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Jul 12, 2011 08:51 PM

Chicken Parmesan Oakland/East Bay

I'm looking for really good chicken parmesan - nice and crispy with lots of cheese. I prefer the Oakland/Berkeley area. Anyone have suggestions?

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  1. You might try Luca on San Pablo in Berkeley, but you'll probably want more cheese on it than the default. The sauce is excellent.

    Luca Cucina Italiana
    2057 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    1. Uncle Dougies Heros.

      Uncle Dougie's
      362 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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      1. re: wolfe

        Uncle Dougie's all the way. Eggplant parmesan is great too.

        Uncle Dougie's
        362 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

      2. Just went to the new Berkeley branch for lunch. My chicken parm was not crispy and didn't seem to have a lot of cheese, but overall it was quite the tasty sandwich. It appeared that I had an entire small half breast. The sauce had some zip to it and the bread stood up to the sauce but was not hard. In all the times I went to NYC, I never had a sub there. So not sure what to expect, but Uncle Dougie's was good enough that I will definitely go back. The amount of chicken made this sandwich a good deal.

        Also sampled the Italian meatloaf and the eggplant parm. I think I liked the Italian meatloaf best of all. Uncle said it was really meatball cooked as a loaf. I'll have that next time. I never eat eggplant parm, but I thought that the sauce overwhelmed it.

        Uncle Dougie's
        2328 Bowditch St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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        1. re: chocolatetartguy

          Don't say "sub" around Dougie, or do- his reaction could be entertaining...

            1. re: majordanby

              I'm bumping this question up because it was never answered and I have been completely flummoxed in my attempts to catch this place when it's open or even to understand the hours posted in the window, which seem to list two different closing times for every day of the week. Are they lunch only? Is that the deal?

              1. re: Constant Velocity

                Were you trying to go to the Berkeley location? From the Places link above, it appears that the Oakland location has closed, and Uncle Dougie's website isn't working. So maybe both shops have closed. Did you try calling?

                1. re: chompy

                  Somewhat hilariously, it had not even occurred to me to call. I just did, so I can answer my own question: 11-7.

                  I was so out of practice with using the phone that I forgot to ask which days this applied to. I thought I'd been there around 6:30 and found it closed. I'll try again.

                  1. re: Constant Velocity

                    I wouldn't be surprised if they closed early or took some days off when UC was on break.

                  2. re: Constant Velocity

                    For those that want to try the Uncle Dougie's chix parm hero and save some cash:
                    Those pictures would benefit from melted cheese :-
                    )Note: unlike other groupon-esque sites, the valid-til date tends to be less generous.

              2. I like the one at Pasta Pomodoro. I rarely order it myself, but I've tasty it and the cheese has always been very crisp (and lots of it....).

                1. very, extremely meh. almost flavorless meat sauce, teensy meatballs were nothing to write home about, bland minestrone, not enough goat cheese and beets in the beet salad (mostly arugula), piccata was super lemony but lacked salt. one of us ordered the chicken parmesan - she liked it, i thought it was awful. i'm amazed people call this place a gem. $100 for 4 of us, and you order at the counter. Caffe Venezia for sure next time.

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                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      Give Divino a try. Prices like Luca but the food's as good or better than Venezia (though neither does chicken parmigiana).


                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        we would have gone to Divino, i did see that thread, but my 83-year-old father doesn't think it's italian unless they serve spaghetti and meatballs, and that's what he was craving. so, another time when he's not dining with us.