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See also: Detroit Soul Food
Formerly Jean Albert's.

For information and hours, please consult Soul Food's profile: Soul Food

495 Somerset St. W. Ottawa, Ontario
613 569 5326 (569 JEAN)

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2010 Apr 17
iheartsamosa, according to the hours posted on Soul Food's profile, they are closed between 2-5pm on weekdays but not weekends.

2010 Apr 17
I went yesterday but was near two. I didn't realize they were closed then. On the weekend, do they take a break in the middle between 2-5 as well?

2010 Apr 15
I was overjoyed to attend yesteday night with my lovely GF, strictly based on the reputation here on OF. It was more then worth it's while. We got in relatively late and closed the place; there were a half dozen people who still tried to come in after the kitchen closed which can only be a good sign for the restauraunt.

I started off with six of the sweet water bread orders, although due to my GF's lack of appetite it only came to 2 extra (beyond the 2 each which are normally provided). Ordered the Iced Tea which was perfect, just as my admittedly Canadian mother happens to make at home but adding in some lime and raspberries. Yum!

I orderd the fried chicken and my GF ordered the fried catfish after some hesitation. We both had bad experiences with the inch thick greece batter used in some other places. We were very happy to see all of this was appropriately battered and fried, enough to add a flavour and a crunch without hiding the meat or killing us with fat. Both the chicken and catfish were juicy and delicious beyond measure. The chicken was good even with the Franks and I need to try the homemade hotsauce next time. The catfish had more then enough complexity in my opinion and wouldn't benefit from hotsauce.

Beyond the mains, we also had four distinct appetizers. The Candied Yams were appropriately named, though I think they were a shade overly sweet for my preferences. It worked well in small porportions with some of the bitter, salty or spicy dishes though.

The Dirty rice was excellently piquant, with a rich variety of veggies beyond the simple tomato to give a more complex flavour which I appreciated.

The Collard Greens were bold in flavour but captured our hearts, assuaging the guilt with regards to all the fried foods with green goodness.

The Black Eyed Peas were some of the best ones I have had. I can't describe them with any justice, other then saying they were good and worth trying. My GF didn't consume much of them which might mark them as the least excellent of the appetizers we tried, but they were certainly worth it in my opinion.

Beyond that, the servers and owners are friendly and helpful. They chatted with us and were appreciative of our feedback. Apparently buisness is doing fairly well thus far and I hope this continues!

Now I need to come back to try their ribs and/or shrimp.

2010 Apr 14
They do. But, when we were there, they were only serving beer upstairs for the time being. In the restaurant area, they have hard lemonade and another mixed drinks. Best to ask Soul Food just in case?

2010 Apr 14
I'm so very excited to have these folks in my part of town (no, I haven't been yet), but, guys, I need to know: do they have their liquor license yet?

Don't get me wrong: I love me some lemonade, and I love me some real (non-sweet) iced tea, but sometimes a guy just needs pulled pork and a beer.

2010 Apr 13
As many of you would I'm sure agree, mid-priced dining in Ottawa can often come down to generic pub food or uninspiring chain restos. This place goes a long way towards fixing that.

Food is great, I personally enjoyed everything that we ordered...it's a lot like going to a person's home who just knows how to cook. I think portions are just right as well and value is great. It is generally not food for calorie counters, therefore reasonably sized plates allow you to enjoy trying a lot of the food without walking out feeling ill.

Definitely recommend the fried chicken and lemonade, although I am a sucker for this type of food and I am sure I would like it all. Hopefully Ottawa agrees with me.

2010 Apr 11
Here is a photo of my partner's fried chicken with beans and coleslaw. He really liked it and said it was the best fried chicken he had ever had.
Apologies for the somewhat crappy camera phone photos.

2010 Apr 11
FOOD COMA. My partner and I got some take-out from Jean Albert's tonight as I've been dying to try them for a while and was super excited to see them move to Somerset.
Some may ask why a vegetarian would be so excited to eat at a fried chicken place, but the list of side dishes had me drooling. Here is what I had:

Cole Slaw: Really crunchy and fresh. Creamy style, but still has a little bit of zip. My partner and I both really loved this.

