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Soul food restaurant opens in downtown Cary

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EJ's Soul Food restaurant opened last month in downtown Cary in the space formerly occupied by Cindy's House Cafe.

Owner Erma "E.J." Jones says she and her husband retired last year and decided to move to the Triangle from Maryland after enjoying vacations in North Carolina. Jones says she and her husband had owned a daycare and school but wanted to open a business in retirement. Given her upbringing, a restaurant seemed like a good fit.

"Being the oldest of eight children and the oldest girl, you know who did all the cooking," Jones says.

Their restaurant, Jones says, is the opposite of fast food: everything is homemade. She quips the food is so filling that "you need a nap afterward."

The menu includes Maryland crab cakes without any fillers, meatloaf, fried chicken; sides from baked beans to collard greens, fried okra to macaroni and cheese; homemade desserts including chocolate cake and sweet potato pie; and bread made fresh daily.

Diners get an entree with two sides plus bread. Desserts and drinks are sold separately.

The restaurant is located at 140 E. Chatham St., Cary, 919-481-9411.

The hours are:

Mondays-Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday: Noon-9 p.m.

Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.


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You might want to check the

You might want to check the above information for the correct Saturday hours.

Thanks for pointing that

Thanks for pointing that out. I think she said they are open to 9 p.m. Saturday, not midnight, which I wrote earlier. I'm double checking now.

bad attitude owner

the owner had our family sitting in the dark room on other side with no lights.  wtf   she complained because our chicken was undercooked.  we left when we heard the way she talked to her employees

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.