Why don’t we think soul food when we think Minneapolis?
The answers are complicated. Unlike other major cities in America, Minneapolis did not see a large influx of Black people to our city between the first and second world wars. By the 1940 census, there were only 4,646 Black people living here — compare this with almost a half million in the same year in New York City.
And much like many other parts of America, Minneapolis was not historically immune to discriminatory practices, keeping African Americans from business and entrepreneurial pipelines.
When we think “#north” we don’t exactly think soul. But like many things in Minneapolis, you just gotta know where to look. A new generation of culinarians are rejuvenating what it means to be Black, and cooking, and eating in the Twin Cities. Just like the rest of our city, surprises abound.
Take a look at these local restaurants and businesses that are bringing soul food to Minneapolis.