Best Bets: Greens

B.J. Chester Tamayo (cq) of Alcenia’s at 317 North Main offers her turnip greens and hot water cornbread.

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B.J. Chester Tamayo (cq) of Alcenia’s at 317 North Main offers her turnip greens and hot water cornbread.

It can be mustard or turnip greens, collards or even kale. I guess I'm partial to collards but if they're cooked right, a mess of just about any greens will do. Give me some cornbread and a bottle of hot vinegar sauce, and please, don't make the greens too smoky. Here's where we like to get our fix when we want greens:

Cafe Napoleon's (86 N. Main; 524-1848) didn't get a recommendation on the blog, but I've got to share this gem with you anyway. They're my favorite greens in town: Big sheets of collards, spiced up and served done but not mushy. Every time I've eaten there, it's been collards, but the menu only says "greens," so call ahead.

Little Tea Shop (69 Monroe; 525-6000) is a favorite for greens and home cooking in general. "You get a hug from Suhair to boot," Carole H. writes. RB seconds the recommendation.

Alcenia's (317 N. Main; 523-0200) hits the spot, too. "The absolutely best greens I've ever had were made by Ella Kizzie at the Center for Southern Folklore (119 S Main St # 106; 525-3655). Of course, since she's not cooking every day, I have to give my vote to Alcenia's Downtown," Mama Squirrel says.

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q (2359 N Germantown Pkwy.; 388-0998) comes in strong. "They actually season their greens with meat, which is hard to find these days (thanks to the darn vegetarians). If the greens don't have meat (preferably ham hock), then I don't want them," Todd says. Randal likes 'em, too.

-- Jennifer Biggs: 529-5223

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