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Soul Food-Westchester and Fairfield Counties?

nbermas Jan 21, 2008 05:49 AM

Real fried chicken and all the trimmings including banana pudding and coconut cake? Where can you find this?

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  1. sonofoodie RE: nbermas Jan 21, 2008 08:44 AM

    I've never been to this place in South Norwalk, but I've heard good things.


    And, hey it brought Al Roker running.

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    1. re: sonofoodie
      nbermas RE: sonofoodie Jan 21, 2008 09:09 AM

      I have been many times and it is not what I am looking for. I want a new better place, thanks.

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      rolise RE: nbermas Jan 22, 2008 08:06 AM

      There is a place called Yvonne's in Pelham. http://www.yvonnesoutherncuisine.com/
      I have never been there but have heard good things. Here is a link to Wesfoodies blog about it. http://wesfoodie.blogspot.com/2006/09...

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      1. re: rolise
        jsolomon07 RE: rolise Jan 22, 2008 10:27 AM

        Yvonne's is wonderful! I've been there twice and the staff is very friendly and will never steer you wrong with food selections. Being a northern girl, I really felt like I was in the South.

        1. re: jsolomon07
          dolores RE: jsolomon07 Jan 22, 2008 10:49 AM

          Yvonne's is it, though, for Westchester.

          I'd like a real Southern style buffet with chicken fried steak (gizzards on alternate Tuesdays) and turnip greens and fried eggplant and grits and hush puppies and puh-can pie, hold the swit tea, for $11.95.

          Like this:


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            laylag RE: dolores Jan 22, 2008 12:15 PM

            Went to Sunday brunch at Yvonne's. It was pretty good, not great. Some things better than others and as is often the case with buffets, some items suffer when sitting out in steam trays.

            Now Dolores, I know you don't really expect to find an $11.95 buffet with all those items here. Westchester isn't Mississipi. I mean I'd like to buy a 4,000 square foot brand new house for $400K but since I live here and don't want to live in Mississippi it ain't gonna happen. Yvonne's was reasonably priced though if I recall correctly.

            1. re: dolores
              nbermas RE: dolores Jan 22, 2008 01:05 PM

              Dolores: MS is a little out of the reasonable drive range but that is exactly what I am looking for. I have been to Yvonnes and I it was not great. I love authentic soul food made with love. I guess when you are a great cook you except the best like my own cooking. The more I think about my cooking I should open a place of my own. Thanks though.

              1. re: nbermas
                dolores RE: nbermas Jan 22, 2008 01:42 PM

                You're welcome, nbermas. If you open a place, let me know and I'll be there.

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                  nbermas RE: dolores Jan 22, 2008 02:00 PM

                  I will and have a great night.

          2. re: rolise
            fpjr RE: rolise Feb 5, 2008 09:35 AM

            I've been to Yvonne's multiple times and I've been satisfied every time. Regular dinner, brunch, gathering after a funeral. Services is great, food is delicious and plentiful.

          3. adamclyde RE: nbermas Feb 1, 2008 09:45 AM

            by the way, I just went back to Q in port chester and noticed they have banana pudding. It's a BBQ place and no fried chicken. But if the rest of what I've had there is an indication, their banana pudding is probably really good: http://www.qrestaurantandbar.com/

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              nbermas RE: adamclyde Feb 2, 2008 12:08 PM

              AdamClyde: Cute restaurant but the ribs weren't good and same with the brisket and I also like to go to BBQ that have fried chicken too. I like church food with the real southern ladies cooking. I guess I have been spoiled by them and have been given the recipes but I am not as good as them but my cooking rates up there in comparison to these places. It would be great to have a real southern style restaurant in Stamford with the coconut cake and banana pudding. Thanks for the reply.

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                adamclyde RE: nbermas Feb 2, 2008 04:05 PM

                I've never had their ribs. But their brisket varies between good and amazing. pulled pork is pretty good. I know it's not what you are looking for all in one place - but if you need the banana pudding...

                As for the full southern style restaurant... closest place I know like that is in harlem... and thinking about it makes me hungry.

                But maybe something up in Bridgeport?

                1. re: adamclyde
                  nbermas RE: adamclyde Feb 4, 2008 08:04 AM

                  In Bridgeport there is Carmens very good soul food spot for Sunday brunch. It is buffet, all you can eat, very good but NO Banana Pudding or Coconut Cake. Have you had brisket in Stamford?

                  1. re: nbermas
                    adamclyde RE: nbermas Feb 4, 2008 11:27 AM

                    no, I've never had any brisket in stamford. I suppose smokey joes probably sells it but I haven't been back since a not great experience 4+ years ago. It's due for a return, but I just haven't gotten back. I don't think there's anywhere else in Stamford that does BBQ. At least no other that I know of.

                  2. re: adamclyde
                    laylag RE: adamclyde Feb 4, 2008 10:34 AM

                    I may post elsewhere but since there's a Q discussion going, I have to post this. I've been both a Q advocate and a detractor, especially their take-out - on these boards as the food has been, in my experience, inconsistent. I've seen the ribs take quite a few hits here from various posters too. However, we ordered a few racks of ribs for our Super Bowl gathering - ordered Saturday for a Sunday afternoon 4:30 pick-up - and they were phenomenal. We brought them home, reheated per instruction at about 7pm and they were perfect. The pink smoke ring was pronounced. The ribs were meaty, moist and perfectly seasoned. Everyone went crazy for them. These ranked among the best we've had.

                    1. re: laylag
                      nbermas RE: laylag Feb 4, 2008 12:29 PM

                      I am glad you think they are the best but I believe whenever there is a Q spot if they have brisket on the menu it should be excellent also. I am more partial to brisket then ribs but my husband loves ribs. I will try themn again one day.

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