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Stevie's on the Strip

Just Larry | Apr 18, 200211:01 PM

I was in The Hood yesterday around lunch time and I was trying to decide whether to have lunch at Tasty-Q or Leo's. I had just had Tasty-Q last week TWICE but I was hesitant to eat at a place that seems to want you to order take-out. I decided to head South further into The Hood and see what I could find. About a week ago someone mentioned Stevie's on the Strip as being good for Soul Food. I pulled in and parked. When I arrived I was the only one there and found that there are only 2 small tables inside, picnic tables on the patio and lots of seating on stools at a counter that goes along all of the walls inside. There was a big sign the said Gumbo Today. I ordered a bowl of Gumbo and was about to order the Ox Tail special when the guy behind the counter warned me that the Gumbo was a meal in itself and the Ox Tail dinner was probably more than I could eat even if I had nothing else. In about 5-10 minutes the place really filled up and they called me to pick up my Gumbo. It was a heaping bowl (styrofoam) loaded with crab, shrimp, sausage, chicken and rice. My first taste of the broth was spicy, swampy and altogether wonderful. The crab was not overcooked, the shrimp were large and perfectly cooked. The sausage was real Andouille in all its glory and the chicken was soooo tender and wonderful. A pint bowl (really much larger than that) was $10.35 and would probably cost that much to make yourself. I have made Gumbo myself and they must stir this Roux for an hour at low temperature to get this depth of flavor. To be a real pig I wanted to try my first piece of Sweet Potato Pie. It tasted like Aunt Kizzie's Yams with a (somewhat soggy) pie crust. I must add that I finished every bite (lite dinner last night). Stevie's is at the corner of Crenshaw and Jefferson. As much as I like Tasty-Q, next time I am in the neighborhood I will come back here first.

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