Steady Grubbin’ at M&M Soul Food – Los Angeles, CA

by arnold on February 28, 2009

Last time we were in LA, we met up with our friends Don and Cristy for dinner. When I asked Don where we should meet up, he said, “How about M&M’s?” I thought I hadn’t heard of M&M’s, but when Don told me it was the soul food place that was immortalized in the Ice Cube song “Steady Mobbin’,” the lyrics instantly popped in my head:

Since one time’s so hot
Got me stash spot in the hooptie for the glock
And I’m rollin’ on rims
Eating soul food, neckbones from M&M’s

Now we didn’t order any neckbones, and honestly, I don’t remember seeing them on the menu, but if I can say one thing about M&M’s, if it’s smothered in gravy, it’s probably good.

They were out of short ribs by the time we got there, so I got the smothered oxtails instead. The oxtails were almost falling off the bone and as you can see, portions at M&M’s are generous.

Smothered OxtailsSmothered Oxtails

Another great gravy-laden dish was the smothered fried chicken. What I loved about it (besides the gravy) was that the skin was still really crispy and fatty and delicious. I’m pretty sure this fried chicken is fantastic on its own.

Smothered Fried ChickenSmothered Fried Chicken

M&M’s is also very generous with their sides—you get three choices per entree. On our table, we had collard greens, green beans, dressing, corn, mac and cheese, rice and gravy, and red beans, but I didn’t think any of them were really outstanding. They do a pretty good cornbread though.


Despite the lackluster sides, I’d still go back to M&M’s for the main courses, especially because I didn’t get to try the short ribs.

M&M Soul Food
5496 W Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045 map
Web site

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul Reiter March 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Another nice review, thanks for sharing. BTW, you spelled “despite” wrong in the last sentence. As a fellow tech writer, you can appreciate my need to edit. ;^)


Arnold March 14, 2009 at 3:03 am

@Paul: That’s okay….I fixed your mispelling of “Filipino” in your Bourdain comment. :)


Paul Reiter March 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

@Arnold – lol…touche. :)


bring me to my knees and love me tender May 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

my 9th, 10th and 11th favroite restaurants in the whole wide world is berthas, cafe blvd and a fish fry place that is in the baldwin hills mall. lol


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