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Soul Food/Down Home Cookin'

JeMange | Mar 13, 200805:45 PM

So, there's been a lot of desperate talk lately about not being able to find good fried chicken in particular, and fine soul food in general, in Los Angeles. I was looking at the boards today, and folks were battling back and forth about Dinah's versus Larkin's versus Roscoe's and so on.

Frankly, the two out of three that I've tried have been good, but nothing to get moist over.

I don't think Roscoe's is any good unless it's smothered in their industrial-strength onion gravy. Dinah's is pretty tasty - it's the classic, southern fried kind, dredged in seasoned flour, as opposed to being battered - but the sides are frickin' narsty, from the starchy corn on the cob to the velveeta (or its non-union Mexican equivalent) smothered mac & cheese.

One poster made a really good point; people with the above complaints are either ignorant of what's available in South LA and Watts or simply afraid to go there.

To that end, I'm looking for recommendations for a place that specializes in the usual suspects: the aforementioned chicken, short ribs, black eyed peas, greens, you get the picture. We're a group of 6-8 that goes out semi-regularly on weekends to explore ethnic food and out-of-the-way finds. We certainly don't mind a bit of a trip or a meal at a place that is a few levels short of elegant, as long as the food is good.

With so many competing opinions, it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff or the Velveeta from the artisanal cheddar.

M&M has been mentioned, but there's many differing opinions as to which M&M is best.

I guess I should mention that I live in Silver Lake. The folks joining me will be coming from my neck of the woods and Santa Monica. Like I said, we don't mind a drive but I'm not looking to leave the county.

Any other suggestions?

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