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It’s all in the family.

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It’s all in the family.

ovett’s is as much about great, home-made soul food as it is about family. Merry Lovett (owner) and her 18 siblings grew up on a hog farm near Alton, IL., where they cooked up huge family meals every night.

“Coming from a large family of 19 cooking in large quantities is not a problem. Sitting around the table in shifts eating food that was made with soul, is very normal for us. If you miss your Grandmother’s cooking you can bet that when you come to Lovett’s, you’ll be reminded of the smells of collard greens, chicken frying, fish, BBQ rib tips, baked macaroni and cheese, and of course our signature dish “Snoots,” said Francine Jones (sister).

Every day is like Thanksgiving at Lovett’s! Food is the way to the heart.

-Merry Lovett

Brad Chavours & Merry Lovett
2512 College Ave
Alton, IL 62002

Lovett’s Soul Food restaurant was actually born out of a fundraiser to help cover the cost of their huge family reunions. As they began selling their home-cooked meals (from their own homes) to raise money, the family soon realized that there was a huge demand for home-cooked soul food in Alton. They started small with just a walk-up window in 2014, but they quickly realized that wasn’t going to cut it. They needed more space. The demand for fresh, southern soul food required a bigger kitchen and prep area so they moved into a dine-in restaurant a year later. And they’ve been cooking up a soul food storm ever since.

The Lovett’s menu reflects the specialties of the family members’ favorite dishes. In fact, it’s their family recipe for snoots that’s helped put them on the map. People come from all over just to try this southern delicacy. Along with Merry’s collard greens and homemade sweet potato pie and Aunt Francine’s mac and cheese, the snoots are Lovett’s number one seller and a must try!

When you walk into Lovett’s you’ll be greeted by either Merry, her son Brad or one of several aunts and cousins – ready to cook up one of their favorite family recipes. From baked macaroni and cheese to fried kool-aid, there’s something on the menu for everyone. “We want you to feel like you’re part of our family so sit down, relax and let us take you on a soul food journey,” said Merry.

Lovett’s has just one purpose: to feed your Soul Food appetite. We don’t just serve good food, we serve southern Home style cooking with real Soul!

–Francine Jones (sister)

Lovett's Soul Food