I have a slight fried chicken addiction. When I was growing up, a salty crispy bucket of chicken was a special occasion treat and it still is - considering all the calories. Because if you're going to do fried chicken, you need to do it right...with ALL the fixin's. Dirty bird is the word and the hunt has led me to the charming kitchen of Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too in Harlem for some southern soul food (Bill Clinton is also a fan).
The fried chicken is curly and crispy while the chicken on the inside is most and tender. The Southern Fried Chicken ($13.95) is served up with homemade cornbread and two sides. I couldn't resist the Macaroni & Cheese and Collard Greens. I also stole some of my dining mate's Cornbread Stuffing - do not miss this. It's like a buttery creamy pudding of stuffing. The Grilled BBQ Shrimp was the special of the day, but order Miss Mamie's Sampler ($17.95) and you can try the shrimp, ribs, chicken and vegetables in a 'smorgasboard of southern delights'.
|Photo Credit - Phil Kline|
For a sweet fix, go for the iced tea, Spoonbread punch or fresh squeezed lemonade ($2-3). You'll feel right at home with the retro diner style chairs and tables and the sunny red and yellow checkerboard floor. It's modelled after Miss Mamie Jean Sampson Darden's Alabama kitchen. Her daughter, Norma Jean Darden is the owner and carries on her Mother's delicious traditions.
366 West 110th Street
(between Columbus & Manhattan Avenues)