Candied Yams: VERY sweet, but very good. I couldn't finish my order of these. For serious yam lovers only.

Dirty Rice: Smashed up rice with beans and corn. Has a bite to it. I'm usually not a huge fan of rice dishes but I enjoyed this a lot. I would order it again.

Sweet Water Corn Bread: WHOA. I could have eaten 15 pieces of this stuff. AMAZING. Perfect for sopping up various left-over sauces, crunchy on the outside and warm and chewy on the inside.

And the big star..

Macaroni & Cheese: I am a serious mac & cheese fan. I find myself frequently annoyed with places that use fancy cheeses and put weird stuff in their mac & cheese to try to make it more interesting, so I was relieved to see Jean Albert's serving a solid mac & cheese the way Mom makes it (elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese). Easily the best I have had from a restaurant.

I REALLY hope this place does well, as the food is stellar. I will be back... soon.

2010 Apr 10
the husband and i came here this weekend, after my raving about it for the past month or so.

this place is no fuss, no muss, not complicated, delicious cooking. people looking for complex meals need not apply.

we got there at around 7, with another table seated behind us. it was otherwise quiet. the place was hopping by the time we left.

i had the fried chicken, the husband had the BBQ chicken. i know, we're adventurous, right?

sides: french fries, coleslaw (him); collard greens and candied yams (me).

everything was really quite good. for thoughts on the individual aspects of the meal, see the food in question.

service was stellar. some of the best that i've gotten in ottawa and that alone made it worth our while. the atmosphere was comfortable.

the only thing i was a bit thrown by were the menus. the BBQ didn't properly explain that it did not come with a sauce, as it just says "great with the sauce baked in". the waitress had an odd time communicating this to us, and there was ultimately some confusion (the husband ended up with the sauce baked in, but thought it was part of the meal).

portions sizes are just right, *but* smaller than the photos from their halleville location would indicate.

we will be back.

ps. wait time was maybe twenty minutes for food; the waitress also made sure everything was hot, as they were short a cook last week, resulting in one table having cold food. i like that she followed up with us, and i think, centretown foodie might have been the patron she was referring to. sounds like some of the kinks are being worked out.

2010 Apr 9
Ate at the new location on Wednesday evening great to see some new life on Sommerset. We ordered the fried chicken dinner, pork rib dinner and the fried shrimp/fish combo. The wait for the meals was over 45 minutes which did seem too long but given the poor waitress seemed to be by herself we were patient. Sympathize as this is the first week of opening but I am afraid this could turn off some patrons (there was a woman across the room from us who looked clearly agitated). Overall food was great except the shrimp were not served warm but again likely due to kitchen being overloaded with orders and skelton staff. I will eat at Jean Albert's again definitely and I recommend it too!! I hope others will support them despite the growing pains of the new location.

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2010 Apr 17
This turned out to not really be my thing. We were served what resembled sweet silver-dollar pancakes dusted with cornmeal. Judging from their chewiness, our specimens were not super fresh. Anyway, it looks like I'm in the minority, so go nuts with them all the rest of you. ;-P

2010 Apr 11
Ah! Good to know! This wasn't mentioned on the menu, but I will definitely ask next time.

2010 Apr 11
LWB, at the Hallville resto you could order additional breads at 50c a piece, to be delivered with the meal. Somewhat embarrassingly we've ordered them by dozen in the past.

2010 Apr 10
the sweet water bread was really, really, really yummy.

i have, however, one qualm: would it be possible to have, as an option, the sweet water bread served with the meal? (or ordered as a side)

both the husband and i felt that the meal would have been better with some more of the melt in your mouth goodness.

2009 Aug 26


What was left of our order before I remembered to take a photo. They are addictive and I would say their signature item.

2009 Apr 8
“Similar to Corn Bread only sweeter and waaaay more addictive” says the menu.

Well I can definitely vouch for this statement… made in the traditional southern style, more of a pancake than a loaf. We found it very tasty… so much so, that “The Man” bought us a second order.




