Ate at Flossie's this weekend. Definitely the best soul food I've had in the city, soundly beating M&M's in Pasadena. I had fried chicken, wife had "BBQ" chicken. Fried chicken is such a strange thing to me, such a basic food and yet one that so few can really do well (and even the most awful version is usually better than my own attempts). I actually quite like the fried chicken at Roscoe's (Pasadena location), and they do an OK version at Dinah's, but Flossie's hits the mark perfectly. Really amazing stuff. BBQ was OK, as good as I would expect it to be. I was disapointed that they didn't have mashed potatoes adn gravy, but in the end it was a good thing, as it forced me to try their excellent mac & cheese. Individual dish assesments, with comparisons to M&M's:
Fried Chicken: Flossie's is superior in every imaginable way.
Green Beans: Amazing. I believe M&M uses fresh beans, but I could be wrong. Flossie's were obviously, unquestionably, fresh. Far superior to me, but wife prefered the M&M version (longer-cooked and more pork flavoring, more "authentic" southern style).
Mac & Cheese: Also best I've had in town. Mac & Cheese is like Fried Chicken, in that it's a basic American food, but it seems to be very dificult to make an exceptional version. This was exceptional.
Black Eyed Peas: M&M wins this round, with their long-cooked, gooey beans.
Candied Yams: Not really a fan of this dish, but I prefered the Flossie's version to the overpowering M&M version.
Biscuit: Strange hybrid of biscuit and roll, actually. Didn't quite taste like a real biscuit. Pretty good, but I wish I'd tried the corn muffin to compare.
Sweet Potato Pie: Tiny, individual pies, like some kind of cocktail appetizer. Irresistebly cute. Good but not great. Possibly over-seasoned. Wish I'd gotten another desert (bread pudding, maybe) to compare, but I like SPP.
Sweet Tea: I generally don't get sweet tea, but I figured to get the full experience, it was a necessity. M&M's version is sweeter than Pepsi, so I preferred Flossie's (although the M&M could be argued to be more "authenically southern").