After acouple of hours wandering around 125th Street corridor, I wonder if anyone else has any experience with the following:
D.M.E.'s Southern Style Food, 124th & Lenox: The fried chicken here seemed pretty good -- though I don't think Charles has anything to worry about --, though I don't trust my taste in the area and grease there was. (Is it a no-no to in effect re-fry pieces that have already been fried, just to heat them up?.) Good banana pudding and pound cake.
I spent a few minutes talking to the owner's sweet elderly mother (a North Carolina native). The place has apparently only been open for a year, though it seemed to have a couple of decades worth of patina already and a chowhound-y kind of charm. Other standard offerings (pork chops, ham, salmon cakes, etc.) not sampled. Like Charles, no seating.
Louise Family Restaurant: around the corner at 121st or so and Lenox, looked like the real thing with things like short ribs on an old chalkboard menu though I didn't have the chance to partake. Anybody been?
I also tried the new Manna's at 125 and 8th. Big buffet at three-something a pound (which can make it cheap if you watch your weight), but that can't be good for the chicken, and the surroundings are pretty sterile.