Down South Cooking


Posted Tue, Sep 24, 2013


BON APPETIT: Kirk’s signature dishes: seafood gumbo, meatloaf and catfish will have you running back for more. [Photo by Zee Nwuke]

AURORA, Colo. – There is a new restaurant in Aurora that has been causing a buzz. If you’re a fan of soul food, you need to find some time to try out Kirk’s Soul Kitchen, 14107 E. Colfax Ave. Now open for about a year and a half, Kirk’s Soul Kitchen has an array of different meals and dishes to please an appetite. Kirk’s Soul Kitchen is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Owner Jay Berry has really enjoyed running his business. He wanted to bring a taste of southern cooking to the city of Denver. “What I enjoy most is pleasing the customers; watching people come in, eat, and enjoy their food,” Berry says.

Many of Berry’s dishes are family recipes handed down from his grandmother and auntie. They are southern recipes from Alabama and Louisiana. Some of his best dishes are the signature dish seafood gumbo, meatloaf and catfish. Meals range from $7.25 combo plates to $14 meals. They all taste great and will have you running back for more.

“I enjoy seeing people come in and enjoying the same type of food that I was raised on,” Berry says.

Berry has big plans for his soul food restaurant. He hopes to see his restaurant transform into the “next franchise” one day.

“I want to do a soul food franchise and go nationwide; possibly worldwide if it is permit able,” Berry says. He plans on opening a few more restaurants here in Colorado and then going out of state to expand his franchise. These are big goals that Berry is determined to meet, but it doesn’t seem like it will be hard to attain.

Berry named his restaurant, Kirk’s Soul Kitchen, after his step father. He dedicated the restaurant to his step father because of the influence he had on Berry’s life growing up.

“He kept me on my feet, kept me on my toes, and pretty much taught me how to drive harder,” Berry says.

He wasn’t there for his entire life, but his later years were full of his step father giving him advice and sharing his wisdom. It really has paid off in the long run. Berry has an up and coming restaurant on the rise and things can only get better from here on. If he keeps his eyes on the goal and continues to build his business from the ground up then there will be a bright future for Kirk’s Soul Kitchen. As long as the restaurant continues to cook their delicious dishes, then customers will be lining up for more.

If You Plan On Dining
What: Kirk’s Soul Food Kitchen
Where: 14107 E. Colfax Ave. Aurora, CO 80011
When: Mon. – Thurs. 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fri. – Sat. 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sun. 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Other Soul Food Restaurants in Colorado
• Cora Faye’s Café – 2861 Colorado Blvd Denver, 80207
• A&A Fish Restaurant – 2896 Fairfax St. Denver, 80207
• Joseph’s Southern Food – 2868 Fairfax St Denver, CO 80207
• M&D’s Café – 2000 E. 28th Ave. Denver, 80205

About Zilingo Nwuke

Zee Nwuke is a Denver-area journalist

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One Response to “Down South Cooking”

  1. Marie Ipock Says:

    Great description of the place! Makes me want to eat their right now! Comfort food always sounds good to an audience!


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