Holidays

3 Phoenix Restaurants Celebrating 2019 with Lucky Black-Eyed Peas


If you need all the luck you can get in the coming year, pay attention. According to Southern folklore, anything from a small side to a bellyful of black-eyed peas will bring you good luck and prosperity in the coming calendar year. Skip the canned goods aisle at the grocery store this year, and head to one of these restaurants serving black-eyed peas for luck and prosperity in Phoenix.

Southern Rail
300 West Camelback Road

At Southern Rail, black-eyed peas are served with corn bread and collard greens to create "the holy trinity of prosperity" – a celebratory custom in the South. The peas represent coins, greens equal cash, and cornbread is the gold. Enjoy during regular business hours on Monday, December 31, as Southern Rail is closed for New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1.

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café
808 East Jefferson Street

This little eatery has been a downtown Phoenix staple since 1964, and it has served Southern and soul food seven days a week ever since. Under the side dishes part of the Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café menu you’ll find black-eyed peas all year round. Daily hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., even for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Off Da Hook Soul Food
1804 West Glendale Avenue
Off Da Hook Soul Food will have black-eyed peas on the menu for New Year’s Day to go along with dishes like all-you-can-eat fried chicken, fish ‘n’ fries, and hamburgers. Hours for Tuesday, January 1, are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.