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Hard Knox Cafe, Potrero Hill

anli | Dec 2, 200503:56 PM

This is a neighborhood spot that fills up fast at lunchtime. We initially weren't able to find a parking spot nearby, so I went in to order takeout at noon. Then 10 minutes later my husband showed up, so we asked to eat at the counter. The owner, Tony, was very nice about it. Almost everyone who came in seemed to be a regular. The special of the day was shrimp creole: a large mound of rice in the center, ringed by shrimp in a dark sauce, topped with a couple of fried shrimp. It looked great, but I didn't know to ask for the daily special and had already ordered the fried chicken and the oxtails. The chicken was excellent, 3 large pieces perfectly fried and not greasy tasting, with 2 corn muffins and 2 sides (green beans and mashed potatoes, both of which were forgettable). The oxtails were tender and smothered in gravy, but lacked flavor. If you have a hankering for fried chicken, this is a good place for it. I overheard Tony say to another customer that his favorite on the menu is the blackened catfish, maybe that is decent. Prices are very reasonable, the chicken with sides is only $8.

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