If you’ve ever lived in a community where there use to not be much around, but is growing rapidly, you know it can be hard pressed to find good dine-in food. Drive-thru restaurants seem to pop up with no problem so when you see a sign go up in your neighborhood, Charlie Mae’s Soul Food, Now Open the radar immediately goes up. Being in a thriving community with houses going up everywhere, businesses are doing their best to keep up with the demand of the people simply wanting good food. We went to Charlie Mae’s to see if it was going to survive in the area, by our standards.
When we arrived, we waited about 5 minutes to be seated. The restaurant is small, seating about 25-30 people. We were surprised to find they had a full menu, that can be found here https://charliemaesoulfood.com/.
Edward and I share most of our meals, at new places especially, because you never know if it’s going to be worth it or not. Better to sacrifice one plate than two. We ordered the 3 pc. fried chicken meal, that came with two sides and corn bread. For all my sweet corn bread loving folks out there, the corn bread is sweet ya’ll. We chose macaroni & cheese and collard greens as sides. We waited about 20 minutes for our food, and that could have been slightly shorter, if they didn’t pack our meal to go because they thought our order was a pick-up order. However, they quickly corrected the problem and brought our meal to the table.
The chicken was fried nice and crispy and seasoned well. The macaroni and cheese were good but could have been cheesier because I like cheese. I don’t eat greens, but Edward said they were flavorful. I did taste them, because Edward makes them look so good with hot sauce and corn bread. I could eat them, but I prefer not to. We attempted to get peach cobbler, but they were sold out.
We always live by this when reading reviews about any place, take the review as a starting point and go from there. Yes, Charlie Mae’s Soul Food is worth a visit! You will not be disappointed if you get the fried chicken. Let me know if you visit, what you ordered and what you thought.
6115 S. 51st Avenue, #204
Laveen, AZ 85339
Call for hours: 602-675-0865