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Philadelphia’s Country Cookin Needs Our Culinary Prayers

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  1. Nay says:

    why tear down another black establishment for clout get it together this is a shame. Anyways her line is always around the corner regardless of the hate … KEEP GOING SAUD !!!

  2. The queen in that video is the OWNER. 2. This buffet is 1 of 3 locations. She owns a stand alone restaurant and a food truck as well. Please do your research before you try to tear down a black entrepreneur for views and likes. It’s sad

    1. thehungryblackman says:

      Our apologies. We do not research the owners. Our reviews are based off the quality of the food and our experience.

  3. Nicole says:

    I’m a local and had a similar experience. I was ecstatic to try her food because of all the reviews on social media only to be let down. I was pregnant when I went to her restaurant and my baby is almost 5. Honestly I think when you know how to cook as well your review on things will be a lot different than a review from someone that doesn’t know how to cook.

  4. Shekeyta says:

    I Would Never Try Her Food it’s Just Tooo Much Sweetness Or Salt Added To it She Dont Make it With Luv Like She Say Yall See it Cause it’s A Noo We Dont See it . 😔

  5. Tracey says:

    You are so right about country cookin I tried her food and never again plus she nines to have a price list instead of charging by weight she killing her people with all that seasoning some people can’t have salt

  6. Brandi says:

    This article is disgusting. So you needed to try to tear down a black woman’s business? You should be ashamed.

    1. thehungryblackman says:

      We are food critiques and have been doing so for seven years. Our articles are honest and we would never tear down a business. If the food is great, no matter what is written, it will prevail. The more important question is how to improve so that the collective Black food ecosystem continues to thrive.

  7. Nae says:

    I’ve tried everything you mentioned in this post & my experience was the complete opposite. maybe you went on a day when someone else had to cook & she was busy tending to the new food truck. Just because you like your food one way doesn’t mean the next person does. Me personally, I absolutely hate crunchy vegetables. I don’t want crunchy cabbage nor string beans, but obviously you do. Any hot food you get from inside a market, gas station etc. is almost always served under heat lamps &/or buffet style so I’m not sure how else you were expecting the food to be served honestly. If you feel as though she needs so many improvements, have you reached out to helped what those improvements? What action did you take besides writing an opinionated article? if you knew better you’d do better. God bless & have the day you deserve

    1. thehungryblackman says:

      We provided suggestions from our experience. We have been critiquing food for seven years within the Black food ecosystem and will love to do a follow up on this space in the coming months.

  8. Trevina says:

    Her food has always been overhyped I’ve tried her food 3 times and each time it was a no. So I agree and everyone can have their own opinion but it’s a great amount who thinks everything you stated is true and I’m one of them.

  9. Angela says:

    What other restaurants that are non black have tou tried and commented on. Half of the Asian restaurants would be closed if you did. Like the people said, you should be ashamed of yourself bruh.

  10. Rhonda says:

    The fried fish is really good

  11. Tamu says:

    It’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism

  12. Brenda says:

    I don’t like buffets.

  13. Abby says:

    I wish I could get a refund on the pan of Mac & Cheese I paid $250 for. The worst! 🙄😩

  14. jasmine says:

    The food is just nasty

  15. Ashley says:

    What kind of person do you have to be to write this about someone. The words you used are so horrible. You’re a horrible person honestly. If you didn’t have anything nice to say you could’ve kept it to yourself. This was corny.

  16. Jessica says:

    I tried it twice and unfortunately, I’ve had a similar experience.
    I also ordered the cookbook as well as seasoning just to support her and what shes doing and never received it so I ended up having to dispute the charge with my bank.
    I absolutely love what she does for the community but there is definitely room for improvement here.

  17. Jessica says:

    I tried the restaurant twice, and unfortunately I had a similar experience both times.
    I also tried to show support by ordering the cookbook as well as a few seasonings before Thanksgiving of last year and never received my order so I ended up disputing the charge with my bank.
    I absolutely love what she does for the community. She’s seems to be a great person but there is definitely room for improvement.

