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where's the best soul food in so cal?

jessijessi Apr 26, 2007 07:04 PM

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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    kerrysqueaky May 3, 2007 01:08 PM

    I am Texan/Alabamian and have been here for 12 yrs. By far the best is a hole in the wall is in Santa Ana called Ruth's Kitchen(next to Ghetto Records in the ghetto). Ruth is from Alabama and she's not open Mon or Tues. She's got everything from collard greens and real fried chicken gravy. Mmmm....now that I have found her I crave it at least a couple of times a month.

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      highforpie May 1, 2007 06:48 PM

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

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        Ramps Fan May 1, 2007 04:33 PM

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

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        1. re: Ramps Fan
          HPLsauce May 1, 2007 06:44 PM

          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. Captain Jack Apr 27, 2007 11:57 AM

          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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            rotie77 May 1, 2007 11:06 AM

            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!

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              mrszondo May 1, 2007 03:21 PM

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

              Its the best!

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            glbtrtr Apr 26, 2007 10:55 PM

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

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              kare_raisu Apr 30, 2007 08:18 PM

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

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                glbtrtr May 1, 2007 09:46 AM

                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.

            2. velozo155 Apr 26, 2007 07:10 PM

              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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                supertaster Apr 26, 2007 09:46 PM

                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.

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