back in action: SoCal edition

It’s been a while since my last post, mostly due to laziness and technical difficulties. I recently switched over from my longtime Treo to an iPhone, and during the transition, I lost a lot of the photos taken on my travels. the good news is that I recently was able to recover the shots, AND the iPhone takes much cleaner photos. Here are a few posts from a semi-recent trip to LA.

We had a lot of great experiences on this last roaad trip, but none better than our trip to Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen Restaurant in Inglewood. Now, if you’ve been to this this neighborhood near the LA Forum, you know that Soul Food is not that uncommon. I’ve had my share of Soul Food, but I think what makes this place stand out was the friendliness of the staff there. The place is a small, homey place with a steam table and counter on one side, and 4-5 tables in the rest of the place. The windows look out onto Manchester Boulevard and all the sights that come with the neighborhood. the staff welcomed us like we were family, and the older gentleman with the gold chains happily rearranged seats and cheerfully moved some diners into other tables so our party could sit together. He was very chatty, and without verbalizing it seemed to think ” What in the hell made you come down to the ‘hood at this time of night to eat here?”

The answer was simple. Oxtails. too bad they were out that night, so I settled for the short ribs ($15.95). All dinners come with three sides, so I opted for the collard greens, candied yams and black eyed peas. Others in our group had the fried chicken ($11.99) and smothered chicken ($11.99) with sides of mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and okra and red beans. The food was pretty good and the portions were generous for sure. the fried chicken was just average with a mildly seasoned crust hanging onto the juicy meat beneath. Very good, but not terrific. There are several desserts, including a house made peach cobbler and banana pudding, and some interesting looking brought-in cakes and pies. When we were there, I saw sweet potato pie, pineapple coconut cake, red velvet cake, 7up cake and german chocolate cake. I can’t attest to the quality, as we passed on dessert here as we planned to head elsewhere for that.

 All in all, a fun experience, definitely worth the money. They are open for “late-night supper from 8-10PM on Tuesday through Thursday, and 8-11PM Friday and Saturday. Otherwise they are open 7days a week for lunch 11-4 and dinner 4-8. Check it out if you are nearby. .Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen 202 E.Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90302 (3100671-3345

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