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The Southern Cafe, Oakland

ourswimmer Jun 20, 2013 09:48 PM

This restaurant space on MacArthur between Fruitvale and the Altenheim is again a meat-and-three place. Same name as 5+ years ago, and according to my husband who spoke to the proprietor(s), same people. We had some fabulous fried chicken tonight, accompanied by very good collards, green beans, and black-eyed peas. The only minus is the "cornbread," which resembles yellow cupcakes more than it resembles proper Southern cornbread.

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    shanghaikid RE: ourswimmer Jun 20, 2013 10:52 PM

    just tried the fried chicken. the skin was crispy and flavorful.
    the meat itself was dry and flavorless.

    didn't try any sides.

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    1. re: shanghaikid
      ourswimmer RE: shanghaikid Jun 21, 2013 05:41 AM

      That is too bad. One of the reasons I thought my fried chicken was fabulous was that the meat was not at all dry even though the outside was crisp.

    2. Stephanie Wong RE: ourswimmer Jun 21, 2013 01:10 AM

      Is the service any faster than previously. When we were there before, wait times were glacial.

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      1. re: Stephanie Wong
        ourswimmer RE: Stephanie Wong Jun 21, 2013 05:38 AM

        I do not know. My only data point is that we ordered for take-out, about an hour before we wanted the food to be ready, and it was ready when they said it would be ready.

        1. re: ourswimmer
          Stephanie Wong RE: ourswimmer Jun 21, 2013 08:42 AM

          That may be the best strategy then. How far did you have to travel with it? How did the crispness hold up?

      2. Cindy RE: ourswimmer Jun 21, 2013 11:00 AM

        Do you know if they're open for lunch? The other issue (besides wait times) used to be that they would be closed during posted "open" hours.

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