a vibrant aesthetic and produce-driven approach. Kick back with a soul bowl, a fried chicken sandwich, or both – we don't make the rules.
The fried chicken is a mouthwatering must. Delicately crispy and deep-fried, The New York Times ranked it as one of their top ten LA dishes of 2019. Enjoy with hot sauce, if you know what you're doing.
The Louella's Story:
As told by Head Chef Keith Corbin
"My inspiration comes from my granny. I grew up being in the kitchen with her, learning, watching, and listening to her share history as she cooked. Originating from Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama, soul food is associated with comfort and decadence that stems from struggle and survival. It ties Black culture and African roots, and that history is reflected in the staple recipes and techniques of today. Today, I'm inspired to take what I've inherited and give it some California love."