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Soul-food restaurant helmed by staffers of its renowned predecessor, Edna's.

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There was much mourning when the legendary soul-food Edna's closed in 2010, after the passing of Edna Stewart—then-governor Pat Quinn even declared a day in her honor. But that same year it reopened with pretty much everything except her name on the sign. Nearly all of her 15-member staff came back, chief among them longtime chef and manager Lillie Joiner, who was hired by Stewart's uncle decades ago and was trained by the exacting Edna herself. A few items have been added to the menu—chicken tenders and a turkey burger—but apart from that it remains the same, down to the brains and eggs and the American cheese-based mac I'm convinced can't be touched by any other kitchen in the city. "It's the same food"—including the famous biscuits, says Joiner. "I tell everyone I know this is Edna's. I cooked for 20 years and that's all I know. She taught me to cook it, so I have to do it the same way." Read the full review >>

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