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Last time we made the trek uptown to Charles' Southern Style Kitchen, we had the great good fortune to arrive at the exact moment when the all-you-can-eat buffet was being replenished with crackling-hot fried chicken, chef-owner Charles Gabriel's claim to soul-food fame. Suffused with the kind of distinctive flavor that comes from long, slow marination—and sheathed in the sort of light, crispy skin that indicates expert frying—this bird alone is worth the cover charge, which you pay up front, as if you were buying a movie ticket. Inside, a friendly waitress offers you individually wrapped, beyond-moist cornbread and a plastic glass of sweet lemonade, and then you're free to repeatedly pillage the steam table for beefy oxtails; smothered steak; okra succotash; fine macaroni and cheese; candied yams; first-rate collard greens tinged with turkey so smoky we swore we tasted pork; and barbecued ribs in a splendid sweet sauce that gives the fried chicken a run for your well-spent money.Buffet
Lunch, $11.97; dinner, $14.11