The New York Times notes that many traditional soul food restaurants have closed in Harlem as victims of the neighborhood's changing tastes. Having been a big fan of a number of the now shuttered restaurants, including Pan Pan, Wimp's, Singleton's, Copeland's, and Wilson's, I am saddened by this trend. Especially for those of us who love fried chicken, this is a real loss, and these restaurants may not be replaced. (Note: The Times story said that M&G Diner, another fried chicken stalwart, was still open. Were that the case. I believe it closed a couple of months ago, and the phone there was disconnected when I called.)
The story made me wonder if this trend is going on in other non-Southern cities with well-established African-American neighborhoods. Are Chicago soul food restaurants also on the endangered (fried chicken) species list? What about Los Angeles soul food spots? Serious eaters want to know.
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