5 To Try: Soul Food in L.A.

L.A.'s Southern transports looking for down-home fixins may have a tough time finding authentic soul food favorites like fried chicken, mac 'n' cheese and collard greens amid all the health-conscious eateries in the city. But not to worry--we've done the legwork for you. When Southern cravings come a-callin' and the only thing on your mind is peach cobbler and sweet tea, stop by one of these Los Angeles soul food restaurants that are authentically delicious.

Updated: May 19, 2010

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M & M Soul Food

3300 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305

There are M&M Soul Food restaurants sprinkled throughout Los Angeles, but the key is to know which one reigns supreme. This crowned jewel in West L.A. is the go-to spot for after-church brunchers, but it's also packed for dinner with folks feasting on traditional fried chicken dinners, hot links and smothered pork chops. If you want to grab a seat and chat over chitlins and relish your lemonade, patience is key.

Miss Peaches

5643 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The Virginia-born owner of this Southern cafe has a keen sense of down-home details. Formerly the home of Angelena's Soul Food, the restaurant's interior has transformed into that of a makeshift Old South kitchen where diners groove to soulful music flowing from the speakers and share conversations over fried catfish, fried pork chops and smothered chicken. The restaurant serves authentic sweet tea, which is tough to find in L.A, as well as hard-to-come by dessert faves like sock-it-to me cake, caramel pound cake and gooey butter cake.

Chef Marilyn's 99cents Soul Food

2638 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

If the line down the street for this restaurant doesn't spark your curiosity, one bite of the fried chicken will probably make you a fan. Food is served buffet style inside this hidden find that's common knowledge only to L.A.'s true soul-food foodies. This is where you can get neck bones, ham hocks and black-eyed peas for less than a buck. Short ribs, salmon croquette and fried chicken wings cost a bit more, but shouldn't be missed. Neither should the banana pudding.

Bertha's Soul Food Cafe

1714 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90047

Want one good reason why this Southern grub staple has managed to keep its doors open since 1965? They'll give you four: Fried chicken, gumbo, smothered steak, and liver & onions. And we didn't even mention sides like cabbage, yams and pinto beans. While a fire in the 70s threatened to permanently close its doors, the restaurant bounced back with its gravy-smothered meats and decadent red velvet cake.