Reporter Food: Fried Whiting at Elam Brothers

Reporter Food: Fried Whiting at Elam Brothers

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 21, 2018)

Pontiac, MI-Headed north the other day I was craving fish, so I decided to stop in the iconic soul food restaurant at 45258 Woodward Ave called Elam Brothers.

Elam’s is a tiny place with a small row of booths, but mainly serves up feasts for carry out.  Even walking in one can hear, and smell, the sizzling of the grease that is used for cooking up their popular fried fish, shrimp, and chicken lunches and dinners.

Whiting fish is an inexpensive alternative to cod, and Elam Brothers makes use of this fishes’ abundance by serving up large portions. The long skinny fish with skin on one side is coated in a delicious salty batter and fried so it is crispy on the outside and delicate in the middle.  It comes with thick cut french fries, also fried to perfection.

There are many soul food side items, like sweet potato pie, collard greens, black eyed peas, and beans and rice. I decided to try the candied yams and mac n’ cheese.  The pasta was in a thin cheese sauce which actually made it the perfect thing to dip the thick potatoes into.  It was a great combination.  The yams were full of flavor.

Elam Brothers doesn’t appear to have a website, but there is a page on Yelp if people want more reviews and to see the menu.

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