Sunday, December 03, 2006

Central Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. at 116th Street

Mary Sargent © 2006 ………………….........………….. click to enlarge

I'm going to backtrack here because I should have mentioned Amy Ruth's when we were on the last block. We had been keeping our eyes out for soul food, Bill and I (see beginning of Harlem walk if you don't know who Bill is), and when we turned onto 116th Street, I spotted Amy Ruth's, a well known Harlem soul food restaurant. It was after 2:00 so we didn't have to wait in line, but it's not like there were many empty tables. Now I admit that I wasn't very hungry and so I had a smaller dish, the salmon croquettes, instead of their signature dish, chicken and waffles, so I'm not making a definitive statement here; I'm just saying I didn't think it was that great. And I know from southern cooking, folks. My mamma was from Mississippi and I've never tasted fried chicken better than hers – I think it was the bacon fat she fried it in. And the idea of putting honey on your fried chicken is bizarre to me. That's southern? No thanks. Sounds more Yankee to me. They put sugar in their cornbread, too.

Anyway, if you clicked on the Amy Ruth link, you saw that reviews were mixed. I might try their chicken with waffles someday, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

Okay, so here we have the First Corinthian Baptist Church, a well known Harlem church. It was originally built as a movie theater in 1912, the Regent Theatre. What must it have been like to go to a movie there? By the way, the link above has good photographs, worth seeing.

See map.


Berry said...

didn't know it used to be a theater. didn't know the mosque was a casino either.

Ka'rul Rahad said...

Splendido pho toe! Eye-filling (with good things) and sumptious. Maybe I'll take the A train.