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Our first experience with 'southern food' came when we went to Harlem to try Amy Ruth's chicken and waffles. The concept of chicken and waffles had perplexed us since hearing of Roscoe's when we were in Hollywood. Having missed our opportunity to try it in L.A., we knew we had to give it a shot in NYC.
When we arrived the waitress sensed that we were overwhelmed by our unfamiliarity with the menu items. Collard greens? Cheesy grits? We didn't know where to begin. She was incredibly friendly and was able to recommend (way too much) food for the two of us.
She said that we should try the honey-dipped fried chicken (which was called 'The Reggie Harris') and regular/plain chicken and waffles, titled 'The Reverend Al Sharpton'. It was unusual and amazing. Who would have thought these two seemingly unrelated food items would go together so well? We went with the unknown for the sides. We agreed that the collard greens tasted a bit too "bitter, or something" and had mixed feelings about the grits. Also, is corn bread supposed to taste like cake?
We enjoyed our first experience with home-style, southern cuisine, perhaps we'll check it out when we inevitably return. Any advice for us "soul food" newbies?