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Who's Ruby Mae? What is Soul Food?

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This restaurant is named after two of the most loving people in the world;

My grandmothers: Ruby Thompson and Julia Mae Green

Both women born in the South taught me the history of Soul Food.  Soul Food is not an ordinary meal, but a meal prepared with history, passion, and love which is passed on to the next generation.


As a child I loved visiting my grandmothers. I could smell their cooking before I entered the house. There was always a meal on their stoves. Grandma Ruby would say, “Girl, you better get you something to eat”; while Grandma Mae wouldn’t ask questions, she would prepare you a plate. We would laugh and talk over a good home cooked meal. Both grandmothers shared stories that were passed down to them by their grandparents. 

 

I was told stories of how soul food dishes originated. Slaves in the south were given the scraps to eat. They would take the scraps, mix it with love and create a meal; for example, pig feet, neck-bones, and ox-tails. Mealtime was the most important time of the day for slaves. This was the only time during the day they had an opportunity to share time together, laugh, and most of all discuss their plans to freedom.


Over the years, African Americans have continued to use food as an opportunity to bring the family together, enjoy a good discussion, and share laughter.  When you find “Soul Food” you will always find Love, Laughter, and Family.


La Toya B. Flood



In loving memory of Grandma Ruby 

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Ruby Mae Quality

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Our Standard

Customers can have complete confidence and peace of mind knowing that our services meet the highest standards. We continually strive to improve our atmosphere, menu, food and customer service requirements.

Our company ethos is based on developing close relationships with clients and our community, focusing on their expectations and enhancing customer satisfaction.

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Our Menu

Our menu features ALL of the Southern classics from Virginia to North and South Carolina; all the way to Georgia, Texas, and New Orleans.  We're bringing a taste of Southern Comforted right here to Kingston NY. We put a twisted to "Soul Food" without using fatty, greasy ingredients, but keeping our food fresh locally grown and farmed. We love to create and change our menu based on the seasons, but maintaining the 'favorites' as top priority.

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Our Team

The service will be relaxed, very friendly and correct. We hired the best people available, training, motivating and encourage them, and thereby retaining the friendliest most efficient staff possible. Everyone is treated fairly and with the utmost respect for customers and our team.  Our team is the greatest part of our success. A happy team equal and successful restaurant.