– This is something that'll make you wanna slap ya mamma.
– You know? – I know what you mean.
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– We're gonna be travelingall over southern California.
– We're gonna go to one soul food spot.
– You eat their soul food.
– And at that soul foodjoint, they're gonna tell us their favorite soul food joint.
– And then you follow thattrail and go on and on and on until you find – The best soul food in LosAngeles, can I get an amen? – Amen.
– Let's go.
– Let's go.
– I got soul.
Gonna say that all day.
– How are we gonna judgethese places, by the way? – Do you feel it in your soul? – I got sa– (laughs) – Taste/flava.
– [Colin] Flava.
– And then the last one.
– Colin what's your last one? – Comfort.
– Can I get an amen? – Amen.
– Whoo! – 'Bout to pull up tothe spot, The Boiler.
– Chino Hills, what up? 30% Asian out here.
– Stephen did some Wikipedia on the way.
– Today we're on thislike, soul food adventure and we're trying tofind the best soul food in the whole L.
– Oh, it's gonna bepretty tough to beat here.
– We'll find out.
You're an Asian dude.
– I am an Asian dude.
– How did you get inthe soul food business? (laughs) – I just fell in love with New Orleans, decided to try to bringover to southern California.
– He doesn't really knowmuch about soul food.
What do you think he's gonna learn today? – It's all about the trinityspices, like you know– – The trinity? – Yeah, yeah, yeah.
– Like, the holy trinity? – The holy trinity of spices.
– Whoo, I'm already feeling the spirit.
– All right, let's do this.
– This is what I got so far.
We've got oysters on the half shell.
We've got shrimp po-boy.
We've got gumbo.
And then we've got some bacon-wrapped delicious looking morsels over here.
– All right.
– Let's dig in.
– How do I eat this? – Slide it down you gullet.
– Mm – There ain't much betterthan a good oyster.
– Whoo! – That is fresh.
– Can I get an amen? – Amen.
– Okay, let's do the panhouse signature dish.
– Going down the hatch.
– Big kernels of seafood in it.
– Not expecting that.
– That right there, that's soulful.
– As per the yoosh, I'm eating too much.
And we have two more stops.
– I'm gonna cut Colin off here.
– No way, you don't get to cut me off.
As far as comfort goes, I'm feeling warm.
Flavors exploding all over the place.
They're getting four in flavors.
– No, no, no, you'renot saying flavor right.
– I'm gonna give 'em four, we still have two more places to go.
– I'll give it five, a straight five.
I mean, we talked about the trinity today.
When you're not eatingsoul food at your own spot, have you heard of any good places in L.
that have really good soul food.
– There's a great spot called Mama Soul down on Pico in L.
– Back to Los Angeles.
– We're going to Mama Soul.
– Mama soul.
(glass clinks) – All right, you guysready to go to Mama Soul? – Yeah.
– Are you okay? – I'm fine.
– You don't look okay.
– I feel very full.
– I feel ready to eat another two rounds.
– I'm ready for some like,mac and cheese though.
– I got soul.
– All right, so we finallymade it to Mama Soul.
We have Starr here.
– Our niche is that we do all natural.
So our meats have nopesticides, no hormones and we work with localfarmers for our produce so we're very proud of that.
I took the yummiest things in soul food and put it all together.
Mac and cheese, yams that I love, black eye peas that I grew up with.
So, it's flavors from all over.
(high energy music) – Let's just dig in.
– You guys, whoa, I got my– – Tarter sauce.
– Soul food ranch (laughs) – I love that here's a turkeyleg floating in the collards.
– These beans remind me of something, I don't know what it is.
But it's comfort.
– Whoo, kick.
– Wait, this cornbread'sgot a little sticky top.
– I'm lost.
– Mmm! – Don't interrupt the woman, she's eating.
– I can't make any judgements yet until I taste the catfish though.
– There's not one thing we're eating here that's the same as anythingwe ate at the last joint.
Yet, it's still soul food.
– Still soul food.
– You forget that soul food's kind of a big wide variety of stuff.
– I literally feel like I'min my Aunt Canary's kitchen.
– You have an aunt named Canary? – I do.
– That's amazing.
– You comfortable.
– Feel like I'm at home.
– There you go.
5 on flava – 4.
5 on flava – 5's all around.
– Are you convinced Freddie? – I'm comin' around.
– You don't have to go back to Virginia to find soul food, Freddie? – I don't.
I feel like this was like afamily reunion experience.
Love, comfort, good food, good vibes.
Gotta keep goin'.
– Look alive, Stephen.
– Come on, we don't havetime for your shenanigans.
– No, I can't go anymore, I quit.
All right, I'm gettingin the car, Freddie.
You want me to get in thecar, I'll get in the car.
– [Freddie] All right, so weare headed to Chef Marilyn's on Crenshaw Boulevard.
– So we are here with ChefMarilyn of Chef Marilyn's (laughs) The Chef Marilyn.
27 years, you still love it? You wake up everyday excited.
– I love it.
I work seven days a week.
I wake up everyday andthe fulfillment part is that people love the food.
– Favorite thing on your menu.
– People love everything.
Soul food is good and it's from the heart.
– That's probably theeasiest way to define it.
– From the heart.
– Yay, thank you so much Chef Marilyn.
So we got mac and cheese,yams, black eye peas, spinach, smothered chicken.
– Smothered chicken.
– And pork chops.
(sings) – [Stephen] All right guys.
– Our last stop on the soul food tour.
This is a take out only joint, so we're eating in the back of the car.
I have to say, I think thiscatfish is better than Mama Soul – No way, her catfish had longevity.
After like 20 minutes it was still good.
– Wait till you taste this.
– The cornbread is reallygetting me excited.
The crispy edges, I love crispy edges.
– Mm – Yep.
– Sure is.
– You can tell she's put a lotof love and butter in here.
– Butter is her main ingredient.
(laughs) But that's what soul food is.
– I gotta say the soul factorhere is a full throttle five.
– I give a five.
– [Colin] Yeah.
– As a soul food, now connoisseur, five.
– There's a lot of soul in this joint.
– I think it wins.
– Is that meaning of soul? – Soul is community.
Soul is family.
Soul is like legacy.
– Seoul is in South Korea.
(laughs)- [Colin] This guy.
– What have we learnedabout soul food today? – It's really diverse.
– It's really diverse, waymore diverse than I think anybody give it credit for.
There's a lot of thingsyou can call soul food.
– We out! (laughs) – They can't see us.