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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.

  1. Cindy 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.

    1. Stephanie Wong 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 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 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?

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        shanghaikid 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 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.

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