Purely in the interest of scientific research, of course, on Saturday my husband and I visited the new El Super market at 51st Avenue and Indian School, recently called to our attention in a post by Brian. It turns out to be more like a Food City than like Phoenix Ranch Market; while there are prepared food items to take out, there is no eat-in area. It is well stocked with Latino products and produce, and according to the article in the Republic the prices may be a little lower than those at Ranch Market and Food City. But for those of us who are more interested in the experience and sampling the food, any of the Ranch Markets would still be the preferred destination.
Afterwards we lunched at Restaurant 28, a soul food cafe recently mentioned by VictorLouis. The food was cooked to order, so we had to wait for awhile, but my fried chicken, hot out of the fryer, had delicious crispy skin and was moist inside. My husband liked his juicy hot links. Our sides were collard greens, okra, mac & cheese and red beans & rice, all quite satisfactory. I had been skeptical about ordering red beans and rice because all too often they turn out to be tasteless, but in this case they were well-spiced and saucy. The menu is quite extensive, with daily specials and includes unusual items like frog's legs. George, the owner, was friendly and accommodating, and while we were there he was preparing several large take-out orders for regular customers. To our taste, this is the best soul food we've found in Phoenix, apart from Lo-Lo's, which is good but has a limited menu and is not close to us. Restaurant 28 is in a strip mall at 5025 W. Olive in Glendale.