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Henry Coleman knows from Detroit soul food, Detroit comfort food, Detroit's streetside, slapdash, eat-while-walking cuisine. From behind the rail of his kitchen at Coleman's (in the former home of Ethel's House of Soul), he knocks up specials (roasted barbecued chicken breast with greens and rice and gravy, if you're lucky), bakes the cornbread, slow-cooks his brisket and hot links, and fries up an incredibly good fried chicken.
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Henry Coleman, owner and head cook at Coleman's Soul Food, which took over the space occupied for decades by Ethel's House of Soul, knows from Detroit soul food, Detroit comfort food, Detroit's streetside, slapdash, eat-while-walking cuisine. He's a veteran lunchwagon cook from the city. Now, behind the rail of his kitchen at Coleman's, he knocks out specials (roasted barbecued chicken breast with greens and rice and gravy), bakes cornbread, slow-cooks his brisket and hot links. But what he does best is fry chicken. Each serving brings two legs and a big, plump piece of breast, steaming and juicy beneath a simple crust of flour, pepper, salt and spices. And on the side: a little cup of straight, uncut hot sauce; a big bowl of excellent church-picnic potato salad, heavy on the mustard, with celery and hard-boiled egg; another bowl of soft, sweet, molasses-y baked beans; a slab of cornbread big as a piece of birthday cake. The only thing missing? A couple shots of whiskey to wash it down.
I'm from Flint, Michigan, my mother was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and my father was born and raised in Flint. I lived in Lousiana for a while before I came to Colorado so i've had the best soul food you could possibly offer! Since i've been to Colorado soul food hasn't been the same:( Sad to say! Other than my mothers cooking at home that's the closest it's been for me but she lives in Colorado Springs and I now reside in Arvada so I thought i'd never get the chance to experience legit soul food for a long time, but a few years ago a friend of mine said "let's go eat at this soul food spot" I said okay whatever it's just not the same out here. We got to the location and I saw Coleman's A Taste of Detroit located at 2622 Welton Street. I walked in and immediately I was greeted with love from one of the servers. I smiled because in Colorado customer service is terrible, so I knew right then they weren't from the state and this was gonna be a pleasant surprise smooth experience all around for me! I picked up the menu and instantly was confused! lol On the menu they had "Chiterlings!!!" Pigs Feet, Fried Chicken, Fried Gizzards, Barbecued Pork Ribs, Pork Chops, Links, Brisket, and last but never least "FRIED CATFISH!!!" I looked at my friend Joey and said this menu isn't a normal Colorado menu, this is really a southern/midwest menu! He smiled:) He said you have to try the Fried Catfish Derrick! So I ordered the Fried Catfish immediately! But the side dishes is what let me know this was the real deal when it came to soul food: Black eyed peas, rice and gravy, cabbage, candy yams (Sweet Potatoes with Marshmellows for those of you who don't know), cornbread, collard greens, and lots more exciting sides. So I got the collard greens and black eyed peas with a piece of cornbread and a glass of Sweet Tea! One bit into it and this restaurant was now my #1 place to eat:) I fell in love and enjoyed every bit of that meal. I had to meet the cook! He came out and introduced himself as Henry Coleman. I said "It's a pleasure and a blessing to meet you sir!" He smiled and asked me "Did it make you feel at home?" I smiled and said without a doubt from the first bite to the last! lol If you haven't experienced this man's cooking yet at Coleman's you are most definitely missing out!
My man Henry...a great place to be...Coleman's Taste of the Detroit. One of Denver's best kept secrets. I won't tell you to try anything specific on the menu because it is all so wonderful...no flash at this joint, all food, and Henry pours his heart and soul into everything coming out of the kitchen. Keep up the good work!
Henry Coleman, owner and head cook at Coleman's Soul Food, which took over the space occupied for decades by Ethel's House of Soul, knows from Detroit soul food, Detroit comfort food, Detroit's streetside, slapdash, eat-while-walking cuisine. He's a veteran lunchwagon cook from the city. Now, behind the rail of his kitchen at Coleman's, he knocks out specials (roasted barbecued chicken breast with greens and rice and gravy), bakes cornbread, slow-cooks his brisket and hot links. But what he... More »
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