Is It Any Good?

A new Soul Food place in North Hollywood.

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Ever go looking for a Soul Food restaurant, and find another Soul Food restaurant in the same place?

Yeah, it’s happened to me. I get around.

Sweet Mo's in North Hollywood, CA

So, for the longest time, I kept a place called Miss Peaches Soul Food Cafe in my Urbanspoon wish list. And I kept wait to go, and waiting, and waiting, and…

You get the idea.

Anyway, I finally got up to go to Miss Peaches, and…driving down Lankershim…couldn’t…find…the place.

I thought I had the address wrong. So I wound up going to Mofongo’s again, and then went back to consult.

Okay. Had the address right. Lemme try again.

Second attempt. This time I know I got the Address right. That’s something.

Only thing is, Miss Peaches? No longer in business.

Well, that’s a damn shame. On the other hand, can’t miss what you’ve never had, so let’s see what Sweet Mo’s has got to say for itself.

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Not too bad. It’s a small space. Decently comfortable, and a bit homey. The addition of the screen door as the main entrance was a nice touch, a nice Southern touch. You walk in. Wait for the lovely waitress to take your order (no lie, she was gorgeous). And watch your meal get cooked up in the open air kitchen.

See? Dinner and a show. Not too bad.

And the food, not too shabby either. I’ve had better. I’ve had worse, but it was a nice lunch, featuring two words I like to see in a lot of restaurant reviews: delicious and inexpensive.

In one respect, Sweet Mo’s has got Southern Cooking thang all to itself along Lankershim. There is a small, burgeoning African-American food scene coming up in North Hollywood…sorta. Otis Jackson’s Soul Dog was there for a time. Around the corner and down the block is Coley’s Caribbean Kitchen. And not too far from that is was Miss Peaches. So far the only survivor of that lot has been Coley’s. So here’s to hoping Sweet Mo’s hangs on. I’ll do my best to help it out, wherever I can.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, that first actual visit to Sweet Mo’s, I got the BBQ Hot Links Plate with a side of Greens. Both were pretty damn good. The sauce wasn’t Texan or anything (their loss), but it was tangy, tomatoey with a nice kick. IMG_0321

The second visit was the Fried Chicken, Breast and Wing plate. This was nice. Came out fresh from the pan, finger burning hot. Good food, good price. I’m not going to substitute it for Mom’s (and I mean Mom’s the restaurant in Van Nuys), but it was a good lunch. No regrets. Good price.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The most important thing you may need to know going it there, especially during the summer…it can be a bit hot. Just a bit. Nothing too terrible, not like you’re sweltering in there or anything. Just a bit hot.

Also, they don’t have a Liquor License yet. You can bring your own, but there is a corkage fee.

 

PARKING: Limited. You’re talking all street parking, and the places along Lankershim Blvd. are going to be taken. I had some success along Collins, which is just a block to the north. But it’s all free.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Sweet Mo’s
5643 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, Ca 91601

Tel: (818) 506-3050

Hours:
Sunday-Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm