Got take-out from Coast Cafe with the girlfriend this weekend - a couple of small tables, but really is a take-out joint.
Got two dinner plates to split - each came with two sides and a bread - We chose:
1) fried chicken (one white, one dark) with sides of mac & cheese and collards cooked with turkey bacon I think.
2) Fried catfish with homemade tartar sauce, sides of sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas.
The sum total of the review is: "mmmmm..." All conversation died immediately once eating commenced.
We sampled from both plates, and she really fancied the fried chicken and really digged the mac and cheese...she was in heaven. The chicken was excellent - not greasy at all - flavorful - cooked just right. We both gave a thumbs up to the collards. Nothing in this plate survived to make leftovers.
The catfish was great - it was a thick filet that had a nice crust and good catfish-y flavor - the tartar sauce not too tart and had the look of homemade mayo - a good counterpoint. I also thought that the black-eyed peas were superb - much more inately tasty than their cousins, the Boston baked bean. The sweet potatoes were stewed and were sticky and sweet - almost like a dessert.
A small corn bread muffin and dinner roll were unremarkable.
Each entree was in the $8-9 range, which I thought was very fair.
IMHO, the entrees were good, but the sides were the real stars...
It's on River Street in Cambridge (that's the street which runs into Central) - on the right - about halfway between the river and Central Square.