A tasty intro to my first chicken & waffles.
Fried chicken: Three crispy, juicy, greaseless pieces coated with seasoned flour (maybe some celery salt?) White & dark pieces are equally good.
Waffles: Two huge warm waffles
Eggs: Any style. Eggs can be scrambled soft or hard. Order soft. The hard are like a thin omelet that was scrambled after cooking. Does chicken and waffles always come with eggs? What’s the best way to order the eggs?
Syrup: So thick it seemed like honey. Ask to have it heated so it will spread better. It is served room temperature because some people prefer it that way … word according to the server.
So much food it came on two large dishes.
Iced Tea: Server said there was no sweet tea so I went with regular iced tea … which was sweet.
Pleasant casual room in tones of mustard and maroon with accents of black and green. Nicer than most soul food restaurants. Paintings by a local artist are available for sale. KBLX was playing at an agreeable level. Good place to relax on the weekend when other joints are jumping. No lines yet.
There are some window benches along one sunny window. Pretty green trees across the street make it an appealing nook
Service was very nice. Food is made to order. Timing was reasonable, but there were only three diners there.
The food is good but IMO they are still working out minor details. Chicken and waffles were flawless. The garnishes could have used more attention. Either lose them or up the eye-appeal.
It is the little things … using the website as an example. When it first went up the word ‘crab’ was unfortunately misspelled. The service and garnishes are like that. Just a little more attention to detail would make the place more polished and cut down on distractions from the starring food.
Bottles of Crystal and Trappey's hot sauce probably didn't contain one or both of those sauces. The color of Cyrstal was wrong and identical to the color of Trappey's. Take the lablels off if re-filling with a different sauce.
Soul food in the Bay Area isn’t usually inexpensive. I thought DeClancy’s was in line with other area soul food restaurants. Portions are large. Still, adjusting some of the prices by a dollar or two would probably go a long way. It is another minor distraction.
Caesar salad at Sea Salt with white anchovies is $9. At DeClancy’s it is $8 … it is no Sea Salt. It is a casual place that uses ordinary ingredients to produce tasty food. Some of the prices should reflect that. Fried chicken wings $8 Fine. Fried okra $7. No.
I enjoy DeClancy’s. When I’m in the area I’ll definitely stop by and try a few more dishes like the catfish croquettes, smokehouse prime rib and many of the sides.
DeClancy's Welcome Table
2000 Park Blvd
Oakland, CA 94606
Hours: (new-ish place. Call to check)
Tues-Thurs: 8am – 2pm & 5pm- 10 pm
Fri-Sat: 8am – 2pm & 5pm- 11 pm
Sun: 8am – 6pm