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good southern food for the whole family?

GenevieveCa Feb 6, 2009 04:01 PM

I am looking for a good southern place that the whole family can enjoy and feel comfortable.
Fried chicken of course is always on the plus side, good greens and i wouldn't mind some biscuits and country(white) gravy.
Just some good down home comfort food.

I don't want a BBQ place or a New Orleans gimmicky type place.
Harolds and Belles has been done and tasty but it's so expensive, and a little too fancy.

Have car, will travel for it, just has to be worth the time. Looking to do this during the rainy weekend.

Thanks in advance!

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    justagthing Feb 6, 2009 05:05 PM

    In a bowling alley here in Long Beach, we have M & M Soul Food. Great food and then you can go bowl off the pounds you just chowed down.

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      condiment Feb 6, 2009 05:51 PM

      I believe Johnny Reb's, either in Long Beach or Bellflower, is exactly what you're looking for.

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        schrutefarms Feb 6, 2009 07:14 PM

        Awww!!!! I haven't been to Johnny Rebs since I was a kid!! If you go, throw a quarter in the jukebox and play "There's a Tear in my Beer" for me!! (It's what I would always play as a kid. No wonder I grew up to tend bar :)

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          Dogbite Williams Feb 6, 2009 07:30 PM

          I've only been to the Johnny Rebs' in Victorville, but I've enjoyed every visit. I love the pulled pork, collard greens and black-eyed peas. I've never had the fried chicken, so I can't comment. Here's a link to the Long Beach location:

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          Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse
          4663 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805

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            A5 KOBE Feb 7, 2009 01:28 PM

            Last time I went to Johnny Reb's the food was horrible as was the service.

            Last time I go there again, and the food usually is not that great. This was the location in Tustin btw...

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              sbritchky Feb 7, 2009 02:27 PM

              In Tustin? Do you mean the one in Orange on Chapman?

              A few years ago, I liked Johnny Rebs' for the greens, hushpuppies, and some of the meat dishes (but not the pork ribs, which I found mushy). Lately, however, I've felt that everything other than the greens and hushpuppies have dropped in quality. The decline seemed to start around the time of the fire at their Long Beach location, although I don't know why that would have anything to do with it.

              Incidentally, I've always felt that the service at the Bellflower branch was better than in Orange.

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                A5 KOBE Feb 7, 2009 09:59 PM

                Yeah that one. At first we were going to go to Woody's in Rancho Cucamonga but it closed down so we headed towards Johnny Reb's. Not a great idea.

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                  sbritchky Feb 8, 2009 01:03 PM

                  Your backup was 40 miles away?? That sounds like me, although I probably would have had dessert at Glacier ice cream in Manhattan Beach. If you were looking for a small chain with better Q and great (recorded) music, you should have stayed in RC and gone to Lucille's. Even the lady at Bludso's, possibly our top barbecue joint, recently agreed with me that it's a good place.

                  Thanks for the information on Woody's in RC. I never liked the place much, but I feel sorry for the staff.

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        nosh Feb 6, 2009 07:59 PM

        OK, I haven't eaten in these places, so I can't vouch for them. But I recall seeing, as I used to drive to the former location of Porky's in Inglewood, at least four "soul food" or southern places on Manchester or just above or below on La Brea that looked inexpensive and family-oriented. I'm sure there are some fellow 'hounds with more info and experience of them.

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          monku Feb 6, 2009 08:04 PM

          I've never been, but I saw a place called Gumbo Shack across the street from Hollywood Park and just around the corner from Porky's.

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          Gumbo Shack
          945 S Prairie Avenue Suite 100, Inglewood, CA 90301

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            kevin Feb 7, 2009 11:25 AM

            it's ok nothing amazing. you could probably do a lot worse.

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          CCDiner Feb 6, 2009 08:49 PM

          You could try Aunt Kizzy's kitchen in MDR. I order the oxtails.

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            chuck Feb 7, 2009 10:12 AM

            It gets mixed reviews here but I like Les Sisters in Chatsworth. I like the fried chicken and they have a lot of other things as well.It is certainly not expensive or fancy.

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              kevin Feb 7, 2009 11:24 AM

              auntie kizzies' now in it's new location on washington, still in marina del rey, former Killer Shrimp location.

              also, flossie's in torrance.

              1. avivale Feb 7, 2009 02:44 PM

                Larkins in Eagle Rock? The restaurant is in a beautiful converted Craftsman house, and they serve your drinks in what look like repurposed glass jars. Grits offered at brunch, fried chicken and smothered pork chops at dinner. The sweet potato pie is quite something, too.

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                Larkin's
                1496 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                1. GenevieveCa Feb 10, 2009 11:02 AM

                  thank you so much for all the suggestions.
                  Since we went to see Coraline at the Bridge, we opted for M&M on W Centinela.
                  It was delicious!! Sure some woman scratched our car in the tiny parking lot, and the service was...well...sullen?!
                  But man oh man...those greens and that cornbread stuffing were heaven. They were out of a LOT of things we wanted, so we settled for the fried chicken which was crunchy and salty and full of flavor and the BBQ chicken, that sauce is amazing!!

                  The sides are really what make that place though, it was like being in someone's home and they loved you with every forkful you took in.

                  Next time im going early and on a weekday, i want those shortribs and some mashed potatoes.

                  PS the banana pudding was sublime.

                  1. orythedog Feb 10, 2009 12:25 PM

                    Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles

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