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

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.

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Photos: Clayton Hanson

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