Maggie's & M J's Southern

★★★★★

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Mon. - Wed. 11am - 9pm;Thu. - Sat. 11am - 9:30pm;Sun. 11am - 8pm

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Feb 2011

Been a while since I reviewed this establishment 5 years ago. The quality of good old southern food is still strong at Maggie's. You simply cannot find this kind of food at these prices anywhere else. I'm still hooked on the tender pork chops in gravy, the fried fish and those veggies that speak to me from my own mom's southern roots, may she rest in peace. I can understand the package price of chicken luring you to a Popeyes or KFC, but do yourself a favor, at least hit up Maggies for a three vegetable plate to compliment the yardbird. This is as good as it gets, and their dedication to the loyal local crowd means they haven't scaled back the portions. If you think that neon orange mac and cheese style of KFC is real mac and cheese, you have to go to Maggies for an education.

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Feb 2011

Been a while since I reviewed this establishment 5 years ago. The quality of good old southern food is still strong at Maggie's. You simply cannot find this kind of food at these prices anywhere else. I'm still hooked on the tender pork chops in gravy, the fried fish and those veggies that speak to me from my own mom's southern roots, may she rest in peace. I can understand the package price of chicken luring you to a Popeyes or KFC, but do yourself a favor, at least hit up Maggies for a three vegetable plate to compliment the yardbird. This is as good as it gets, and their dedication to the loyal local crowd means they haven't scaled back the portions. If you think that neon orange mac and cheese style of KFC is real mac and cheese, you have to go to Maggies for an education.

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Maggies has expanded it's dining area, but it's almost never full. The locals take out most of the time. The portions are very generous - that's the sure sign that it's a old favorite among the loyal regulars. The cabbage, Mac and Cheese, and collard greens are flawless. I think the candied yams could stand to have more firmness - maybe a sticky sugar crust to them - sometimes they are swimming in liquid and are way too soft. I prefer the pork ribs over the beef, but that's just me. The pork ribs are usually excellent, but sometimes they also swim in too much oily grease. But what the heck, this is a vacation from salads and yogurt. This is classic comfort food. Get some rice to soak up the essence. Surprisingly, there's no mashed potatoes. Occasionally, you might get a bare rib bone or two spooned into the entree. That's because the meat is so tender it comes right off. Don't worry; there's more than enough meat overall - in fact, each dinner might be a dinner for two among amateurs. They also have excellent fried fish (whiting), dropped in the oil after ordering, and good fried chicken, though you should pick your piece - they try to time the small batches, but sometimes pieces sit and get scorched in the heating tray.

You might do better for breakfast at IHOP - I found the breakfast fare at Maggie's was surprisingly "low budget" with microwaved egg and sausage patties, and that hash browns oval like at McDonalds when they first started their breakfast menu a couple years back. I haven't been back in the morning since.

They also have excellent turkey wings, peach cobbler, and pork chops smothered in gravy. Top it off with a slice of cake or sweet potato pie and you're good to go! Get there well before 8pm, because as they run out for the night, you are out of luck, and that just might affect how early they close. This is better eating than any Popeyes, KFC, or Boston Market. Maggie's has been doing this for years!

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★★★★★

Maggies has expanded it's dining area, but it's almost never full. The locals take out most of the time. The portions are very generous - that's the sure sign that it's a old favorite among the loyal regulars. The cabbage, Mac and Cheese, and collard greens are flawless. I think the candied yams could stand to have more firmness - maybe a sticky sugar crust to them - sometimes they are swimming in liquid and are way too soft. I prefer the pork ribs over the beef, but that's just me. The pork ribs are usually excellent, but sometimes they also swim in too much oily grease. But what the heck, this is a vacation from salads and yogurt. This is classic comfort food. Get some rice to soak up the essence. Surprisingly, there's no mashed potatoes. Occasionally, you might get a bare rib bone or two spooned into the entree. That's because the meat is so tender it comes right off. Don't worry; there's more than enough meat overall - in fact, each dinner might be a dinner for two among amateurs. They also have excellent fried fish (whiting), dropped in the oil after ordering, and good fried chicken, though you should pick your piece - they try to time the small batches, but sometimes pieces sit and get scorched in the heating tray.

You might do better for breakfast at IHOP - I found the breakfast fare at Maggie's was surprisingly "low budget" with microwaved egg and sausage patties, and that hash browns oval like at McDonalds when they first started their breakfast menu a couple years back. I haven't been back in the morning since.

They also have excellent turkey wings, peach cobbler, and pork chops smothered in gravy. Top it off with a slice of cake or sweet potato pie and you're good to go! Get there well before 8pm, because as they run out for the night, you are out of luck, and that just might affect how early they close. This is better eating than any Popeyes, KFC, or Boston Market. Maggie's has been doing this for years!

Pros: Good southern cooking!

Cons: You can't eat like this all the time!

 

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