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Coast Cafe - another review


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Coast Cafe - another review

jacinthe | Apr 12, 2005 10:52 PM

“Do we have any place with fried chicken that’s on the list?”
“Hm, no, but there’s this place I was reading about on Chowhound that’s around the corner from my apartment..”

And thus, a trip to Coast Cafe was made, in large part to the ravings on this board (and in smaller part because I'm always driving by it and have wanted to check it out for ages). We drove there – ending up finding a parking place that really was like two blocks from my apartment – and could smell the fried chicken a block away. Oh, yum, were we excited. It was all we could do to keep from ordering everything on the menu.

We ended up with two fried chicken dinners – dark meat please! – each of which came with two sides and either a roll or a piece of cornbread. As we are good sharers (and mercifully have very similar tastes – in other words, we eat everything), my friend and I ordered the collard greens, mac n’ cheese, black-eyed peas, and plantains. We talked to the cook for a bit, my friend saying she read somewhere that fried chicken actually isn’t as bad for you as it seems, as due to the puffing up the oil goes somewhere aside from soaking into the meat, and the cook replied that he used this light batter that also helped out.

It was all we could do to not devour the chicken on the way home. The car smelled amazing. Quickly we plated everything, and were in absolute heaven. The dark meat fried chicken were boneless thighs that had been pounded out a little so that they were flatter. They were indeed light, and not greasy, and everything fried chicken should be, with just enough spice to be interesting yet not too much to overwhelm. Of all the sides, my favourites were the mac n’ cheese (but that might also be because I just adore mac n’ cheese) and the plaintains.

Of course we got dessert. When do we not? We asked for an order of the sweet potato pie, and were going to be content with one dessert. Then another customer came in and ordered the vanilla cake with almond frosting, and we decided that we just *had to get that as well, so we did. Oof. Both were great – yes, the almond frosting was a touch too almondy, but it balanced out the cake nicely. Stuffed, I could only manage a couple of bites of both, and regretfully sent the remainder of the dessert home with my friend – I’d have loved to have horded some for myself, but I’m leaving for New Orleans on Thursday (ahhh, the meals we have planned there..) and there’s no way that I’d eat them before leaving.

Driving my friend home, my car still smelled like fried chicken, even though it had only been in there for 5 minutes.

“If we get it as take-out, it doesn’t count as being on the list and we can return, right?”
“Oh, definitely.”

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