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Take out fried chicken in or near Berkeley

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

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    1. 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. 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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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

        2. 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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          1. re: betterbeheaven

            +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.

          2. 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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            1. re: ernie in berkeley

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

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

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