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La. Fried Chicken, Lake Park branch(a ramble)

moto | Apr 11, 200609:24 PM

evenin', hounds. Dr. Biggles (board certified carne-ologist?) apparently approves of the El Cerrito version of this mini-chain, and strolling with sista skavinja I decided to give my local a try. The other places for chicken in the mainstream Amercian style in the immediate surrounds are a Safeway (frequent specials, 8 pc. for $5.), a KFC, and longtime resident Kwikway, the last two places within a 1/2 block of Lousiana FC, just east of the large theatre marquee presently quoting Sinclair Lewis,"When fascism comes to America.."

That little strip also features a Thai place, Szechuan take-out, the Serenader lounge, a neighborhood center, bank, post office, and pizza joint. The block's backside has Holy Land Israeli/kosher food. La.FC is the latest attempt at viability in a little storefront that had two bbq incarnations in recent years. It still almost fits Prof. Salt's description of "bulletproof bbq."

I'm partial to gumbo, and thought it would be a gauge of non-deep fried acumen in the kitchen. A pint was $7, and though it had a nice spiciness and flavor in the broth, I can't recommend it at that price. Contents, three shrimp, reasonably sweet and not overcooked, a few slices of sausage, one chicken wing section, two small pieces of Dungeness, and rice of unknown provenance (I eat many varieties, and this was unfamiliar,stiff, and flavorless, so I suspect it was processed). 'T'would be good with more crab and chicken, or at a lower price. On to the chicken, ordered 3 pc. dark with fries, $5. The cashier explained that the specials on the big window banners (eg., 5 pc. special w. side $3.99)was for small pieces, and I couldn't say if it's "bait'n'switch." After inspecting and tasting the food, I didn't mind. Everything had been prepared to order, fresh and hot. Nice pile of standard, frozen processed, medium cut long fries, cooked to proper crispness, not oversalted. Two large thighs and a leg, moist and flavorful, light crisp breading. One small condiment cup each of hot sauce and ranch dressing--actually palatable--costco's?). The bird surpasses Safeway's (wouldn't trust my gullet to the mercies of KFC or Kwikway), and La.FC is now my local source of choice. cheers

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