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Los Angeles
Dec 16, 2021

Where to Eat in Long Beach Right Now

Former dental consultant Nora Tatum made the switch to restaurateur in late July 2021, when the pandemic led to the closures of many of the dental practices she oversaw. Now she’s the owner and chef behind In the Kitchen, which quickly established itself as one of the best options for Texas-style soul food in Long Beach, with a comforting menu that includes standouts like tender oxtails, smothered pork chops, fried chicken, and sides like candied yams, collard greens, and black-eyed peas. But Tatum has already demonstrated broad appeal by adding a healthy menu of smoothies and acai bowls served from opening until 3 pm. The restaurant also sets itself apart by accepting EBT as payment and with live music during weekend brunch.

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Los Angeles
Jun 23, 2021

23 Essential Black-Owned Restaurants You Should Know in LA

Chef/owner Nora Tatum pivoted from dental consultant to restaurateur in the middle of the pandemic, opening a Texas-style soul food restaurant with recipes passed down from her Dallas-born mother and aunt. Worthwhile entrees include fried and smothered pork chops, stewed oxtails, and a perfectly battered fried catfish, plus sides like black eyed peas, collard greens, candied yams, and mac and cheese, and rotating desserts often include peach cobbler and banana pudding. The cafe has casual indoor and outdoor seating and recently began hosting live musical acts on Sunday afternoons, making it an ideal brunch stop.

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