Jazz Country Kitchen

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Anybody who says they know where to get the best banana pudding in the city doesn't know what they're talking about--unless they are referring to Jazz Country Kitchen. But banana pudding is not all that this unassuming soul food joint offers. The menu is written on two chalkboards and consists of different offerings every day, 'depending on what the chef decides to cook,' explains manager Clarence Smith. Chicken, fish, stews and various side-orders of black-eyed peas, macaroni salad and potato salad are all best bets and are made every day. The seating is simply folding chairs around six eight-foot fold-up tables. The sparse decor includes three large palm plants, a five-foot 1940s circular fan and a family photo display on the wall.