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Amy Ruth's: Anyone been there lately?

foodiemom10583 Feb 11, 2014 02:52 PM

What are the "don't miss" dishes these days?

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    sugartoof RE: foodiemom10583 Feb 12, 2014 09:53 AM

    I haven't been in a while, now that I think about it, but the menu was pretty standard and my answer isn't going to be anything you haven't read already.

    Chicken and waffles. Either the yams or the sweet tea, but not both. I'm never happy with the dry mac n' cheese, but I order it anyway. The honey fried chicken is good too, but I prefer the waffle combo.

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      foodiemom10583 RE: sugartoof Feb 12, 2014 10:01 AM

      Thanks so much, Sugartoof!

      Is the mac & cheese dry because it has chunks of cheese rather than a bechamel-based cheese sauce?

      I'm also wondering about the fried seafood and the salmon with peach butter.

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        sugartoof RE: foodiemom10583 Feb 12, 2014 03:12 PM

        I've been with people that ordered the fried seafood, and I seem to recall them liking it a lot, but I couldn't say if it's worth going to Harlem for. When you look around at other tables, it seems to be older (probably) tourists that maybe don't understand a chicken and waffle combo, who get adventurous with the menu. Then you see a lot of regulars that the staff seem to know, and they're ordering items I'd never consider, like the fried fish.

        Peach butter sounds like just what you want from a soul food place, but I will caution you that it's easy to over do it on sweeter foods there.

        The Mac is made without a noticeable bechamel type cheese sauce, that's exactly right. It's more of a crumble style that tastes kind of aged even though you know it's not. It's dryer than Delilah's in Philly was, if that means anything to you.

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          foodiemom10583 RE: sugartoof Feb 12, 2014 03:41 PM

          Thank you for the detailed reply!

          I actually prefer the drier mac. It reminds me more of a kugel than a gratin.

          Thank you for the head's up about the sweetness. There's nothing that ruins a meal for me faster than unexpected and unnecessary sugar.

    2. Ttrockwood RE: foodiemom10583 Feb 12, 2014 02:48 PM

      It's been a while since i was there, my friends ordered their signature chicken and waffles (huge portion) and were thrilled, the fried okra was really good. It's not a really seafood destination.....

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        foodiemom10583 RE: Ttrockwood Feb 12, 2014 03:34 PM

        Thanks, Ttrockwood. I know one of us will be doing chicken/waffles and fried okra, but some people were talking up the fish/seafood. I find it hard to resist anything fried and anything with peaches, so I had to ask CHers. I may just do a plate of sides and we'll just split everything. Thanks for the feedback!

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          debinqueens RE: foodiemom10583 Feb 12, 2014 06:11 PM

          i'm always happy when someone in our party gets a platter of sides there. I love them all, but the cabbage is a special favorite of mine.

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            foodiemom10583 RE: debinqueens Feb 12, 2014 06:19 PM

            Deb, I looooove cabbage in every form. Is it braised?

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              debinqueens RE: foodiemom10583 Feb 12, 2014 07:54 PM

              It's cooked very slowly, southern style. A bit like collards, but not quite as stewed down. Still bright tasting and not too funky.

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                foodiemom10583 RE: debinqueens Feb 13, 2014 07:01 AM

                Lovely! Thanks!

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          rose water RE: Ttrockwood Feb 13, 2014 07:29 PM

          interesting. last time i got the fried okra it was nearly inedible. thick batter that suffered from how long it had been sitting around.

          i do really like their collards.

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