Here are nine things that you need to know about soul food. First, it was "soul music," then "soul brother," "soul sister," and ultimately "soul food." The second critique, more prevalent within the African American community, is that soul food shouldn't be celebrated because it's "slave food" or "poverty food." Much of what we call soul food was once celebration food or prestige food. Inside the South, Atlanta has the best overall soul food scene, with a nice mix of traditional, Down Home Healthy, upscale, and vegan soul food restaurants.