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Hunting for greasy soul food joints...

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gourmandette Apr 21, 2009 08:19 AM

Yes, I know most health-minded people would run past screaming these joints, but I just love satifying my craving at old school soul food spots. Problem is, I'm having trouble finding them these days... any help would be appreciated..

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  1. jen kalb Apr 21, 2009 08:34 AM

    Not noticeably greasy, but if you are talking about good african american cooking, (a declining genre here, it seems) you can still get it in Brooklyn at Ruthie's - two locations on Dekalb, also Mitchell's on Vanderbilt. There is another place with very good mac and cheese and fried chicken down in Crown Hts. North but I am blanking on its name.

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      Barry Strugatz Apr 21, 2009 09:04 AM

      Mitchell's is great. Also try very good Sugar Hill Supper Club on Dekalb and Nostrand.

      1. bigmackdaddy Apr 21, 2009 02:01 PM

        All I can say is "I thank the man upstairs everyday I'm not health-minded". Hands down, Saratoga Kitchen on Atlantic Ave. & Saratoga Ave. Go there for lunch and dinner. I'm talking heavenly smothered fried pork chops, nice fatty skinned fried chicken, and delicious mac & cheese. As much as I hate to say this, Mitchell's, on Vanderbilt, just doesn't cut it anymore. I haven't been to Sugar Hill or Ruthie's, but I will try them. You should also check out Fish & Wings up on Atlantic Ave. between Warwick & Ashford. So far they have the best mac & cheese in NYC. And don't let people tell you that Saratoga Kitchen and Fish and Wings areas. Everytime I've been to those places the patrons and work-crew have been nothing but pleasant and friendly.

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          stuartlafonda Apr 21, 2009 03:21 PM

          On your next trip to JFK make time for Rockaway Fish House on Rockaway Blvd just east of the Van Wyck. Take out only so it may be a problem, I eat in my car.
          On the south shore of Long Island on Front Street in Hempstead is Riddicks a classic "greasy soul food joint". The place is actually very clean and simple, the food is authentic and excellent. You could hit the place after a trip to the beach.

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            bigmackdaddy Apr 21, 2009 04:03 PM

            Is the Fish House the place with the steamed clams and so on? Right by the JFK landing path/runway? I think they closed down. I hope I'm wrong because it's a great place.

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              stuartlafonda Apr 21, 2009 05:03 PM

              I am not famliar with the place you mentioned, I'm sure they are two different places.

              http://www.rclenterprises.net/restaur...

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            gourmandette Apr 22, 2009 02:41 PM

            Thanks to all for the tips! Anyone heard about the Five Spot in the Clinton Hill area?

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