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Coast Cafe

Dax | Aug 16, 2004 09:28 AM

Stopped in Saturday with a friend for takeout. I chatted a bit with the two people working the register and cooking; they said they've been open since February '04. They do not have a smoker but are considering a gas-fired, bullet-fed upright. This place has a tiny counter that might seat 3 people on stools, otherwise it's strictly take-out.

The food is a combination of soul/comfort food, some Jamaican favorites, and regular American burgers, sandwiches, etc. My friend and I both opted for the fried chicken (white meat) and two sides, plus a corn muffin, for $8.25. I ordered mac 'n cheese and the collards flavored with smoked turkey. My friend ordered the same except green beans instead of the collards. I also got a small order of jag. While waiting, I noticed some empanada looking things, asked if they were empanadas and ordered one (also some great looking fried plantains, but I was pushing it on the empanada) upon his indication of yes. While empanadas generally have multiple fillings, there were more along the lines of a regular ground beef Jamaican meat patties. Pretty good with some hot sauce (of which they have many varieties along the wall) but nothing that blew my mind. They prepared the chicken to order; it took about 10-15 minutes to get the meal once ordered.

The food didn't suffer from a short 5-10 minute ride back to my friend's house.

First, the corn muffins were semi-sweet, but nice and crumbly and not quite as typical for the usual cake-like cornbread served in these parts. The collards were pretty good, although the strands of smoked turkey meat were a bit different than the pork infused flavoring to which I am accustomed. The mac 'n cheese was great, although somewhat heavy on the bread crumbs.

The chicken was better than usual for the Boston area. Two pieces of tender white meat chicken with some of the bone still attached - they weren't quarter pieces of chicken but still pretty good. The breading was done well. I just wish more places had an option for spicy-brined and spicy breaded fried chicken. Heck I wish we even had a Popeye's in town.

The jag was boring - a few tired chunks of smoked turkey in rice with a few lima beans. I am not too familiar with this dish but I doubt I'll order it again.

All in all, a good meal, not great. But they do provide some of the better southern comfort foods in the area. I'll return to try the smothered pork chops and some other dishes. $8+ is kind of expensive for fried chicken take-out but what else can I do except make my own.

Dax

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