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Lois the Pie Queen

patrick | Jun 8, 2002 04:46 PM

On our way from our community garden plot to Berkeley Bowl, Holly and I stopped at Lois the Pie Queen in search of lunch. We'd heard about this venerable Oakland institution, and suddenly there it was in front of us, on our "new" route up Adeline. So we decided to give it a try.

They have a pleasant atmosphere with brightly painted walls and a small, intimate feel. The menu is diner standards with a little (not much) of a soul-food twist; ie among the breakfast offerings are Fried Chicken with Eggs and Salmon Croquettes with Eggs.

Holly got a cheeseburger + fries, and I ordered the fried chicken + egg breakfast. Not much to say about the food. It was standard SYSCO fare that was assembled and cooked with all the panache of an institutional cafeteria. The fried chicken, and maybe the grits, were homemade (and the fried chicken was really good), but everything else was canned/dried/frozen, and it showed. Also it was pricey -- our lunch for two, with a coke and an iced tea, came to 20 bucks before tip.

I still want to give it a try for a weekend breakfast; the energy in the room is really nice and i would like to try their hash browns. But I was surprised at how disappointing the food was. I'm interested to hear what experiences others have had here; I searched the board and couldn't find any mention of it.

Thanks,

Patrick

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