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56: Smothered Chicken at R and R Soul Food

Smothered Chicken at R & R Soul Food
Smothered Chicken at R & R Soul Food
G. Snyder

Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

56: Smothered Chicken at R & R Soul Food.

A good soul food plate should be formidable. It should make you worry whether you are going to be able make the drive home without falling asleep, never mind cleaning your plate. At Carson's R & R Soul Food, a former branch of M & M Soul Food that was taken over by an enterprising cook, the smothered chicken reigns supreme -- and believe us, it will put the fear of God into you (and not just because of the all-African-American Last Supper portrait hanging in the dining room).

It starts with good fried chicken: dusted with flour and fried until its skin becomes chicharron-crisp, while the white meat inside remains plump and juicy. Then comes a tidal wave of dark brown gravy, rich, thick, and flavored with sautéed onions. Actually the plate is entirely covered in gravy (the kitchen must pour the stuff on with a cement mixer). Somehow though, like Noah's ark bobbing amongst the flood, the chicken retains its crunch.

If it were possible to eat only the side dishes here -- soft cornbread muffins, mac n' cheese, sweet buttered corn, vinegar-lashed collard greens, or candied yams sweet enough to dissolve fillings -- you would probably be comfortable and content. But that won't happen. When you're worshipping at a temple of home-cooking like R & R's, the only way to do it is to overdo it. Luckily, they're pretty helpful about leftovers -- and refills on sweet tea.


Check out the rest of our 100 of our favorite dishes. Suggestion? Write us a comment.

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98: Chichen Itza's Cochinita Pibil

97: Tsukemen at Tsujita L.A.

96: La Cevicheria's Bloody Clam Ceviche

95: Duck Shawarma at Momed

94: Peruvian Chicken at Pollo a la Brasa

93: Squash Blossom Quesadilla at Antojitos Carmen

92: Thai Boat Noodles at Pa-Ord

91: Baco Mercat's Bazole

90: Furikake Kettle Corn at A-Frame

89: Live Santa Barbara Spot Prawns at Providence

88: Fried Pig Tails at Night + Market

87: Egg Salad Sandwich at Euro Pane

86: Galbi Jjim at Soban

85: Truffle Honey-Laced Fried Chicken at Manhattan Beach Post

84: Mool Naeng Myun at Yu Chic Naeng Myun

83: Chicken Vampiro at Mexicali Taco & Co

82: Sooo Cali Dog at Dog Haus

81: White Anchovy, Tomato and Fresno Chile Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza

80: Shu Mai at Elite Restaurant

79: Tandoori Chicken at Al-Watan

78: Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding at The Hungry Cat

77: Agedashi Tofu at Izakaya Bincho

76: Pork Chop at Salt's Cure

75: Porcetto at Sotto

74: The Sea Urchin Tostada at La Guerrerense

73: Wood-Roasted English Peas at Tar & Roses

72: Persian Mulberries at Weiser Family Farms

71: Hunan-Style Preserved Pork with Tofu at Hunan Chilli King

70: Brisket Banh Mi at Gjelina Take Away

69: Yukhwe Bibimbap at Oo-Kook Korean BBQ

68: Lamb Pie at Beijing Pie House

67: Son of a Gun's Uni and Burrata

66: Pastrami Reuben at Art's Delicatessen

65: Beef Koobideh at Kabab Mahaleh

64: The Whipper Burger at Hawkins House of Burgers

63: Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow

62: Whole Channel Island Red Sea Urchin at Water Grill

61: Going Dutch Panini at Bread Lounge

60: Huckleberry's Green Eggs & Ham

59: Pickled Watermelon Salad at L&E Oyster Bar

58: Spaghettini with Abalone, Pickled Cod Roe and Truffles at n/naka

57: Brown Brown Bread Ice Cream at Scoops Westside


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R & R Soul Food

18427 S. Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA 90746

310-715-6716


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