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2010 Apr 10
my favourite part of the meal. these were grand. again, the portion fell short; these came in a small cup, kind of the size you would expect salad dressing or other condiments to come in.

but, they were nonetheless divine.

2009 Apr 8
I can honestly say these are the best yams I have ever eaten. They alone would cause me to drive the 50-plus kms to Jean Albert's.

“The Man” is not a yam fan, but even he thought they tasted great...
But if he wants any he’ll have to get his own, because I’m not sharing!
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2010 Apr 17
I like a nice banana pudding and this one fits the bill. Sliced ripe bananas, a smallish amount of pudding, cake/biscuit matter, and loads of whipped cream. This put my gluttony over the top, but I'm glad to have tried it!

2008 Aug 18
The banana pudding dessert is smooth, creamy with lots of bananas and softened wafers and whipped cream and other secret ingredients. Absolutely delicious! (other desserts, such as sweet potato pie, buttermilk pie and peach cobbler are all just as great!)




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2009 Aug 26
Unfortunately I did feel the beans tasted like they were from a can with something sweet added to them. They were good, but nothing special.

2009 Apr 8
Others here have commented they think that the beans are out of a can, I can tell you these taste nothing like Clarks, Heinz, Libby or any other commercial prep... these are what I know as “jazzed up” baked beans. That is when you take beans and add in a whole bunch of extras… the taste was sweet and rich so I was guessing either molasses or brown sugar was in the mix, along with bits of onion, green pepper, maybe some celery, bbq sauce, mustard and seasonings…. hard to tell, and I’m guessing the owners aren’t giving away their recipe.

“The Man” liked them so much… he wasn’t sharing!
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2010 Apr 17
Like everything else, the seasonings don't get in the way of the natural flavours. These are pretty much just boiled in seasoned salt water. Very nice, with a hint of bitterness.

2009 Apr 10
The best side on the menu, and definitely the healthiest (LeRoy ommits the ham hock / pork necks for his vegetarian customers).

My three year old chicken nugget, kraft dinner, and ketchup monster proclaimed them the best part of her meal (over sweet bread, yams, and mac n'cheese). Nuff said.




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2010 Apr 18
This was reminiscent of Pumpkin Pie. The spices are similar but the texture is creamier and more moist, and the colour is more orange. Nice!

2009 Jun 15
The Sweet Potato Pie was wonderful. My husband doesn't like sweet potatoes, and he loved this pie!!!












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2008 Sep 28
We are the owners and operators of Jean Albert's Restaurant, and we would like to introduce to Canada our $1.00 Menu Breakfast. Everything on the $1.00 Menu is $1.00 each!!!!



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2009 Apr 8
The Ribs were fall off the bone good. The Whiskey Sauce was delicious… from what I could see the sauce was “mopped” onto the ribs as opposed to the ribs being slow baked directly in the sauce, but the sauce tasted like it had simmered for hours to bring out its goodness. Needless to say, the ribs were very yummy, and like Chimichimi I'm thinking the best that I've had in Ottawa.

Finger-lickin delicious. Although I loved the Whiskey Sauce, I need to go back and try the others – Tequila, Scotch, Honey, Buffalo and Hot.

2009 Jan 24
These ribs are amazing. Not pit BBQ style, but very very good, very tender, meat just flakes apart, the sauce was delicious and tangy (had the scotch BBQ sauce). The portion was pretty good, I think it was around 6 full side ribs. I'd say they are the best ribs in Ottawa (until someone makes proper pit BBQ).

2008 Aug 3
These ribs kick serious southern butt. Tender, meaty bones accompanied by, not smothered in, a Jack Daniels BBQ sauce (there are three other sauces)made this a meal worth the drive to Hallville.



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2010 Apr 17
This was very good. Breaded with plenty of salt then deep-fried, it was a delightfully thick (3/4") chunk of fish. Not overcooked at all.




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2010 Apr 18
You'll like it more than I did if you like your coleslaw creamy and chunky. I tend to like a little more vinegar and a finer chop. That said, I ate it all and enjoyed it anyway!

