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 Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA

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mar52

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Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 10:17 PM (permalink)
Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch used to be across the street from where I live and I'd occasionally eat there, always enjoying good Soul Food.
 
When the rent went up they moved not far from me, but not that convenient where I'd remember that I could go there easily.
 
Today that changed.  Let's have dinner at Aunt Kizzy's!
 
Today was the Sunday brunch menu which meant that they were only serving chicken, either baked, barbecued or fried, pork chops and ribs.
Aunt Kizzy's is known for their fried chicken so that's what I ordered along with macaroni and cheese and spicy broccoli as my sides.  Sharon ordered the 4 rib plate with red beans and stewed cabbage for her sides.
 
I knew we were in trouble when the waitress came back ten minutes after we ordered asking me, "Do you want your dark chicken to be a breast and wing or a thigh and leg?"
 
Ten minutes after that the waitress came back to ask how Sharon wanted her ribs.  (WHAT???)  Without being given any choices, Sharon said.... barbecued.
 
There were only 2 other tables filled in the place at the time and I saw at least 5 people working the front of the restaurant.  Why this long wait? If they are only serving 3 meats, shouldn't most of them be ready for serving?
 
We wait....
 
Corn muffins were brought to us.  They were excellent.
 



  We nibbled on the muffins for another ten minutes as I'm checking the time on my phone every few minutes. 
 
Finally!  Here comes our food!  The waitress gives me my plate and says, "The other leg is coming out soon."
 
Which means to me... The plate in front of me was already cooked and waiting around while they had to cook up one more leg which I didn't know I was getting in the first place.
 

 
I taste the watery macaroni and cheese....  Ice cold.

When the waitress came back with the good leg I told her that my macaroni was cold so she took it away.
 
Prior to ordering I asked about the "spicy broccoli".  I just wanted to taste it because the description sounded interesting.  She said that it's spicy broccoli but I could order it non-spicy if I wanted.  The spicy broccoli was butter (I hope) soaked broccoli sprinkled with red pepper flakes.  Nothing else done to it. 
 
Now for the ribs....  Two hunks of meat.  No bones to be found anywhere on the plate.  Not one!
 
 
 
Sharon loved her entire meal, ribs or not.
 
  The second chicken leg which was eaten first was hot and good.  The other two pieces of chicken when returned with the still luke warm, runny macaroni were now cold.  I was also bothered that the "end piece" of the chicken was still attached to the thigh.  You know the piece...  the one that goes over the fence last...  I don't remember ever being served this particular piece in the past... ever. 
 
I used to recommend Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch to anyone visiting the area. Sadly, that ended today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
<message edited by mar52 on Sun, 04/3/11 10:22 PM>
 
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    EdSails

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    Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 10:37 PM (permalink)
    Sad news. I'd always wanted to go to Aunt Kizzy's but never made it. 
    Have you been to M&M Soul Food on Centinela?
     
     
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      Nancypalooza

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      Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 10:39 PM (permalink)
      Oh no Mar!  I really hate it when a place loses its way that bad.  Sorry you had to eat there to find out.
       
      #3
        mar52

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        Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 10:57 PM (permalink)
        Nancy, it is sad, indeed.
         
        Ed, no I haven't eaten at M&M Soul Food.  I've passed it hundreds of times.  Is it worth stopping?
         
         
         
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          pnwchef

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          Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 11:02 PM (permalink)
          Mar, not fun loosing a good thing. The Restaurant business is a hard business to succeed in, not a good idea to loose something that takes years to build...................
           
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            EdSails

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            Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 11:03 PM (permalink)
            Delicious and authentic. Reasonable, too. I've been to the one near you, and went regularly to their location in Long Beach. Great smothered pork chops!
             
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              mar52

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              Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 11:09 PM (permalink)
              Smothered pork chops?  Now on my list of places I need to visit.
               
              PNWCHEF:  They have been in business under the same ownership for 30 - 40 years.  I used to go there when Adolf, the owner sold only burgers.
               
              Sad.
               
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                mlooney56

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                Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 11:24 PM (permalink)
                Sorry to hear about Kizzies, although I haven't been there in a while.
                Here's two to try if you don't mind driving a bit.
                Flossies is in Torrance and Mom's Bar-B-Q house is in the valley.
                 
                http://losangeles.menupages.com/restaurants/flossies/menu
                http://www.momsbarbq.com/menu.rs
                 
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                  mar52

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                  Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 11:44 PM (permalink)
                  Thanks for the recommendations, mlooney56.
                   
                   
                   
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                    Michael Hoffman

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                    Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Sun, 04/3/11 11:57 PM (permalink)
                    Sounds sort of like Dee's Diner-West.
                     
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                      chewingthefat

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                      Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Mon, 04/4/11 11:48 AM (permalink)
                      Kizzie it goodby!
                       
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                        mar52

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                        Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Mon, 04/4/11 1:07 PM (permalink)
                        There was an advertising card on the tables at Aunt Kizzy's advertising a chance to win $500 for a family dinner at your favorite restaurant.
                        If you click on the Los Angeles results you'll see that it looks like both Ed and I are correct on our reviews.
                         
                        If you enter, I guess you could also win.
                         
                        http://madeasrestaurantwars.com/
                         
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                          EdSails

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                          Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Mon, 04/4/11 1:15 PM (permalink)
                          I am surprised M &M did not do so well either. Harold and Belles is supposed to be a landmark, though. Have to try it some time. It's still owned by the same family after 40+ years.
                           
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                            mar52

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                            Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Mon, 04/4/11 1:43 PM (permalink)
                            Just checked out Harold and Belle's menu...
                             
                            http://www.haroldandbellesrestaurant.com/[link]ourmenu.html[/link]
                             
                            Looks delicious and pricey.  $20 for catfish?
                             
                            One of these days!
                             
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                              Michael Hoffman

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                              Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Mon, 04/4/11 1:48 PM (permalink)
                              Heck, I can get you some catrfish for just the price of a good stinkbait and a non-resident fishing license..
                               
                              #15
                                6star

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                                Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Mon, 04/4/11 1:56 PM (permalink)
                                The only problem would be that the non-resident fishing license would probably cost almost as much as the complete fish dinner!
                                 
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                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                  Re:Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, CA Mon, 04/4/11 2:32 PM (permalink)
                                  Nope. A three-day non-resident license is just $11. The stinkbait's about a buck, and in a few  hours time you've enough cats for a couple of dozen dinners.
                                   
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