Someone recently posted about Floridita on 125 and B'way--we had an enjoyable breakfast there yesterday. Simple stuff; eggs and mangu (mashed plantains? with marinated onions on top) and the Floridita special with grilled marinated chicken, fried potatoes, onions, peppers and American (!) cheese. Both dishes were greater than the sum of their parts. This is not amazing food, but very good, reasonably-priced food, and the scene is interesting. Breakfast for 2 was $10.
Whenever near 145th and B'way we try something new from Copeland's steam table. Today it was oxtail vegetable soup with cornbread. The soup was good, especially for $2.25 for a large size, the cornbread was sweet and almost biscuit-y. Their mac and cheese is a bit oily but moist and cheese-y--a side can serve as lunch. Food turnover is high here; the food's looked great every Thursday at lunchtime--thinking about the smothered chicken and candied yams now.
Copeland's has been around forever, which is probably why there's so little mention on the board. It's great for take-out, and families or thrifty people who want a nice, cafeteria atmosphere (there's a "real" restaurant next door which we haven't tried). The service is really pleasant too. Great for after a Riverbank State Park swim, although it kinda defeats the purpose.
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