Owned by mother-daughter duo Barbara Collins & Lillian Rambus, Simply Soulful serves up authentic Southern cooking in a relaxed and welcoming cafe atmosphere. What began as a small operation selling their famous Sweet Potato Pie quickly transformed into a community hub for delicious food and friendly service.

Pro tip: When it comes to the food, you can’t go wrong – be sure that whatever you order includes one of Simply Soulful’s famous cornbread muffins.

When Lillian Rambus opened Simply Soulful, she was proud to bring a black-owned business back to the historically African American neighborhood. She had spent the first chapter of her career working as a child support enforcement officer, but often lamented to her mother Barbara that soul food in Seattle was hard to come by.
Inspired to bring to life the traditional southern home cooking they craved, Lillian and Barbara opened Simply Soulful in 2014. The cafe features family recipes, including Lillian's grandmother Elizabeth Hammond's famous sweet potato pie. In addition to the passion they bring to their food, Lillian takes particular joy in developing the young people who work in the restaurant, and is proud to be a positive role model in the community.
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Barbara Collins & Lillian Rambus
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Simply Soulful: Bringing a family soul food tradition to a new Central District location

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