Mother Josephine Wade's, "Josephine's Southern Cooking” situated in Chicago’s working-class neighborhood of Chatham, has been a pillar in the community for more than 30 years.
Josephine, with her southern charm and determination to create a better future for her people, established a home for political figures looking for words of wisdom, encouragement, and prayers. Josephine’s was also a safe-haven for at-risk youth and a place where those looking for a job could find employment, but above all, it was the place to come and have a fantastic, down-home, southern meal.
Josephine’s is a place where many local and national celebrities called home. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, made it a point to visit Josephine’s each time she was in town for a delicious bowl of her famous Gumbo. Other high-profile guests include former Mayer Rahm Emanuel and Mr. T.
Many people called her “Mother” because of her nurturing ways, and in the Spring of 2017, the city of Chicago honored her by naming 79th Street Mother Josephine Wade Way.
This restaurant is formerly known as Captain Hard Times and one of Chicago's oldest Soul food restaurants. Located on the Southside, the food is awesome! If you love real fried chicken, the way your Southern grandma prepares it, this spot is for you. They serve breakfast until 2pm and then the dinner menu kicks in. The restaurant side went through a make over so don't get turned off when you first enter the lobby part which is a flashback from the 1970's. Swing through the left door and into 201
Had a great experience today,facility remodeled retro bistro look new menue, food was excellent. Im going back to try everything on the menue.
Both the food and the service were superb!
The food was excellent and dining was fabulous! An excellent place for dinner parties!
Nice place to dine in.
Great service... great breakfast... will be going back
So far one of the best southside soul food places I've tried in thus far... The staff is kind, the food is fulfilling and the kool-aid is on point. I had the roasted 1/2 chicken covered with gravy, mash potatoes, mac & cheese, collard greens and cranberry sauce...boy oh boy I tell you...OUTSTANDING...prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get. Definitely will go back again and again. Oh let's nor forget the Sunday buffet all you can eat for 15 bucks it's totally worth it.