I'm a Jersey-born Chicago chowhound and, though I haven't felt the need to post on this board up til now, I went to a restaurant today that brings me out of the woodwork.
110 S 15th St.
Newark, NJ 07107
Went there today for lunch (just got back actually) and, walking in with exceedingly high expectations (There's damn good soul food on the south side of chicago) I walked out with nothing but praise, a full belly, and some left over black -eyed peas.
What I had: Turkey Wings, Yams, Collards, Iced Tea, Cocunut and (separately) sweet potato pies. Everything was amazing--the turkey slipped off the bone and was wonderfully flavored without hot sauce (though it was good with that too). Collards were perfect, iced tea was smoothly refreshing, and the yams had just the right combination of texture, firmness, color, and brown sugar. Nothing but good to report of the pies as well--the cocunut was only above average but the sweet potato was really stellar. My friends had macaroni and cheese (I'm not singing the praises of this one but, then again, I don't really like that dish anyway), fried chicken and pork chops (done on premises after you order so its usually best to call ahead if you're ordering fried stuff...however, even though we didn't, the wait wasn't unberable by any means), and black-eyed peas. Nobody tried the Ox Tail, but I'd like to get it on a return trip. Everything--as far as I could tell--was homemade.
Everything is also available for takeout (call ahead!!) but do yourself a favor and stay to savor the place.
The real selling point of this place has to be the location/ambiance. As the story goes, the couple who owns the restaurant moved up from the south and converted their garage into a restaurant. I don't know many details beyond that, but the place is definately unique. Its like eating at someone's dining room table--personal service and amazing turn around time. My personal favorite piece of decoration in the place are the numerous signs reading "Beware of Smith & Weston," "No Loitering, Orders By Smith & Weston," "If You have to Blow Your Nose, Please Go Outside" and the like. You really have to see the place for yourself.
Come to think of it...breakfast must be really good too.
Well, seeing as I have to get back to work, I had best cut this one short. Its been just a quick post, but hopefully everyone will find it interesting. Just wanted to alert the chowhounds to a real hidden gem...