When it comes to soul food in Phoenix, there's really only one place. Since 1964, Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe has been serving classic Southern dishes such as fried chicken (smothered if you like it that way), along with collard greens, oxtails, and cobbler. It's a veritable local institution, with its golden yellow cinderblock exterior and walls covered in hundreds of signatures from past visitors.
Most people go for the fried chicken — after all, it's Mrs. Elizabeth White's fried chicken that inspired her grandson Larry "Lo-Lo" White to open what's now become the mini-chain of Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles restaurants.
I, however, go for the "moist succulent pork chop," as it's described on the restaurant's menu.
Your order includes two deep-fried pork chops covered in a simple, crisp, flavorful batter, underneath which you'll find meat so moist you practically cut it with a spoon. Served with two sides of your choosing, it's a hearty meal that may just leave you needing a nap. Just be sure sure you save a little bit of room for dessert; Mrs. White still makes cobbler for the restaurant daily, and it's likely to be the best of your life.
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