First Trip to Mrs. Jones, Lower Mills
I went to Mrs. Jones in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester last night on my way to an after-work hike in the Blue Hills (nothing like pigging out on soul food before climbing steep hills!).
The place is tiny, with maybe 3 or 4 window seats and small counters to eat on. I wanted to try the brisket sandwich, but they were out of it, so I opted for three sides--macaroni and cheese, red beans and rice, and corn bread.
The mac and cheese was tasty and gooey, with lots of cheddar cheese. The macaroni was a tad overcooked, but otherwise it was a nice dish. The red beans and rice (not on the menu, BTW, but they mixed the two together for me) was better, with a slightly spicy sauce that gave it a nice little kick. And the corn bread was fabulous--rich, dense, fresh, and HUGE. Needless to say, it was a struggle climbing Hancock Hill after that.
The folks who own Mrs. Jones are great. The woman who was taking orders behind the counter, was as nice as could be, and was welcoming to both regulars and first-times.
I know I'll be heading back there soon, as I want to try that brisket, as well as the deep fried turkey sandwich, the black-eyed peas, and the sweet potato pie.
I finally got there last week - great people, good food. DC and I both got fried chicken, one with sweet potatoes and collards, one with mashed potatoes and green beans. I really liked the green beans - long-cooked with shreds of meat (I don't know if they use pork or turkey) and a bit of spice. We were there at the end of the night (about 7:30 - they close at 8) and they told us there'd be a short wait as they had to fry up some more chicken. They very nicely brought us each a few pork ribs to eat while we waited. Very tender; Pit Stop has nothing to worry about as these were oven-cooked ribs, not barbecue, but I was happy to eat them as a freebie.
The only sad part was that when we eventually got our chicken it was all wings; I assume there was either a mix-up or that's just all they had ready to go at the end of the night. Very good fry job and a nice peppery batter; next time I'll be sure to ask specifically what pieces they have, as I'm really looking for drumsticks when I get fried chicken. I *wish* they did pan-fried chicken, but I guess that's not practical since it takes longer to cook. I liked the cornbread, but southerners note: it's sweet.