The suggestion to chow down on Southern food to commemorate Emancipation Day seemed good.
A day early but there’s enough leftover for tomorrow.
Smothered steak comes with a large square of house-made cornbread and … FIVE sides … for $11.50 … no kidding … and it was all good.
Two pieces of Swiss steak were fished out of a huge pot of steak and gravy. The steak was tender and the gravy flavorful.
The smoky house-made beans had generous pieces of spicy sausage. Sweet potatoes were nicely candied. The mac & cheese was excellent. Flat noodles, almost like chopped up lasagna noodles had the right amount of oozy cheese.
The greens were fresh and not overcooked. Surprisingly the rice and gravy was almost the best. The rice fluffy and the gravy full of flavor. Nothing was too salty either
The cornbread was crumbly and had a nice corn taste to it. .
There’s a special everyday, but Sunday has the big meal with all those sides. Oxtails and smothered chicken was also available.
The menu is pretty basic. They have spicy chicken wings too. They were sold out of the peach cobbler.
This was a good rendition of basic soul food at a great price.
There are two tables and a few counter seats, but it is really a take-out place.
Independant Wings N Things BBQ & Soul Food
Uh, maybe about a mile or two from El Cerrito Plaza. If you are at the stoplight at the plaza, driving straight ahead instead of turning onto San Pablo will put you directly on Carleson.