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soul food update please

Thi N. | Aug 23, 2004 12:26 PM

I was thinking of heading down to Harold & Belle's or something like that very soon.

So far, my non-BBQ southern food needs are most fulfilled at Flossie's on Redondo Beach Blvd. - for intense and wonderful fried chicken, and perfect sides - mac & cheese, candied yams. And jambalaya and oyster Po Boys from Uncle Darrow's (which has lost a little of its glory, but is still about sixty bazillion times happier than the Gumbo Pot.) A visit to the M&M in Watts proved... less than satisfying. Tasteless greaseballs for fried chicken. Empty-flavored, unloved collared greens.

Aunt Kizzy's seemed to me technically sound, but sort of lifeless, too. Hard to describe. Try both Flossie's and Aunt Kizzy's chicken and see if you can put it into words better.

I enjoy the hell out of Stevie's on the Strip's fried chicken - I actually think their frying technique is a little sharper than Flossie's, and the pepperiness is neat - but they start with cheap chicken, and frying intensifies the mild rank taste. Flossie's starts with very, very good chicken. Still, I'll last time I showed up at Stevie's at 8:50 and they wouldn't let me order, I almost wept. Still, Woody's is close at open till 11.

So, looking beyond - I've heard talk of Harold & Belle's, other branches of M&M's, Jordan's, Chef Marilyn's... has anybody been to most of these? What's the fave? Nobody's mentioned H&B's for a year now. Still good?

-thi

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