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Soul food/country cookin' in Orlando

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We will be in Orlando this weekend for a concert. We love Southern style food. We need a very casual place, not fancy as we will be dressed for a rock concert - jeans and t-shirts. I've read a couple posts on Mamma Nem's but it looks kind of fancy from the pictures. Not sure if we would be properly attired.

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  1. The best soul food (IMHO) is to be found at Johnson's Diner (59 West Church Street). Its reasonably priced, casual, and right in downtown Orlando. I highly recommend the smothered pork chops, fried catfish, fried chicken, ox tails, and turkey wings. As for sides, you can't go wrong with the mustard/turnip greens, corn casserole, or black-eyed peas. Check out this link for the menu items & which day of the week they are available:

    www.allmenus.com/fl/orlando/58961-joh...

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    1. re: rgcblackie

      I'll second Johnson's ,, The only bad thing about Johnsons is they close early and i think they are closed on weekends. The best time to go to johnsons is between 11:00 and 11:30am. Any later and you will be in a long line. You can try after lunch but they run out of the good specials quick! There are a few other spots around for home cookin,,Juniors diner on corrine is also good.

      1. re: mountdorahound

        Actually, they are open on the weekends. Their hours are M-W (7-4), Th (7-7), F & Sa (7-8), & Su (12-4). After a little bit of searching, I found their "official" website. Here it is:

        www.johnsonsdiner.com