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Aug 16, 2001 03:00 AM

Soul Food

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Any good soul food places?

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  1. I like Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina Del Rey. I've also heard a lot of good things about Reign in Beverly Hills but haven't been there.

    Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch
    4325 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey

    180 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills

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    1. re: Muhlyssa

      I second Aunt Kizzy's. Although on a recent visit there was enough salt in the food to cure a couple of sides of beef. I haven't been to Reign either, although I have heard it is not on the inexpensive side, and that they have a sort of informal dress code, i.e. no jeans, no tennis shoes, no shorts. (No shorts, that would let me out right there). Side note to Muhlyssa, did you go to Melisse or Josie yet?

      1. re: Mike Kilgore

        On your side note: No not yet. We will be going for our anniversary to Melisse (if I don't change my mind again) on Sept. 24. Have a ways to go.

        1. re: Mike Kilgore

          Is Reign owned by Keyshawn Johnson the football player?

            1. re: Schudog

              Yes, although I am not sure if he is the sole,(or would that be soul?), owner?

              1. re: Mike Kilgore

                I think we are all soul owners, but that is a question for the board at Oops, the server seems to be down again...

              2. re: Schudog

                Reign has multiple investor/owners including Ash Narayan, the general manager. Most all restaurants have investor owners, with some like Reign wanting to highlight the well-known personality. The rest want to remain silent.
                Also hear good things about Big Mama's Kitchen at 22526 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills.

              3. re: Mike Kilgore

                Aunt Kizzy's is a fine establishment. There's a place on Sepulveda in Sherman Oaks called Angelina's that I tried once a few years ago, and as I recall it was pretty good. I'm finally accepting the fact that soul food is on a different price range here than in the south, where it's the cheapest deal going. I've still never tried Roscoe's.

                1. re: chris o

                  I used to go to Angelina's quite a bit a few years back (Sepulveda just south of Ventura Boulevard). It was very good - anyone know if it is still open?

            2. This is all through word of mouth...I have yet to try soul food and look forward to that opportunity!

              Mossville (1327 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802, (562) 495-3100)

              Harold & Belle's (2920 West Jefferson Boulevard, South Central, CA 90018, (323) 735-9023)

              Bayou St. John (320 Main Street, Seal Beach, CA 90740, (562) 431-2298)

              Any input on these places anyone?

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              1. re: Can

                Bayou St. John gets good recs from others on this board, but I've had three meals there, none of which has been noteworthy. They do make their own andouille sausage (and it's good), so that counts for something.

              2. If you go to AUnt Kizzy's, go on sunday for brunch....its a little crowded, but for like 15 bucks, its all you can eat and is bascially everything they serve on their menu. This allows you to try a couple of things, along with desert.

                Note: The food fills you up real fast and is rather "heavy". Its good food, especially if you are hungry though. I love their meatloaf with the red tomato sauce with some collard greens and mac/cheese. Good Eats!

                1. Aunt Kizzy's is great for brunch. Also try Flossie's in Gardena. Flossie's is on Redondo Beach Blvd. by Crenshaw Blvd.

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                  1. re: Norm

                    Flossie helped open Aunt Kizzy's, so you have a sense of how similar things are here. For my money Flossie's is better than Aunt Kizzy's - AK's sometimes lets things sit on the buffet table for too long, and seems to make things in much bigger batches than Flossie's.

                    The cross street is actually Redondo Beach Boulevard and Yukon, in the minimall across from Alondra Park. This is one stoplight West of Crenshaw.

                    1. re: Richard Foss

                      i've been to both and would definitely agree that the style is almost the same, but the food is much better (quality, taste, less greasy too) at Flossie's. the only bad thing about flossies is that it doesn't have as wide a selection of eats as Aunt Kizzies does. I've never tried the sweet potato pie or cobblers at Flossies, has anyone tried them and would they recommend them?

                  2. Recently went to M&M's soul food, South of the 10 on Crenshaw. It had really great catfish, and oxtail - but skip the ribs. Best red beans and rice I've had anywhere. The other customers were all chowin down on plates of smothered fried chicken or smothered meat loaf so seriously - it was a very quiet restaurant.