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Take out fried chicken in or near Berkeley

Glencora Oct 15, 2010 10:34 AM

I suspect this is hopeless, but I'll ask anyway: my son wants fried chicken for his birthday picnic tomorrow (Saturday). He'd be fine with Popeye's but I'm rather embarrassed to serve that to my in-laws. Are there any good takeaway spots in Berkeley? I could venture into Oakland or El Cerrito, but it needs to be available noonish. I did get it from T-Rex once, but I think they only make it on Tuesday -- and it's too expensive anyhow. There will be 7 of us, but most of us will be eating salad and leek tart as well as the chicken, so I don't need a huge amount.

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    lmnopm Oct 15, 2010 10:40 AM

    Just a thought - for 7, maybe Jodie's can make some for you with a day's notice

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      Glencora Oct 15, 2010 10:41 AM

      Good idea. Nearby, too. Thanks

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      abstractpoet Oct 15, 2010 11:05 AM

      If you're willing to go to Oakland, you can try Merritt Bakery. It isn't TOO expensive if you only get chicken (and the sides are inedible anyway). The chicken is not amazing, but solid. Better than T-Rex.

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      Merritt Bakery
      203 E 18th St, Oakland, CA 94606

      1. Robert Lauriston Oct 15, 2010 11:16 AM

        Scend's has gotten great reviews here recently.

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        Scend's Restaurant
        3627 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608

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          wolfe Oct 15, 2010 11:23 AM

          I believe wings only, at least that's what I was told at the counter.

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          betterbeheaven Oct 15, 2010 11:37 AM

          Summer Kitchen Bakeshop in Elmwood is designed to be a takeaway spot, actually (even though it seems most people just eating there anyway). They have fried chicken at $12.50/lb.

          http://www.summerkitchenbakeshop.com/...

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            sandunga_rbb Oct 15, 2010 02:49 PM

            +1 for Summer Kitchen. Out of this world, ultra-juicy. Caveat is that we only tried it once, and it was fresh from the fryer, piping hot.

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            ernie in berkeley Oct 15, 2010 01:36 PM

            Magnani has decent chicken, but you should order in advance with a specific pick-up time because they mostly sell it from a heatlamp case.

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              Robert Lauriston Oct 15, 2010 01:42 PM

              Mangani has fried chicken? I've only seen roast.

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                lmnopm Oct 15, 2010 01:51 PM

                Yup, fried. I've had it and it isn't bad (but depends on how long it has been sitting).

            2. JasmineG Oct 15, 2010 02:07 PM

              I've never been, but Dorsey's Locker in Oakland has gotten some good reviews for fried chicken.

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              Dorsey's Locker
              5817 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

              1. Glencora Oct 16, 2010 03:30 PM

                Picnic got a thumbs down (stupid weather), so I roasted a chicken instead. Now, I'm craving fried. I'll try Summer Kitchen soon. Magnani's always looks dried out, but getting it fresh might be okay. I also want to investigate Jodie's prices for future reference.

                1. nicedragonboy Oct 17, 2010 10:55 AM

                  You should definitely try Scend's fried chicken wings. They are excellent.

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