  18. Ellec says:

    It’s so sad that people don’t understand how critiques and opinions work! This was a fair article based on your viewpoint, as with all reviews people and take what they want from it and leave the rest! I hate cult followings smh

  19. Karen says:

    I totally agree with everything you said, I tried her food twice because I said maybe it was a bad day the first time…..but the food was salty, the eggaroni and cheap cheese tasted tasteless….the chitterlings were not clean and people kill me when they say people are haters because they don’t like her food. Oh well 🤷🏾‍♀️

  20. Read all about it says:

    These comments are so dumb. The man is a food critic and only uneducated blacks people would say he is trying to tear down a black woman. He is critiquing the food not tearing anyone down. Why do blacks feel like everyone has to like it bc she’s black. The race card is so overused, it has no value anymore. Her food was good to me but he didn’t like it and is giving his opinion like he does other black businesses. These comments have to be from people under 25

  21. Ci says:

    Her food was good when I had it last summer, in fact I went back a couple of times. Most ppl that say it’s nasty never been or just be hating on her , for whatever reason. Either way this article isn’t going to stop her from losing business, in fact she will get even more now! – Signed another black sistah

    1. thehungryblackman says:

      The goal is NOT to stop anything. We as a people deserve to have standards, options, and opinions that are rooted in expert opinions that provides Black travelers with exceptional guides and destinations. We would love to come back.

  22. Lynette says:

    When being a food critic, you should go to the stand alone establishment. You went to a space where it’s not cooked & just heated up. Not say9ng this will change your rating but would you critique a pop up shop of a business the same as the full establishment?

    1. thehungryblackman says:

      The space is available to the public and the cuisine is what is being reviewed. We have been to amazing restaurant in non traditional spaces, like gas stations, grocery stores, and many others.

  23. Samantha says:

    Just because someone gives their opinion on something doesn’t mean they’re hating. Her food is undesirable to some. A lot of people that enjoy her food lack standards to the food they consume. It is what it is!!! I’m sure you’ve gone to a restaurant or been at an event where the food was less than what they expected, and you shared your opinion. Doesn’t make you a hater, you just like what you like. Someone saying her food was nasty doesn’t stop y’all from going, so what’s the real problem? She can do better. I’ve seen her make that macaroni and cheese and I can imagine it’s nasty just based on her use of 24 EGGS!!!! You like what you like but other people don’t have to. Relax lol.

  24. Pinkk says:

    In response to Lynette up there ^^^^the food IS cooked at that location. She only has that location (the market) and her truck. She no longer has her restaurant. And his review is spot on. I had her food a few times at the restaurant and from the market expecting it to get better and it did not.

  25. Katisha James says:

    I’ve heard about this place, and I would never spend my money there. It doesn’t even look appetizing. Thank you for confirming my intuition was correct.

  26. Sapheria says:

    My only thing is maybe go over if she offered any healthy options for healthier eaters? Alot of people are vegetarian or gluten-free eaters. Maybe include in the article if there are healthy options available at the establishments. This way healthy travelers won’t waste their time. Thank you

  27. Zane says:

    People are allowed to have their own opinions. Nobody is tearing her down, they are good critiques and doing a job. It’s stating it needs to improve and they will come back. They spoke on their experience at the market which may be true, everybody has a job to do and theirs is to write reviews on what they tasted. Chill out with being rude to critiques cuz they just doing their job. Can’t be mad honestly. He never spoke on her as an owner, just the food. (Somebody else might have cooked) RELAX, keep up the good work !!!!

  28. Mocha says:

    Gratitude for leaving an HONEST REVIEW & CRITIQUE of the food for this establishment. Just as you described your experience with the flavors and textures of this food, countless others have expressed the same exact sentiment. I NEVER had her food and DON’T plan on it either. The videos you described in addition to the reviews others have given is all the proof I need to stay away.

