sbX Business Profile: Daddy Joe’s Soul Food

As early as 9:30 a.m., the Rev. Robert Bolton can be seen in the kitchen of Daddy Joe’s Soul Food Take Out, preparing ribs, chicken, oxtails, greens, rice, baked beans and other southern cravings for the day’s lunch menu.

But that’s not all the Mentone resident does at his storefront restaurant at 1357 Kendall Drive in San Bernardino (a short walk from the future southbound sbX station under construction at Little Mountain Drive). He’s also a notary and an ordained minister who provides marriage counseling, often while he cooks.

“I’ve had a couple get married right here in the store,” Bolton said. “These days, you gotta do what you gotta do with the time and resources available.”

Bolton can’t wait until the Omnitrans bus rapid transit service is up and running. “If it helps my business, I’ll convert this place from a take-out to a sit-down restaurant,” he said.

Actually, the place is named after Bolton’s grandfather, Joseph Bolton, who took his grandchildren with him throughout Los Angeles as he built barbecue pits with bricks from the ground up. To test out the grills, Daddy Joe would teach them how to season meat, make the sauce and cook the food just right. The recipes to this day remain a family secret.

For $5.99 to $8, customers can get a half-portion lunch option, with a side dish and cornbread. They include rib combos, smothered pork steak with rice, hotlink sandwiches, Swai fish and shrimp. Daddy Joes also offers a diverse dinner menu, ranging in price from $7.99 to $13.99. It includes a full portion and two sides, such as potato salad, greens, string beans with potatoes, yams, and white rice with gravy. Bolton also serves up cakes, sweet potato pie and peach cobbler for dessert for $3-$3.50.

Daddy Joes is open 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Monday. Catering is available. For details, visit their website: or follow them on Facebook.

–David Rutherford


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