Since the 1940s, this famed diner has served delicious soul food and Southern specialties to a host of the famous and infamous whose autographed photographs line the walls.
Located on the threshold of Striver's Row in a historical section of the culturally revived Harlem, this restaurant offers friendly service and delicious Southern comfort food made from scratch, such as honey-barbecued ribs, blackened catfish, chicken and waffles and collard greens. Save room for the sweet potato pie. There is live jazz on weekends.AAA / Sherry Mims
Mert's Heart & Soul
Charlotte, North CarolinaEditor Note:
You’ll find plenty of home-style favorites and Southern hospitality at this long-time locals' favorite in uptown Charlotte. Entreés like catfish, blackened pork chops, fried chicken, and salmon cakes come with your choice of two sides. Other specialties include shrimp and grits and red beans and rice. You have to try the soul rolls, egg rolls stuffed with black-eyed peas, rice, collard greens and chicken. Lighter appetites can create their own veggie plate from the list of tasty side dishes. Expect a crowd at lunch. Parking is available in the nearby Holiday Inn deck.Read MoreWikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA
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Charlottesville, VirginiaInspector Note:
A respected and cozy little restaurant that has served the area for years. It's known for great chicken and the patrons favorite, grilled donuts. Seating is limited but you are always made to feel welcome.iStockphoto.com / Shafeeq Muhammad
Sandra's Next Generation
New Haven, ConnecticutInspector Note:
This little hole-in-the-wall serves the best fried chicken in the city. Pair it with some yams, collard greens and mac and cheese and you'll be hooked. They also serve delicious pork ribs and blackened tilapia with your choice of sides. Meals are complimented with yummy corn bread baked fresh each day. Diners order at the counter where they can see and choose their premade sides, then wait a few minutes while their chicken is lovingly fried.
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