Superior Soul Food (2008)

Manna's Soul Food & Salad Bar

While it outwardly resembles the mediocre and occasionally infectious hot-and-cold spreads of midtown delis, the buffet at MANNA'S SOUL FOOD & SALAD BAR is worlds away. Its operatives keep all selections at peak freshness, and even the most mundane items have a special flavor twist: fresh green beans, for example, are cooked with onions and a shake of chile flakes. Especially good are the brown-sauced oxtails, while the chitterlins—with a maximum of good porky taste and a minimum of skank—are the tastiest in the neighborhood.

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