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Jan 22, 2008 06:49 PM

REAL southern food in boston?

Hi y'all -

Now i'm a southern gal with a hunkering for REAL southern food. The best that I've found so far was Bob's Southern Bistro, but they closed down a while back. I really want some sweet tea (the real kind, not the kind where "there's sugar on the table"). Suggestions PLEASE!


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  1. Magnolia in Inman Sq, Cambridge
    Coast Cafe in Cambridge

    Maybe Poppa B's in Dorchester?

    Try a search on this board for these names.

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    1. re: Prav

      i know coast cafe's fried chicken gets lots of praise here, but (speaking as a southerner), i just didn't like it. i thought it was over crisped. plus their biscuits (or was it cornbread?) was very industrial tasting--my gf the baker took one bite and said it was from a mix.

    2. Second on Magnolia in Inman. I also used to love the fried chicken at the Fish Pier in Southie (in general a solid fried food shack) but the last time I drove by there I saw a sign saying "under new management" and I haven't tried it. In general, your best bet is to pick up and season a good cast iron skillet and start working your way through Edna Lewis' recipes.

      1. Chef Lee's, and United House of Prayer (both in Dorchester) have a certain appeal to me. But I'm certainly not a southerner.

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        1. re: Bostonbob3

          Also not a Southerner. but I've been to Poppa B's in Mattapan recently and thought it was outstanding. Lots of people going after church on a Sunday. Very much a soul food based menu and I appreciate that it is a locally owned business making good in a marginal neighborhood. The food IMO is much better than Bob's Southern Bistro (even in its heyday) and magnolias has always struck me as haute Southern wannabe without the depth of flavor that I experience in the South.

          1. re: Bostonbob3

            Hey Bob,

            Could you tell us more about United House of Prayer? I've never heard of this place!

            1. re: Prav

              Yeah, it's a church/temple hard by Franklin Park. They have a kitchen that serves cafeteria/buffet-style from 11:30-6:00, with all the soul food essentials. Nothing fancy, just tasty grub.

              1. re: Bostonbob3

                Chronicle or maybe PG did a piece of the United House of Prayer awhile back, and I thought the fried chicken looked pretty good. They said alot of people stopped on their way home from work to get a to go order. Did you try the chicken?

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Yes. And LOTS of sides. It's really good, down-home food. But don't expect some Bobby Flay twist; it is what it is.

          2. It doesn't have fried chicken but I love Blue Ribbon BBQ in Newton.

            1. Haven't been for a few years, but Keith's Place,
              469 Blue Hill Ave., does the sweet tea to a T....Only breakfast and lunch,but you can alwys do a fried walleye and grits for brunch...

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              1. re: galleygirl

                Keith's place is no longer there and hasn't been for a few years. they were replaced by Flames

                1. re: Johnresa

                  Aww, bummer! Well, I DO like Flames, but I stop at the first one (Morton ave, I think?)