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Metropolitan AME Church--1st visit report

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Metropolitan AME Church--1st visit report

Denis | Mar 14, 2004 09:35 AM

Finally checked this out. For those unaware of this place, it's essentially a little soul food cafeteria in the back of a church on 58 W. 135th, right near the 2/3 stop. You go down the alley next to the church and go in a door at the end. It's $7 for an entree and two sides, and $2 for dessert. It has been much praised on this board in the past, but the most recent thread I came up with was from 2000 (and this thread was largely devoted to discussion of the racial politics of white people going to a place like this). The food was a mixed bag. The ribs were excellent: tender, tasty, with a tangy sauce. The smothered pork chops, which had been identified as the star item in the old posts here, wasn't that great. It was tender enough, and it had a breading that had been rendered pleasantly soft by being saturated with sauce, but the sauce wasn't that tasty. Collards were fine, mac and cheese was dry and not rich and creamy, but I felt it was creditable in some way. Corn bread was dry and ordinary. Black-eyed peas were of the soft, soupy variety, and were fresh-tasting--great. The yams were wonderfully soft and perfectly sweet. The bread pudding had been much-touted on the thread from before, and I did like it, but it was of the traditional firm-custardy kind in texture, which could seem unappealing if one has become accustomed to more modernized versions. The flavor was nicely balanced: sweet but not too sweet and with a counterpoint of spice. My girlfriend wimped out on the sweet potato pie (she also had the yams, and couldn't handle yams after yams), so she got the chocolate cake, which was Duncan Hines in her estimation, but still enjoyable.

In all, I'd go again to try some of the other stuff, and for the ribs. I'd try the pork chops again too if I had fresh information that they were exceptional, or just to give them another chance. Any other recent experiences there?

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