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Data Points on Emma's Cajun Fish and Chicken

ericf | Jul 13, 2003 01:00 AM

So, inspired by a recent mention of Emma's Cajun by either Stanley Stephan or SLRossi (Can't remember, too lazy to check) I went to Emma's a couple of times this week.

I remember posting a query about it in response to one of the fried chicken posts some time back, but hadn't heard anything about it.

In case you're not familiar with it, Emma's is on Market street in West Oakland, on the block behind the Flint's over there.

I went first for fried chicken at lunch. It's pretty busy, a carry-out only operation set up like a meat market, but with a bank of deep-fryers in the back. They've got chicken, prawns and oysters, and 9(!) kinds of fish on the menu. Orders are about 7.25,10, and 9.60 for chicken, prawns and oysters, and fish, respectively. There are also sandwich orders, which presumably are smaller orders, a la bbq places. Also, there is a 10 piece fish at 15 something, and 20 pieces at 24 or so.

I ordered the chicken first, as I was in the mood, but it was merely ok. Lightly dredged in seasoned flour, I thought it needed more salt. They may use the same dredge as for the fish, but I think chicken needs more salt, due to its larger and more irregular shape. An order is 5 pieces, a generous deal. The available sides are fries, coleslaw, potato salad, and one other salad which I don't currently recall. I chose the coleslaw, and was offered a choice of regular or spicy. I chose spicy, it was a creamy version with a thick dressing. I like creamy coleslaw, but this was a bit too creamy for me, I'd prefer if it was two or three times as much cabbage for the amount of dressing, which was intriguingly spicy and otherwise good. I got two containers, but one tasted off, and I threw it out.

I was inclined to write the place off after this, but the fact that they had 9 kinds of fish nagged at me, so I went back and got an order of snapper, which was fairly substantial. I didn't count the pieces. When I ordered I was given the choice of regular or spicy. I chose spicy, and found it to be quite good, another seasoned flour mix. However, I liked the fish I got at Oakland's Texas original bbq on 14th St., better. That was a seasoned cornmeal dredge, slightly smaller portion for about 7.50 an order.

I got the potato salad that time. I think it was called "Creole" potato salad- at least there was a tent on the counter touting such, but it was in fact slightly more seasoned than average, but otherwise ordinary.

So there it is. Hardly definitive, but FYI.


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