Nellie's Soulfood Oakland
What do you like at Jesso's?
Lots of Nellie's posts with lots of people liking it.
Not in the same class as Nellie's but probably as good as Art's ... for a hit of history too ... you might check Esther's Orbit Room next to the West Oakland Bart
There was also a recent good post about Dorsey's Locker
I haven't been in a while but I liked Nellie's. Good fried chicken, especially the dark meat (rare for me to prefer dark meat over white meat). The other main courses are good too (pork chops, etc...). Sides weren't always spot on, but the corn bread muffins were usually good. Friendly service. Ample parking. It was definately worth a try, but I haven't been to lately.
I love their Hush puppies! Fried okra! Fried fish of all types. It is a fried food bonanza. Oh yea, and the garlic crab in a bucket is great. Their servings are ridicuously huge, too.
Don't hesitate (unless you don't like fried food, cause that's basically all they have besides the crab), it's a very fun environment, big old booths, lots of families.