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Apr 26, 2007 07:04 PM

where's the best soul food in so cal?

i'm from tennessee and i miss eating my southern food. and I recently moved to the LA area from san diego. and i'll be back to san diego to visit often. i just wanted to know between LA and San Diego (that means OC too!), where are the best most authentic ribs, cornbread, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, catfish belly, and hell i'll even take chitlins with enough hot sauce.

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  1. Try these two:

    Chef Marilyn's Place
    2638 Crenshaw Blvd (Cross Street: South Crenshaw Boulevard and West Adams Boulevard)
    Los Angeles, CA 90016

    Flossie's Healthy Home Cooking
    3566 Redondo Beach Blvd (Cross Street: Yukon Avenue)
    Torrance, CA 90504-1404
    (310) 352-4037

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    1. re: velozo155

      I'll second Flossie's. THE best peach cobbler I have ever eaten in my life.
      M & M's on Avalon (Carson) used to be great, but I heard it was now called R & R's? There is an M & M's in Lakewood, too.
      There's Memphis Soul Cafe on Bristol in Costa Mesa.

    2. Riverside - a BBQ place on the pedestrian mall next to the Mission Inn

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      1. re: glbtrtr

        glbtrtr --could you provide a little more info on this place?

        1. re: kare_raisu

          Can't remember the name but it is/was right there on the little pedestrian ally along the side of the Mission Inn that leads up to the Convention Center - they had outdoor and indoor tables.

          I think there is also a "Juneteeth" celebration in Riverside as well - that should be a good time to explore soul food anywhere this is celebrated. SF has a large Juneteeth street party too.

          1. re: kare_raisu

            The only like that, that I know of, is Gramm's.

            1. re: redcat11

              Gram's Mission BBQ
              3527 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

        2. I like Huffman's Barbecue
          Great smotherd fried chicken, rib tips, collard greens, cornbread, fried catfish. They are open real late too.
          5039 Imperial Ave.
          San Diego
          619 264-3115

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          1. re: Captain Jack

            2nd Huffman's, used to be my favorite place to get some comfort food in SD. Favorite now is Betty Jean's Soul Food on 54th just off Euclid. The best fried catfish I've had in SD, great fried chicken, and the oxtail is just killer!

            1. re: rotie77

              Try Burrell's Bar-B-Que
              305 N. Hesperian (3rd St. 1blk W. of Bristol)
              Santa Ana 714 547-7441

              Its the best!

          2. Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch
            4325 Glencoe Ave. (Mindano Way)
            Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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            1. re: Ramps Fan

              Sorry, not a fan of Kizzy's. Expensive (for soul food) and mediocre. There isn't much else in the area, though, which is probably why they're still in business. Nonetheless, Uncle Darrow's on Lincoln just N of Washington is a better choice (though more New Orleans - specific and despite their use of turkey sausage).

            2. My friend is from the south and he loves Johnny Rebs' which is closer to LA but still between the two places.