Mr. Bs Southern Kitchen | Since 2015, Mr. Bs Southern Kitchen has called 3401 N Nebraska Avenue home, but business hasn’t always been rosy. Ninkia Green and Calvin Jefferson, who own the business together, have had trouble in both the kitchen and the front of the house. By 2020, they had weekly losses of $2,000 to $3,000. There was tension between the siblings, and the business struggled owing to the pandemic, poor service, and subpar food.
In 2021 (season 19, episode 3, available on streaming sites), Robert Irvine from Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible enters the picture. The building received a $10,000 makeover thanks to the show, and Irvine discussed the tensions between Ninkia and Calvin that were getting in the way of their ability to run the firm together. In just 48 hours, the restaurant and its proprietors were able to become a thriving business that paid tribute to the area’s rich family and communal history.
The concept behind the term is that certain recipes are based on the use of honey. There are honey bees and other knickknacks adorning the walls. Bee Liscious Food is their catchphrase. The menu, as the name suggests, is heavily influenced by southern cooking, specifically soul food, but with a contemporary twist. I started with some fried okra and green tomatoes and moved on to a meal of smothered pork chop. The menu also had shrimp and grits and beef short rib.
Served on a bed of filthy rice and butter beans, this thick chop is fried to perfection and smothered in a rich mushroom sauce. The chop is juicy and tender, the filthy rice is tasty with a noticeable aftertaste of spice, and the butter beans are the perfect balance of soft and crunchy. To my southern soul, this is as satisfying as it gets, especially with a cup of sweet tea and a cornbread muffin in hand.
There are reasonable prices, prompt and pleasant service, and a contemporary, upbeat ambiance. Plenty of space is available at the back for parking. Catering and online delivery are available at Mr. B’s Southern Cuisine, which is also open for lunch and supper during the week and breakfast on the weekends. Keep an eye out for their food truck as it travels throughout town. Are you craving some comfort from the south? Believe me, you’ve come to the right location.