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P&D Soul Food Kitchen

927 S. Goldwyn Ave., Orlando, FL - (407) 730-3486
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/22/2014 4:14:00 AM
Soul food restaurants in and around Orlando, Florida, tend to be colorful places with personal photos and memorabilia covering the walls. P&D Soul Food Kitchen has virtually no personality at all. It is a minuscule carry out-only storefront with no décor and no seating except for a few tables out in an adjoining hallway and, on Sundays, a couple of extra tables set out in another hallway for families to share supper. Everything is sold in take-away Styrofoam containers.

In this bland location, you will find brilliantly flavored food, made with expertise and from scratch. "We use no cans," explains Denis Cox, who owns the place with his wife, Paula. Their recipes are mostly their parents', but with a healthful twist: smoked turkey necks are used instead of ham hocks to add meaty savor to greens and cabbage.

Among the nearly dozen entrees available every day, turkey wings are a standout, delivering incredible amounts of good dark meat; Sunday roast pork is as sweet as cream; chicken wings are fried crisp and a joy to worry; and baked chicken is butter-rich. Essential side dishes include glazed pieces of extraordinarily dark beets and peppery rutabaga served in big, velvety hunks. Baked macaroni and cheese is made with four different cheeses and – although Dennis is mum on the subject – we suspect a dab of sour cream.

“Our cakes come from the finest baker in Orlando,” Dennis brags, turning with a grin to a soft-spoken lady sitting on a stool near the door where people enter. Strangers aren’t sure if she is a customer waiting in line or a staff member. It is Ann Fisher, who brings her beautiful cakes to the Soul Kitchen twice a week. Ann's red velvet cake is moist, tender, and very chocolaty, its generous cream cheese frosting spangled with bits of pecan. As Dennis cuts us a slice of Ann's Key lime cake, he says, "This is a monster! People are taking it home and hiding it under the bed so they can eat it all after everyone else goes to sleep."

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Baked Chicken
Rutabagas
Beets
Red Velvet Cake
Collards & Cabbage
Key Lime Cake
Mac & Cheese
Layer Cake
Roast Pork
Liver & Onions
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We don't know of a better baked chicken dinner than this, the painfully tender bird accompanied by herbed cornbread dressing, collard greens, and mac 'n' cheese.
"We don't know of a better baked chicken dinner than this, the painfully tender bird accompanied by herbed cornbread dressing, collard greens, and mac 'n' cheese."
Michael Stern





Key lime cake is a popular item in the soul food restaurants of Orlando. This one has a vivid citrus flavor, perfectly balanced by its sweet icing.
"Key lime cake is a popular item in the soul food restaurants of Orlando. This one has a vivid citrus flavor, perfectly balanced by its sweet icing."
Michael Stern


P&D glazed beets are firm and dense, so dark they are nearly black, and radiant with vegetable sweetness.
"P&D glazed beets are firm and dense, so dark they are nearly black, and radiant with vegetable sweetness. "
Michael Stern


Big, creamy hunks of rutabaga have a subtle and delicious peppery twist.
"Big, creamy hunks of rutabaga have a subtle and delicious peppery twist."
Michael Stern


One of the great Sunday meals is roast pork, made from what chef Dennis tells us is 'an old Hispanic recipe.'
"One of the great Sunday meals is roast pork, made from what chef Dennis tells us is 'an old Hispanic recipe.'"
Michael Stern


Mac & cheese, made with four cheeses, one of which is a chewy yellow cheddar mantle, has a fetching tang. 'If I tell you how I make it, I am going to have to put you on lock down' Dennis tells us. 'The seasonings are secret.'
"Mac & cheese, made with four cheeses, one of which is a chewy yellow cheddar mantle, has a fetching tang. 'If I tell you how I make it, I am going to have to put you on lock down' Dennis tells us. 'The seasonings are secret.' "
Michael Stern


Braised cabbage is laced with collard greens.
"Braised cabbage is laced with collard greens."
Michael Stern


Dining facilities at P&D Soul Food Kitchen are a few tables in the hallway just outside the restaurant.
"Dining facilities at P&D Soul Food Kitchen are a few tables in the hallway just outside the restaurant."
Michael Stern


Ann Fisher, master cake baker, shows her red velvet cake.
"Ann Fisher, master cake baker, shows her red velvet cake."
Michael Stern


Ann Fisher's red velvet cake is moist, tender, very chocolaty, fresh as a just-laid egg, just-churned butter, and just-separated cream. Its cream cheese frosting is spangled with nuts.
"Ann Fisher's red velvet cake is moist, tender, very chocolaty, fresh as a just-laid egg, just-churned butter, and just-separated cream. Its cream cheese frosting is spangled with nuts."
Michael Stern


Dennis Cox prepares a meal at the steam table.
"Dennis Cox prepares a meal at the steam table."
Michael Stern


Liver & onions is one huge heap of food. The liver isn't as juicy as we'd like, but gravy and succulent side dishes are ample compensation.
"Liver & onions is one huge heap of food. The liver isn't as juicy as we'd like, but gravy and succulent side dishes are ample compensation."
Michael Stern


White cake, chocolate frosting: nothing could be simpler ... or better.
"White cake, chocolate frosting: nothing could be simpler ... or better."
Michael Stern


All meals are presented in Styrofoam clamshell containers.
"All meals are presented in Styrofoam clamshell containers."
Michael Stern



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