  29. LG says:

    Black people hate constructive criticism.

  30. Q says:

    Saud is actually the owner. Not an employee you should do your research before putting out false news.

    1. thehungryblackman says:

      There is a correction at the bottom of the article

  31. Stacey M says:

    Loved your review! I travel a lot and try to eat #soulfood everywhere. I’ve been to Country Cooking. Popular and tasty. When next in town…try the fried fish at the John A Watts Lodge on a Friday night. Fresh, big and delicious. Made to order. Open to the public.

  32. Aj says:

    I grew up with Southern cooking. We never make our candied sweet potatoes(yams are limited in this region) without butter and brown sugar, spices, and white sugar. Presentation is everything for me. My grandmother was an amazing cook with no fancy gadgets or recipes, she cooked by rote. Her food and homemade baked goods were always amazing and consistently delicious.

  33. You knew exactly the Owner was. You sent her a Direct Message on Instagram, didn’t you? You sound a little bitter. I have purchased Saudia’s food, at Fresh Grocer on Monument Rd, on several occasions and was pleased every time. If you eat plain yellow rice, it probably will taste bland. That’s what gravy is for. It’s a side, not a main option on the Menu. I hope this writing sends her sales through the roof!

    1. thehungryblackman says:

      Our staff sent a DM to the business to find out what time it opened. They have no idea who anyone is, just had a hard time finding opening and closing times for the location The writer does not send DM’s, he has a team. We hope her sales go through the roof as well. This was not to hurt her business, this was a critique that any owner who cares about their customers would look at possible improvement areas.

  34. Felicia says:

    Thank you for your review! It is extremely accurate her food is an insult to your taste buds. Hopefully, she will a take culinary class or five or get a real cook with experience.

  35. Shelly says:

    Next time you’re in Philly might I suggest you try My Blue Heaven the food is delicious and the service is excellent. Best soul food restaurant I’ve been to.

  36. Rean says:

    I myself cook Soul food i like the way you took your time to taste and give your opinion this lady the owner is very motivating but some cooks might have a bad day because we are human I’m thinking whom ever was in charge might not have paid attention to whomever was preparing that day that being said your taste buds didn’t agree with the hype and that’s ok I didn’t have a good experience too but I’d still Support because she keeps trying no matter what to feed the masses maybe one day you could have some one go on another day bring you a platter maybe it would be better because after this review I’d make sure everything is good the next time if I were the owner

  37. TerryS says:

    The article and critique is spot on and I’m no hater or in the Country Cookin Social Media Club. I pity the fool. My mother and wife cook 10 times better so eating at Country Cookin is not even an option for me. I also wouldn’t recommend Country Cookin to anyone because of the high salt and sugar content. Clearly her fans are either ignorant of what great fresh soul food taste like or they suffer from paralysis of analysis. Country cookin food should be served with a warning label and that’s putting it mildly.

  38. Cecil Garlington says:

    Why is no one showing their faces except the Hungary Black Man . I have method when patronize Black owned restaurants , I give them three trys. I base it on service, punctuality and food choices, and the food itself. You’re have three trys to win me over. After all I have given under deserving white restaurants many changes. And remember what one person dislikes another person love. By I’ve never eaten there, my diet does permit .

  39. Ralchael says:

    We all have our own opinions on any situation we may encounter and it’s just that..Our opinion…Trust the process. It’s not about tearing anyone down or even elevating them. Everyone isn’t able to do what this brother is doing. Like it or not at the end of the day we all are still going to make the moves that we find beneficial to our needs and desires. Trust your own process and keep it moving…Thank you my brother for what you and your team are doing and keep up the good work. The Naysayers are only doing their job which means you are being heard.

  40. Chris says:

    I Agree, when you know how to cook you don’t just go for anything ethnic you are hungry and know the difference between soul food cooked with love and when something is just thrown together. I’m not into cults! Learn how to cook soul food from the heart and you’ll know the difference

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