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The Southern Cafe, Oakland

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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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  1. 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

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

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      1. re: Stephanie Wong

        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

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

      2. 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.