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Editorial Review

Fried whiting ($10.95 with choice of two sides) is the most-requested entree at Flavors, a soul-food oasis and counter-service restaurant tucked on a side street near Baileys Crossroads. "It's all about dropping the fish in at the right temperature," says Francine Helton, who opened this spot with her sons, Troy and Richard, a decade ago. But it's the cooked-to-order, lightly coated, crisp fried chicken ($12.50 with choice of two sides) that is worth the 20-minute wait. (Regular customers know to call ahead.) The best side we tried was the gooey macaroni and cheese.

--Walter Nicholls (October 10, 2007)