Greetings Chow Hounds:
For those of you who've got the straight dope on the soul food tip, what are your opinions of Chef Marilyn's Place on Crenshaw Blvd.? I was in the Crenshaw District all day and night last Saturday, having my hair braided, and the hair dresser ran out to get our dinner from Chef Marilyn's. She was shocked that I was unfamiliar with the place, since I am an African American foodie who was born and bred in Los Angeles.
The food she brought back was GREAT: fresh corn sauteed with tomatoes and okra; well-seasoned, tender, juicy fried chicken; REAL macaroni and cheese, like I make at home, with lots of real cheese and eggs BAKED in (unlike the stove-top, government cheese garbage at M&M's); soft, sweet corn bread muffins. All of their items are a la carte, with sides costing .99 cents and meats $2-$3. I couldn't believe that I had never heard of this place. The next day, I asked my mother about it, and she said that she has used them to cater parties. They are patronized for catering and take out (there is no place to sit inside). My mom estimates that they serve about 1,000 people each day. She says there are often lines going down the block outside on Crenshaw.
Are any of you familiar with this place? I will definitely give them some business. Authentic soul food without having to prepare it myself? Oh happee day!