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Feb 8, 2010 08:06 AM

ISO Authentic Soul Food in or around Boston

Now that Bob the Chef's has been gone for a while, are there any other authentic or close to authentic Soul Food restaurants/takeout joints in or around Boston that anyone can recommend?
Please don't say Firefly's.

Thank you!

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  1. Mrs. Jones (Dorchester - Lower Mills) and M&M Ribs in Roxbury (truck is near Melnea Cass) - both have excellent soul food - Mrs. Jones has the better sides, M&M the better meats...

      1. Thank you so much! Mrs. Jones it is! I'll have to report back :-) Has anyone tried the fried chicken and waffles place I keep hearing about in Dorchester?

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        1. re: BellatrixStar

          If you mean The Hen House, its near Newmarket Sq on Mass Ave, not Dot.

          I drive by a lot by havent been in yet. I do plan to go, though.

          1. re: BellatrixStar

            I went to the Hen House recently and liked it. Some of my dining companions got cold waffles, but mine was warm and tasty and the wings were delicious.

            1. re: BellatrixStar

              Don't bother. Wanted very much to like it, did not enjoy it in the least.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                That stinks to hear! Guess I'll just wait to go to Waffle House when I visit my family!

              2. re: BellatrixStar

                Yeah, not much to write home about. As noted by others, the sauces appear to be brought to you by Sysco, and neither the waffle nor the chicken blew me away (though they did put me in a serious coma for the rest of the day). I remember getting the chicken on the bone, and it was pretty greasy and not crispy at all. Others had the boneless tenders, and they did look a lot better. I make those Marian Cunningham recipe yeast-based waffles at home, and nothing you can get anywhere even comes close to being as good.

                1. re: nsenada

                  I use the Cook's Illustrated recipe for yeasted waffles, inspired by the truly excellent ones served at Centre Street Cafe in JP.

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    Dang - now I have to go try the Centre Street ones. I've seen that CI recipe, it's very similar to the Marion (got the spelling wrong earlier) Cunningham one, with a couple added steps, if I remember right. My only modifications are reducing the butter to 1/4 cup, browning it, and subbing barley malt syrup for sugar.

                    1. re: nsenada

                      Oh, malt would be excellent in those waffles! We'll have to try that.

              3. A Taste of Soul is pretty new, on Ferry street near the Malden/Everett line. Haven't made it in there yet but they're getting good reviews on Yelp.

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                1. re: gimlis1mum

                  Nice and I'm moving to Malden in March! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the tip!

                  1. re: BellatrixStar

                    The menu it was a mix of BBQ and Soul food, but didn't get a chance to try it because at the time it was cash only. There is a convenience store on Main in Everett which also seemed like it _might_ be serving some soul food items (based on the chalkboard saying fried chicken, ribs) but it wasn't certain. The name slips me (I posted it somewhere, but its not with the posting on A Taste of Soul), but its right near Continental Bakery and the place which offers post-fire cleaning services/soot removal/etc.

                    If you are particularly interested in Soul Food, its commonly served with Church dinners at primarily African American churches (and can be quite good). A few Churches do monthly lunches open to visitors, occasionally there are fundraisers (such as a fish fry or summer BBQ). If you are moving to Malden, Zion Baptist Church on Broadway in Everett sometimes does events like those (either there or in conjunction with its afilliate in Framingham). Concord Baptist in the South End used to do the lunches at least once a month and because of its location drew many sorts of people sort of like Bob The Chef's (for example I sat once with a Berklee student from Japan). This is also a good way to try home cooked latino foods too -- if you take the time to try their church, they will often share other parts of their culture (Hispanic and Brazilian churches tend to do canteens as a fundraisers -- tamales, pasteles, kebobs for sale).

                    Did anyone ever try that catering service Boston's Food for the Soul? They let their website expire, so presumably they are not doing it catering/delivery (at least not officially) anymore. I had been thinking about placing an order from them just to see and noticed the site was gone.

                    1. re: itaunas

                      WOW talk about thinking outside the box! I would've never thought of that and I truly thank you for sharing...excellent idea :-)

                2. I'm a big fan of the Coast Cafe in Cambridge. Very good fried chicken and they offer the full range of sides, I could eat their collards all day long. They are purely a take out place though, the only seating is a couple of stools.