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Down home Soul food....

northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 09:28 AM

is there anywhere in the Boston area (or surrounding) that does some serious soul food...like deep fried chicken w/ gravy, corn bread mac & cheese etc...no 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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    purple bot RE: northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 09:39 AM

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


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      scotty27 RE: northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 09:52 AM

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

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        Prav RE: scotty27 Jan 27, 2011 12:58 PM

        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.

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          northshoregrl RE: Prav Jan 27, 2011 01:12 PM

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

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        Pegmeister RE: northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 09:53 AM

        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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          Matt H RE: Pegmeister Jan 27, 2011 02:41 PM

          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.

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            Food4Thought RE: Pegmeister Jan 27, 2011 06:59 PM

            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

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              MichaelB RE: Food4Thought Jan 27, 2011 07:52 PM

              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.

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                Pegmeister RE: MichaelB Jan 28, 2011 05:19 AM

                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.

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                  MichaelB RE: Pegmeister Jan 28, 2011 05:51 AM

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

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              Wannabfoode RE: Pegmeister Jan 29, 2011 07:31 AM

              another vote for mrs jones

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              hckybg RE: northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 10:38 AM

              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!

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                lc02139 RE: northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 11:44 AM

                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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                  CarolinaGirl06 RE: lc02139 Jan 27, 2011 04:44 PM

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

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                    5thAndNowhere RE: CarolinaGirl06 Feb 25, 2011 05:52 AM

                    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

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                  devilham RE: northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 02:34 PM

                  I have had Down Home Delivery.....and it's really good. I prefer my own recipe for fried chicken, but they do make an amazing fried pork chop that's just superb

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                    meuri RE: devilham Jan 27, 2011 02:38 PM

                    FYI, they don't deliver to Brookline. :(

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                      devilham RE: meuri Jan 27, 2011 05:14 PM

                      Bummer meuri.....it's not the worlds greatest....but it's pretty solid for sure

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                    femmevox RE: northshoregrl Jan 27, 2011 03:02 PM

                    I seem to remember a small piece in the Globe a while back about a place that served good soul food, lunch only, in a church basement in Roxbury. Anyone been there or remember seeing the article?

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                      femmevox RE: femmevox Jan 27, 2011 03:26 PM

                      OK, it's the United House of Prayer--anyone ever actually eaten there?
                      www.boston.com/.../food/.../good_meal... station_a_church_east_boston_and_quincy/

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                        northshoregrl RE: femmevox Jan 28, 2011 05:39 AM

                        wow thanks everyone...looks like I might be taking a drive to this Mrs.Jones place next time I'm down that way...keep em' coming if u got them :) Its always interesting to see what everyone "brings to the table" on these threads !!

                    2. dmullin699 RE: northshoregrl Feb 25, 2011 03:53 PM

                      Another vote for Mrs. Jones. A half chicken with two sides for $10 and you are transplanted a 100 miles south.
                      Cornbread, corn on the cob, mac and cheese.......it's all wonderful.

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                        hckybg RE: dmullin699 Feb 25, 2011 08:16 PM

                        Transplanted to New London, CT!? :-D

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