Restaurants & Bars 17

El Cerrito - Louisiana Fried Chicken

rworange | Mar 27, 2006 12:47 PM

Perhaps this is a good time to post about my forays into Louisiana Fried Chicken.

The coating is a little thick and salty but has a nice spicy burn. My favorite piece of chicken is the breast which was juicy almost like it was full of delicious chicken broth.

I thought the dark meat was a little undercooked for my tastes, however it keeps it juicy but a little chewy. The wing just had too much breading. Pieces are large.

I thought the cole slaw was the best side, crispy with a slight touch of sweetness.

Greens – strong bacon fat taste with cinnamon and clove. Not over or under cooked. Good texture for cooked greens. Slightly bitter in a good way.

Yams – very sweet and swimming in butter with a cinnamon/clove taste Sides are are well oiled, so to speak.

I didn't head Dr. Biggles warning and ordered the mac and cheese at the end of one day so it was a little dry. Order early in the day for the creamier version.

Hotwater cornbread – hockypuck shape and heft, chewy and dense and slightly sweet. Like it was fried in a pan with a crisp exterior like a potato pancake or a knish. It grew on me and if hungry, this will keep you feeling filled for a long, long, long time.

Roll- standard white dinner roll but nice and yeasty. Much better than other Fried chicken joints. A little texture, not the airy fluff fromm the supermarket. The cornbread was good, but my choice is the roll.

Haven’t tried the dirty rice, fries, desserts or fried fish. Prices seemed on the high side for take-out chicken, but IMO, worth a stop at least once to see if it satisfies your fried chicken cravings. A little different from the rest of the take-out joints.

There's a certain Nellie's vibe to the service. Set up for take-out, but there are a few fast-food type tables if needing a fried chicken break while shopping at El Cerrito Plaza (near Albertson's). Order at counter and pick up order when your number is called.


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