The Food Diaries,  USA

The Food Diaries // 003

I have so many entries for the Food Diaries, and it’s making me equally hungry and excited.

New York is chock full of amazing places to eat; from the streets of Brooklyn, all the way to Harlem you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

We managed to find ourselves in Amy Ruth’s on a Tuesday evening, after walking what seemed like forever around Central Park. It is in a fairly inconspicuous spot, but once you get inside it you feel right at home. We were seated in the corner opposite a mirror which was littered with signatures from various artists. Pretty cool.

Our waitress was really quick, and came with glasses of ice cold water and corn bread with butter. Let me just tell you about this corn bread… it was so good. Honestly, I have been craving corn bread ever since coming back from New York so I need to find a place in London, ASAP. Or, you know, make my own 🙂

I love their menu. The dishes are named after famous people throughout the years, so it makes even more delightful when you tell the waitress you would like, “The Ludacris, please!”

I ordered The James Ford, which was fried jumbo shrimp. It also comes with two sides, so I chose mashed potatoes with gravy and baked macaroni and cheese. Mutay went for the President Barack Obama – fried chicken and fried okra with fries. All of the fries!

It was so delicious! Actual love hearts came out of my body for this food. I’m not entirely sure what the white sauce was, but when I dipped my shrimp it in, that made it even more tasty. I wasn’t expecting the shrimps to be that big, even though it did say jumbo. I love how crispy the shrimp were, and the mash and mac ‘n’ cheese were so, so, so tasty.

I was so full after I finished eating. Like so full I’m glad I wore leggings and a loose fitting shirt, that day. Would have been a disaster if my button popped off and hit someone in the eye, haha.

Overall, the service was good and the food was even better. The waitress was even so kind as to direct to the right station for Brooklyn Bridge. Yay, tourists!

113 West 116th Street
Harlem, New York 10026

T: (212) 280-8779


  • Cat

    NY is definitely filled with great food! Those look like awesome comfort food, and I love cornbread. The dishes you got are making me crave mashed potatoes and fried food now, haha. Looks tasty!

  • Tara

    Awesome soul food! I love me some good cornbread. Now I’m craving for some with some taters, gravy, and chicken fried steak!!!

    Dayum girl, I just ate, and now I’m hungry all over again!

  • Nancy

    It’s good to have a lot of entries waiting to be published, that way your blog will be busy ;). The food looks delicious! Though, I can’t believe London doesn’t have any corn bread :O. There’s a ton here. It’s interesting how they named food after people! I wonder what inspired it, their personality, what they actually like eating?

    Happy eating!

    • Chynna

      I think London does have corn bread, I just haven’t been bothered to look properly. Lol. I think the names are from famous African Americans through history – that’s why it seemed like to me 🙂

  • Jamie

    I love soul food! That looks really yummy. I wish I could get some soul food right now, but alas, California is quite boring. I don’t know of any restaurants that actually serve soul food.

  • Raisa

    Another big fan of soul food! I’m craving for corn bread now. I haven’t had any in a while. I gotta cook some fried shrimp soon!!

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