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JERMAINE AND BRITTANY HOUSER, owners of Soul & Sea, 10718 Frankstown Rd. in Penn Hills, are ready to make their mark on the Pittsburgh restaurant industry. (Photos by Gail Manker)

If you’re searching for some of the best soul and seafood in the ‘Burgh, look no further than Soul & Sea on Frankstown Rd. in Penn Hills.

They offer a unique menu, featuring the best of both worlds; crab legs to ribs, wings to lobster tails…Soul & Sea does not disappoint. Take your pick—“Soul” or “Sea”—you’re guaranteed to be satisfied.

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Bree White of “Breelicious Bites,” and I’ve been writing reviews of Pittsburgh restaurants for over two years. I’m a Pittsburgh native, and Carlow University graduate.

FRIED LOBSTER TAILS (Photos by Gail Manker)

With all the talk surrounding it, you know I had to visit Soul & Sea restaurant on Sept. 20. Brittany and Jermaine Houser, the owners, were ready to serve up the hot dishes, and the first dish to arrive was the fried lobster tail. I must say, it was cooked to perfection. The coating was a flawless golden brown, and was served with a homemade dipping sauce, but honestly, the lobster tail was pure deliciousness all by itself. It was my first time tasting fried lobster, and it quickly became a favorite. I then moved on to the grilled tail. It was just as good, if not better, than the fried. The meat was luscious, buttery and downright finga-lickin-good!

GRILLED LOBSTER TAILS

After indulging in the luxurious lobster, I moved on to the side dishes. I ate green beans, potato salad and yams and apples. My favorite of the three was the potato salad. Now y’all know, everybody can’t make potato salad, hence the movie, “Who Made the Potato Salad?” ‘Cause that’s the first question we ask at all family functions…

FRIED SCALLOPS, SHRIMP, LOBSTER

But my fork kept coming back to this potato salad from Soul & Sea. A close second was the yams and apples, they were dressed in a delectable brown sugar and cinnamon sauce. I didn’t like the green beans too much.

Brittany Houser next offered up the shrimp and grits and the loaded lobster mac. Boy, they are meals within themselves, and both were enjoyable! If I had to choose between the two, it would be the loaded lobster mac. I felt as though the grits were a little under-seasoned for my taste, but the jumbo grilled shrimp made up for that in a big way. The mac was loaded with fried scallops, shrimp and langoustine meat, and Soul & Sea does not skimp on the seafood.

No meal is complete without dessert, so on this warm, sunny Wednesday afternoon in Penn Hills, I asked Brittany to let me try her best. She came back with their strawberry scooter crunch cake and the Signature Royal Waffle. Honestly, both were…heavenly. The cake was moist and had a middle layer of cheesecake, which took it to another level. The Belgium waffle lived up to the name “Royal,” it was topped with strawberries, whipped cream and a signature sauce. I asked about that signature sauce, but Brittany said those magic words—“It’s a secret…I’ll never tell.”

BRIANA WHITE

After my feast, I chatted with Brittany about what makes Soul & Sea special, and she said: “The customer service. We want everyone who comes in to feel like family.” She also said they have weekly specials, which are posted on their Instagram account, @Soulnsea412, or you can call them at 412-723-2780 for store hours and more information.

To recap, my favorite dish at Soul & Sea was the grilled lobster tail, and I recommend trying that, along with the fried lobster tail, loaded lobster mac and cheese, and the Signature Royal Waffle. Overall, I give the food at Soul & Sea, 4 out of 5 “Breelicious Bites.”

 

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