For lip-smackin’ eating, the queen of soul food serves it up at Mama J’s Kitchen, a jewel of a restaurant on First Street that would have been right at home in 1930 with its glass-fronted case of homemade cakes right up front.
Over at Ettamae’s, you can get breakfast and lunch and starting April 1, dinner. Located on historic Second Street on the block with the recently-renovated Hippodrome Theater, this is a neighborhood joint par excellence. Expect to be welcomed enthusiastically.
After having a minivan driven into it last summer, Marshall Street Café is finally back in business. This neighborhood hot spot is known for having live music every night they’re open and they’ve added Jazz Bistro to their name so that the neighborhood will know. You’re likely to hear jazz, retro soul and even spoken word.