Occupation: Food Photographer
Location: San Jose
Favorite Restaurant: Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food
Reviewed Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food: Saturday, February 16, 2013
I've never had soul food from a restaurant. All the soul food I've ever tried has been through family and friends’ kitchens. Oh and yes, Texas Smokehouse on Capitol has the best greens ever and their BBQ is pretty damn good. However, I'm already planning WHO else I can bring back there with me! Key is to get a group of friends and order a little bit of everything so you can try it all! I've never had fried chicken like this before! I ordered the fried chicken and pork rib combo plate, which came with two pieces of fried chicken and three nice sized pork ribs. My buddy ordered the brisket and BBQ chicken plate and between us we ordered sides of mac n’ cheese, greens, baked beans, corn bread and fried okra and some sweet tea to wash it down with! It was a toss up between grape Kool-Aid and sweet tea. This is THE best fried chicken I've ever had. I can't even describe the way the skin has the consistency of good pork cracklin'! I wouldn't be surprised if they deep-fried their chicken in straight up pork fat! Everything was very flavorful, fresh tasting; all the different types of meats were tender and tasty. THIS will be my soul food go-to place! 🙂 Thanks Duy! Let your SOUUUUL GLOWWWW!
Occupation: Olympic Champion / Cookbook Author
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant: Pompei's Grotto
Reviewed Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food: Friday, March 1, 2013
Well I was having heart palpitations, and I can’t determine if it was the fatty food I ate, or if it was the stress I went through trying to get a reservation at Lillie Mae’s House of Heart Attack.
I live an hour away and I like to have reservations anyway when I go out. What confusion. The website says to call or email for reservation. I did both. In fact I called four times and had friends call two times. A total of six -- no response at all. I emailed twice only to get the answer that they don't take reservations on Friday or Saturday. I emailed back. “Can we do Thursday at the same time?” No response. I emailed again two days later. Hallelujah, a returned email. It said “you only need a reservation for large parties.” Honestly, I didn’t care if the food was BBQ at the French Laundry. I understood as soon as I walked in the door why reservations were not needed. First of all, there was no hostess and second of all, it was an order at the counter and pick up your own food kind of place. Nowhere on the website does it say or show that.