by Crystal A. Johnson-letter from the editor
There is the old expression, “If it looks like a duck, it is probably a duck.” That’s what “Southern Cuisine” looks like to me. Collard greens, cornbread, catfish and sweet potato pie are soul food in my book but I understand those foods have a common ground which extends beyond the borders of a soul food heritage. Gone are the days of say it loud, “I’m soul food and I’m proud.” People say the term Southern Cuisine is all inclusive. We do not want to alienate anyone. Mexican food restaurant in the title would not stop me from entering El Torito and neither would Chinese food in a title. Read my popular Los Angeles Examiner article on Southern Cuisine Vs. Soul food. It begs the question of whether soul food has a bad connotation to it.
With respect to the restaurants listed below, I shall reveal some of the best “Southern Cuisine spots.” If your restaurant isn’t listed, invite me to check it out. If you think you know a better place for Southern Cuisine, email MCCN at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look out for a people’s choice list of Southern Cuisine spots on the upcoming official website.
Ms Peaches-North Hollywood, California
Why did it make the list?
- The owner’s healthy preparation and consideration to serve healthier food to customers when it comes to Southern Cuisine.
- Desserts- All bets are off! You want fabulous desserts like grandma use to make. Look no further (Click on Article below)
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Connell Moss owner of Ms. Peaches
Mary Helen’s Southern Cuisine-Hampton, Virginia
Why? This is the south, like it or not, pig feet and chittlins(yes, I spelled like it is said rather than correctly) are on the menu. And the pig feet is good, really good. The collard greens… Oh yes, why go on about it when I written about it. Click below:
Red Springs Cafe- Baltimore, Maryland
Why? The food is darn good. When people make me try something that I don’t normally like and it is good then I am impressed. Great coconut cake. I don’t like coconut anything normally. Read more:
Sylvia’s- Harlem, New York
Although I have never written a review on this classic well known spot, the memory of the flavorful experience of smothered fried chicken lingers.