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Pee Wee’s food for the soul

Scott McLean

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Sister Pee Wee’s Soul Food in Grant Hill is a very small but lively restaurant located near downtown San Diego.

Sister Pee Wee’s offers an old but eclectic mix of food and characters. There is no set menu, no person to seat you, and when you enter, it feels as if you walked into some random person’s kitchen.

The menu at Wee’s is one of the restaurant’s greatest draws. You never know what is available unless you call or go in. Sister Pee Wee decides each morning what the meal for that day is going to be depending on what she feels like cooking that day.

Some frequent menu items at Sister Pee Wee’s are BBQ ribs, fried chicken, fresh fish, smothered pork chops and BBQ chicken. The sides, which also vary daily, include collard greens, macaroni and cheese, green beans, black-eyed peas and pinto beans.

The day I was there, Sister Pee Wee’s served fried catfish, fried chicken and one of my favorite foods, baby back ribs.

I chose the ribs, which were very tender and falling off the bone. They had been slow cooked by Sister Pee Wee in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and were accompanied by spicy cabbage that was to die for. The plate also had fresh cornbread and white rice smothered in brown gravy, a truly home cooked meal.

A very small restaurant run by Sister Pee Wee and just a few others, Sister Pee Wee’s has some of the friendliest staff and tastiest soul food that you can find anywhere in San Diego. The restaurant seats maybe 10 people and serves soda from the can, but what Wee’s lacks in decor, it certainly makes up for in down-home hospitality and great food.

Sister Pee Wee came to San Diego from Little Rock, Arkansas when she was 16 years old. Since her arrival in San Diego, she raised eight children and has served food to the community around Grant Hill for over 42 years.

In my opinion, Sister Pee Wee’s has hit the mark on soul food. My soul feels better for having visited the place.

The only fault to be found at Wee’s is that the restaurant is cash only and can only seat ten people at a time.

Wee’s hours of operation is like her eclectic menu. They are open from 7 a.m. to whenever they run out of food, so get there early. Meals range in price from $10 to $12. The address is 2971 Imperial Ave. San Diego, Ca, 92102 and the phone number is 619- 253-6455.

Sister Pee Wee’s great cooking and extremely friendly service get the soul food restaurant 4 out of 5 stars.

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