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Louisiana Fried Chicken in Oakland

oakjoan | May 6, 200511:56 PM

Finally got around to trying that new chicken place on Broadway just before Grand. Whenever I drive home that way, the place looks crowded.

The place was crowded again this evening when I stopped by.

They have various combos and sides (ala Boston Market yuck yuck ptooooey) such as mac and cheese, greens, yams, cole slaw and can't remember what else. They also have what they call "hot water corn bread".

Bought chicken wings, thighs and legs. I was a little worried when I saw the chicken - it looked really thickly covered in batter and very dark brown (as if overcooked). But the folks in line and at the tables seemed happy enough, so I went ahead.

Well, I wouldn't bother with this place. The greens were almost inedible, with a tinny taste. The mac and cheese was almost tasteless with very little visible cheese.

The cornbread was truly awful. It was a sort of oblong thing about 1/3 inch thick. It was gummy and bland. The dinner rolls (complimentary) were terrible - looked like they were purchased by the case at some day-old place. I didn't taste them (I have SOME brains).

The yams were very good, too sweet, but very good. The chicken was not terrible but not something I'd seek out. I like Merritt Restaurant's better (If you're going to go the clogged artery route, it's a better bang for your cholesterol buck).

My husband gasped that the first piece of chicken he bit into was searingly spicy. Mine was not spicy at all. The chicken wasn't overcooked, but it had no real taste so there was no reason to eat it. We left a lot uneaten.

It was pretty cheap. Less than $20 for 8 pieces of chicken, 3 sides and the cornbread. Merritt Restaurant is about the same price.

I was verrry disappointed, thinking as I did that we had a new take-out option for those too wiped out to cook nights. I guess it's back to the Afghan place at Emeryville Public Market for us.

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