Smothered Pork Chop, M&M Soul Food Café

Comfort food doesn’t get any better than this down-home spot’s warming, hearty menu. M&M offers its well-seasoned, juicy bone-in pork chop either simply fried or smothered. Obviously, the way to go is to have the chop smothered in the luscious brown gravy made in-house and from scratch, as all good gravy should be. The entrée portion comes with a choice of three sides—including collard greens, mac and cheese, and black-eyed peas—that just might make you fall asleep. But happily so. One chop $10, two chops

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