102 E. 25th St., 443-708-1145, georgiasoulfood.com
We let out a collective sob when our favorite soul-food joint, M&J's on 25th, closed for good last year. Fortunately, we have a newcomer to fill the void and, boy, did they pick up the flag. Georgia Soul Food opened a few months ago and already they've got a healthy lunch crowd-and mashed potatoes to die for. But they need to add some barbecue to the menu and work on the cornbread (it's a little cakey) to reach that M&J worship status. We hope they join the Terra Café across the street as a staple on 25th, the blooming younger sibling of North Avenue. Welcome to the neighborhood, Georgia. Can we get that fried chicken recipe? Please?