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Aunt Kizzy 2007

craigrich | Jan 15, 200808:02 AM

I see there have been a number of threads on Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina Del Rey. I had heard about this place (outside of this list) for years, and *finally* ate there last Friday (a bit late, as I've been living in Venice for a year now).

Well, it was quite disappointing. The first disappointment was to discover that although it was dinner time, the food was sitting in steam chaffing trays, and served less than 5 minutes after it was ordered. So, it tasted more like a Vegas buffet than a real restaurant.

I had the pork chops, with cornbread stuffing, okra and corn, and collard greens and the wife had the chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, and collard greens. Of the lot, the collard greens were the best dish. Everything else was really kind of bland. My pork chops were dry (despite all the gravy) and a bit tough (plus not very hot). The okra and corn was artificially sweet (tasted of canned tomatoes in heavy syrup). The dumplings were pretty good, and the corn muffins were all right. We had yellow cake for dessert, but it was basically a box cake, and dry as if it had been out for a day or two.

The hostess (Aunt Kizzy?) was very, very friendly and seemed genuinely happy to see every customer who came in. That was nice, and starkly contrasted the surly waitress we had.

Over all, I was disappointed, and cannot say I will return or recommend. You can get collards just as good, and much better okra (and BBQ for that matter) at Baby Blues BBQ in Venice. And although its been a while, I remember getting better soul food at Soul Folks on Traction in downtown LA.

- Craig

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