Eatery's 'Five-Dolla-Holla' brings families together

November 18, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Located in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the city's South Side, the family-run restaurant recently instituted a popular promotion during the week, hoping to lure families in.

"It's called Five-Dolla-Holla. It's a five dollar that you dine-in. The concept was to get families back to the dinner table," said Jackie Vassar, the owner of Soul Food Unlimited.

The deal is, $5 gets you a meat-and-two, that is, a main dish -- like meatloaf, fried chicken or tilapia -- plus two sides. Sides include mac and cheese, collard greens or mashed potatoes, among many others. Vassar hopes the promotion changes people's eating habits a bit.

"Even when you cook at home, you're watching TV, they're in their room, everybody else in the basement. It's bringing families back together," Vassar said.

Dressing is obviously one of those side dishes that needs no explanation, but here, they tear up homemade cornbread, followed by pulled chicken. But there are also several dishes without meat.

"We have what we call a veggie plate so we do have sides that we don't cook with meat. If we do cook with meat, it's turkey. We have good food, good service and good prices," she said.

Now just to reiterate, that Five-Dolla-Holla special is only Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m. And you must dine in, which of course is the whole goal of the promotion to get families to eat together at the table.

In case you're craving ribs or tips, Soul Food Unlimited also owns a barbeque restaurant right next door.

Soul Food Unlimited
1423 W. 79th St.

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