Expect hearty portions at family-run M & J's


June 19, 2008|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,Special to the Sun

Behind the counter of M & J's Soul Food, Janelle Robinson is working at a big wooden table, cutting up fruit. She calls out friendly greetings to customers as they walk in, laughing and chatting with a few. To everyone, she is known as Big Momma Robinson, the one who cooks all the ribs, fries all the fish and candies all the yams.

"The key thing to the restaurant and the food is the love that goes into it," she says. And she gives plenty. For 17 years, Robinson was a cook at Leon's Pig Pen. Now, she's working with her nephews, brothers Milton and Joseph Blackston, who opened the Charles Village restaurant in February.

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