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New Andersonville Restaurant Offers Fresh Take On Soul Food

Chef Kelley Davison

What do you add to a neighborhood with a incredibly diverse food scene? How about adding some new flavor with a whole lot of soul.

Since quietly opening in June, Bettie Lou’s at 5633 N. Ashland has been spicing up the food scene with their own style of soul food. With influences from Europe, Asia and the Islands, the business is poised to take on Andersonville care of owner and head Chef Kelley Davison.

Davison, whose personality is friendly and infectious, received her cooking passion from her mother whose image is the logo for the restaurant. She travels frequently and took additional cooking classes through the years to inspire different flavors and ethnic cuisines. Previously working at both The Cheesecake Factory and Spago, she ran a catering business for the past seven years.

Soul Roll

Ever have a soul roll? You’re in for a unique treat. Davison developed many of her dishes by testing out a variety of flavors and spices, bringing an urban take to her food. Her sweet and savory soul roll exemplifies her process with a combination of mac n’ cheese, collard greens and candied apples that are stuffed into an egg roll.

“The soul roll is weird to some when you tell them what it is,” said Davison. “But when you serve it to them they are blown away.”

The diverse menu contains an assortment of well known dishes (including many vegetarian and vegan options) prepared like you may have not expected.  The fried tacos, meatless sliders and jerk chicken nachos will take you on an unexpected journey into Davison’s creative world. Open for brunch, Bettie Lou’s peach cobbler french toast will delight as well as an assortment of homemade desserts.

The 1400 sq. ft. space is filled with African art that Davison collected through the years in a no-frills and comfortable dining area. It is currently BYOB but they are looking to get their liquor license soon. An outdoor seating area is expected for Summer of 2020.

“The restaurant was named after my mom and it pays homage to her,” Davison added. “Her passion was healing people and taking care of them through herbs and her cooking. To be able to share that with people and have the chance to do something that I’m so passionate about in my own restaurant is truly amazing. This food is my passion.”

Bettie Lou’s is open Wednesday and Thursday 12p.m. – 7p.m., Friday and Saturday 12p.m. – 10p.m., Sunday 12p.m. – 5p.m. and closed Monday and Tuesday. They also offer service for private events.


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