Cheap lunch: This uptown church serves some of the city’s best mac and cheese

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Grabbing lunch at the United House of Prayer was probably one of the more Southern things I’ve ever done. You get fried chicken, in a church, with some of the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had.

The location is great. It’s on Mint St. not far from E. Morehead St., which is perfect for uptown workers who want to walk a bit on a nice day.

I went with my father-in-law twice and we never had to wait more than five minutes to get served and seated, despite the crowds enjoying the food. The crowd was a great mix of uptown lawyer types and construction workers who were still carrying their hard hats.

On my first lunchtime visit, I ordered the macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, peas, and corn bread. The peas weren’t very good, but then again, it may have just been in comparison to the items. Also, I didn’t go to UHOP for the peas. That would have been odd.

FullSizeRenderThe macaroni and cheese is amazing, second only to my mother-in-law’s. There was a delicious piece at the top where cheese is baked in every nook and cranny. And, most importantly, the pasta had been done just right. It’s easy to over-cook the pasta before putting it in the oven, which makes it come out mushy, but that was never the case at UHOP. I tried the macaroni and cheese both times I went there, you know, to make sure it was consistent. It was.

IMG_7784During my second visit, the fried chicken lived up to the first time. It was crispy, juicy, and awesome. Instead of peas, I went with the sweet potatoes and they were amazing. I’m sad to admit that I didn’t finish my plate the second time around, but that’s only because the portions were so big.

IMG_7787Delicious food, generous portions – and the service was even better. The total price for each of my my lunches was $8, without tax and tip.

Photos: Clayton Hanson

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