Soul Food’s “The Greasy Spoon” Makes Nationwide Debut on Food Network

Since opening almost two years ago, The Greasy Spoon has dominated Houston’s soul food scene. But now the restaurant is performing on the national stage after Food Network cameras enter its kitchen.

The production of the network’s popular “Food Paradise” followed owner and Houston native Max Bozeman II behind the counter at his flagship restaurant in Northside Cypress Station as he prepared some of his customer favorites. This included the Soulfood Stuffed Turkey Leg, which features dirty rice, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese, all topped with Cajun sauce, and “The Boss” seafood stack, which features dirty rice. , green cabbage, Cajun fried catfish fillet, Cajun-fried lobster tail and sautéed shrimp topped with a seafood crab sauce.

Houston’s staple soul food restaurant, The Greasy Spoon, was featured in the Season 16 premiere of Food Network’s “Food Paradise”. Owner Max Bozeman has been shown creating two of his favorites, the Soulfood Stuffed Turkey Leg and “The Boss” Seafood Stack.

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Houston's staple soul food restaurant The Greasy Spoon was featured in Food Network's Season 16 premiere.

Houston’s staple soul food restaurant, The Greasy Spoon, was featured in the Season 16 premiere of Food Network’s “Food Paradise”. Owner Max Bozeman has been shown creating two of his favorites, the Soulfood Stuffed Turkey Leg and “The Boss” Seafood Stack.

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The episode aired on December 29 during the opening of Season 16 of the network’s “Food Paradise” show. It is now available on Hulu + Live TV and Fubo TV. Food Paradise takes foodies on an adventure, bringing together all the must-see spots across the country to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience that features some of the country’s most mouth-watering and decadent meals.

The opportunity aligns with Bozeman’s mission to “elevate the culture” of soul food through the exhibit and by creating a five-star experience that accompanies traditional southern comfort food.

“I am excited to give real Southern comfort food a platform to be seen and enjoyed beyond the city limits of Houston,” he said.

“I wanted to create an establishment of higher southern comfort because I know that so many people love to eat soul food. It transcends all cultural boundaries.”

It was an opportunity Bozeman, 37, thought he was missing after being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.

The diagnosis came just after his restaurant opened in February 2020, just weeks before the world was shut down due to the rampant spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

“My world has been turned upside down from that angle,” Bozeman said. “I had to fight through it all and move forward to fight for my life and my business at the same time.”

While many restaurants have been forced to close due to epidemics, Bozeman has had to close because he had to undergo surgery and allow himself time to recover.

But rumors circulated that The Greasy Spoon had COVID, he said, so he went public with his cancer diagnosis.

“I am a very private person, but I had to be vulnerable,” he said.

But to his surprise, it turned out in his favor. Word quickly spread and his business reaped the rewards, avoiding shutting down for weeks.

“My business exploded exponentially as immediately after this happened,” Bozeman said.

On the day of his procedure, doctors changed their plans, he said, and decided not to start with the surgery.

Instead, he underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy for months while working until he realized he would have to rely on his team to operate without him.

“These were days when I couldn’t move, or I was too weak or too tired,” Bozeman said.

He was then away for two months to recover from surgery, and then again underwent chemotherapy for another six months.

Her cancer journey caught the nation’s attention, and soon after, Food Network came calling, wanting to capture her story and showcase her restaurant. They set a date but unfortunately Bozeman had to cancel to have his chemotherapy treatment on the same day.

Disappointed, he felt bad, but knew he had to put his health first. But luckily, the TV channel was still interested and returned to Houston to shoot the scene.

“They doubled down and made a special trip to Houston to continue the episode,” Bozeman said. “I thought I missed something and the fact that they made a special trip was special.”

They filmed the episode in June 2020, coincidentally the day after his last chemotherapy treatment.

“Everything worked out for good,” he said.

Now cancer-free, Bozeman looks forward to expanding The Greasy Spoon, starting with the grand opening of a new location at Pearland, which is slated to open on January 15 to mark its 38th anniversary.

The Greasy Spoon also has a food truck that participates regularly at Houston Grub Park, which is the city’s largest food truck park with over 15 different black-owned foodtrucks Thursday through Sunday.

Bozeman recently partnered with the park ahead of the holidays to host its first annual “Christmas at the Park” where vendors provided free meals and desserts to isolated Houstonians during Christmas.

“He wanted to create an event for Thanksgiving where those who are spending the holidays alone have a place to go and have a hot meal,” Houston Grub Park and Black Service Chamber director Christopher Bush said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the weather did not allow the event to continue. Welcoming him over Christmas was the best thing to do.”

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