If you've never been down South for some good home cooking, consider heading over to 95th Street and Avalon Boulevard to try the M&M Mississippi Home Cooking restaurant. Opened in 1963 by Mary Stewart, the restaurant is popular for its fine home-style soul food.
Mary's daughter and head chef, Debra Ratliff, who is assisted by her sisters, Nicole and Jackie, is justly proud of the restaurant, which is decorated plainly with a few pictures and blues concert posters. One does not come to M&M for elegant surroundings, but for authentic soul food. One bite and you know: This food simply tastes good.
On one occasion, M&M was sold out of my first two choices, so I reluctantly ordered the turkey wing with dressing ($7.99). Now it's my first choice. I had heard the saying "so tender the meat falls off the bone," but it wasn't until I tried M&M's turkey wing that I ever saw it happen. I picked up the large wing and all the meat--and there's a lot of it--fell off the bone.
One of the most popular specials is the short ribs of beef ($7.95). These very tender, meaty beef ribs are sprinkled with seasoned salt, Accent and pepper and topped with gravy. As with all entrees, they come with a choice of three side dishes.