2009 Aug 26
Very creamy. Simple but good. Very chunky cabbage.



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2009 Mar 29
After a really horrible pulled pork experience at Buster's Bar and Grill (way too sweet, meat was mush, on a ciabatta like bun with lettuce?!? wtf), I went to Jean Albert's to rectify the situation. After hearing they were reopening this weekend after extensive plumbing repairs, they were offering a pulled pork sandwich special so I had to take a drive...

For $8.99, you got: a homemade biscuit like bun, a mound of homemade, smoky, tangy, pulled pork, with coleslaw served on top and some crinkle cut fries. This sandwich was awesome, best I've had in Ottawa outside of my own kitchen. I think it should be a regular menu item. Good news is - they appear to be hiring staff for Bluesfest! That's almost a reason in and of itself to go to Bluesfest.



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2010 Apr 17
This is very much like that refreshing stuff you get from hawkers in the lemon-shaped stands on Canada Day. I liked it but as people say, it is not at all sour.

2010 Apr 10
the lemonade, however delicious, is for the sourwusses, rather than the sourpusses. it's quite tasty, but didn't have the bite that i look for in lemonade, even after squeezing what i could from the three lemon slices trapped inside.

2009 Aug 26
I really liked it because of the lack of sour and just a little bit sweet. My SO prefers a tart lemonade so she found this a bit watery.

2009 Apr 8
A big jar of lemons on the counter. And a whole lot of lemons in the lemonade. Freshly Squeezed and perfectly balanced (not too sweet, sour or tart)… great anytime of year, but I’m sure it will be sold by the gallons on a hot summer day.



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2010 Aug 8
Not really wanting to knock Jean Albert's they are one of the better fried chicken places I have had in Ottawa. But there is always room for improvement. I was recently at Paula Dean's restaurant in Savannah, Lady and Son's and I have never experienced fried chicken like this in my life. Simply amazing! Hopefully Jean's doesn't fall victim to the swollen head syndrome.

2010 Aug 8
When I ordered the 3-piece, I got 2 drumsticks and 1 thigh. The batter was definitely not as thick/appealing as pictured in LOTW. Man, his picture actually looks pretty good.

Taste was alright though.

2010 Apr 17
They gave me a brilliantly large portion: 1 drumstick, 1 full wing, and a giant back/breast piece. This is tasty chicken! The batter is mostly just salty but you actually taste the meat, which is in pleasant contrast with other fried chicken experiences.

My initial reaction was that it tastes a lot like those crispy salty fried chicken wings you see at Chinese buffet restaurants. But the meat here is more moist and flavourful. Very nice!

2010 Apr 10
the portion is smaller than LOTW's description, but that's not to say that i left hungry.

the chicken is indeed light and crispy in its coating and not at all greasy. served with the tequila bbq sauce.

the coleslaw portion is about half of what you see there.

2009 Aug 26
This is the Southern Fried Chicken meal (with sides). Three big pieces of chicken, described like below: light and crispy coating and skin and not greasy at all. In short, delicious.

And I don't see a small portion here at all.

I also added a side of their homemade Hot sauce, which was excellent. It has a kick, but is full of flavour. Next time I would get the chicken tossed in it for sure.

2009 Apr 10
Super excellent. Just like I've had in places that really know fried chicken (Ohio, Kentucky, Northern Florida). Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside. Flavourful coating, but not so much as to hide the delicate flavour of chicken cooked on the bone.

2009 Jan 24
As a previous reviewer states, the fried chicken here has a light coating. Was seasoned well, and with a few dashes of Frank's Red Hot, makes for a very satisfying meal. If you prefer the thick, super crunchy style of fried chicken, this is not for you.

2008 Aug 3
The recipes used at Jean Albert's come from the owner's grandmother. They may be her recipes, but chef Leroy Walden was paying attention while she was preparing them. The Southern Fried Chicken is excellent. The coating is light and neither too salty nor spicy and the meat was tender and juicy.