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Jan 27, 2011 09:28 AM

Down home Soul food....

is there anywhere in the Boston area (or surrounding) that does some serious soul deep fried chicken w/ gravy, corn bread mac & cheese shame in the calorie in take here! I always see places on foodnetwork (Paula Dean style) etc and think man i could get into some of that...but never know where to go...all set w/ KFC as an option...i cant even say i've ever had a bucket of anything from there to begin with!

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  1. I believe there's a place that does delivery only, called Down Home Delivery. Haven't tried it but I've heard great things.

    1. Have you been to Darryl Settles's place in the South End? Or M & M BBQ in Mattapan?

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      1. re: scotty27

        I'm not seeing much soul food at Darryl's corner bar menu. There is some catfish remoulade sandwich... but where are the yams? the mac and cheese? the collards? cornbread? the hoppin john? etc.

        1. re: Prav

          Agree...maybe soul/blues/jazz music but not so much for the menu...

      2. Mrs. Jones in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester is the real deal. I really like their ribs and sweet potato pie. Their cornbread is quite good and they also have mac & cheese,candied yams and even pigs feet/chitlins on alternating Tuesdays. They're basically take out though. Also oxtails on Thursdays and fried okra every day.

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        1. re: Pegmeister

          Second Mrs. Jones. Chef/Owner is from Mobile, AL and does legit Soul Food. Love the smothered Pork Chops as well and everything Pegmeister mentioned.

          1. re: Pegmeister

            3rd Mrs. Jones. As far as chicken goes ( unless there has been a recent change) I think she only does whole fried chicken wings. That being said, they are very good.

            This thread has me lamenting for Poppa B's, which I did not get to frequent as much as I would have liked since being introduced to the establishment.

            Poppa B's
            1100 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

            1. re: Food4Thought

              4th (?) Mrs. Jones, especially those smothered pork chops. (I agree about missing Poppa B's as well - that place was great.) A few times I've seen fried breasts and whole legs at Mrs. Jones but usually they only do the (very large and meaty) wings. The barbecued half-chicken is great as well, as are the sides - I especially love the yams, the cabbage, and the string beans. I have to disagree (with Peg) about the cornbread - I think it's pretty awful - it often has a weird chemical taste - like too much baking powder in the mix or something. but that's about the only thing I don't like there. I find it's best to get there by 6:30 (or better yet, call first) to make sure they're open and haven't run out of too many things.

              1. re: MichaelB

                I have always liked the cornbread,but it may be because I slather it with butter, griddle it til golden and top with strawberry jam.

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Ha! good idea - I'll definitely try that next time.

            2. You might also try Coast Cafe in Cambridge (near Central Square).

              In Inman Square you can also find good fried chicken and waffles at Trina's Starlite Lounge and Southern pies and fried chicken at Tupelo, which tends toward the Cajun but is generally very good.

              I went to a pretty good soul food restaurant with a good amount of seating in Roxbury but can't for the live of me remember the name. You ordered at an L-shaped counter with glass cases and it was in a brick building (I think) set on a less busy street. If anyone can help me reconstitute my memory, I'd appreciate it!

              1. Blackstrap bbq in Winthrop has a great fried chicken meal deal special only on Wed, 4 lbs of fried or bbq chicken with 2lbs of mashed, gravy and biscuits, for $20 before 6pm then $25.
                Soulfire also does a good version of fried chicken and great bbq for those who use the T.

                Soul Fire BBQ
                182 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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                1. re: lc02139

                  Blackstrap also has insanely good mac and cheese and collard greens. Oh, the collard greens.

                  1. re: CarolinaGirl06

                    ate at Blackstrap BBQ recently. good brisket (oh the char on that beast), mac n cheese, CREAMED CORN!, cornbread. the batter on the onion rings had a good kick - dash of cayenne maybe? good rub on my friends ribs, nice choice of sauces. all darned tasty. i hear they are former East Coast Grill underlings? cons were definitely the small space (only 3-4 tables?) and no booze. so many things left to try, we'll definitely be back. looking forward to summer weekend takeaway to the beach. lots of tables there. and its BYO. :]

                    Blackstrap BBQ
                    47 Woodside Ave, Winthrop, MA 02152