First, y'all already know about Nellie's so forgive me for the umpteenth post on the subject...But as I sit here happily chomping on my cold fried chicken from yesterday's lunch (the true test for great fried chicken) I can't help but get all elated all over again.
This is smack-your-mama-upside-the-head good food! (Sorry, mommy!) The best fried chicken I have had in the Bay Area, hands down. Great peppery bite. And those greens! Those little corn muffins allowing for the perfect crunch-to-soft ratio, served warm with lots of cold butter! Those black eyed peas! Potatoes and gravy! Fried pork chops! Yams! Sweet tea so perfect! I'm in love.
Now don't get me wrong, at least a few of those sides are canned and/or frozen. But you know what? I DON'T CARE! It's the way I would expect it going to someones home for southern Sunday dinner. And yeah, I got 2 breasts and no thigh w/ my half chicken order. And one of those breasts was not as juicy as the other. I DON'T CARE! I haven't been this happy eating in a long, long time.
And the service! I swear this was better service than I have had at Danko's, Fifth Floor, and Mina's combined! My waitress was positively psychic! So sweet, generous, and warm! Now I don't know if they give you the second two pieces of chicken after you finish the first two because there isn't room on the plate or what. But it is a STROKE OF GENIUS because by the time you finish the first half, the second would be lukewarm to cold if served at the same time. Instead, just as you are polishing off the first bit of lusciousness, you get two new piping hot pieces. This is the Einstein of all service maneuvers ever!
And your fellow diners! So funny and warm. We had a clean plate challenge w/ our neighbors. The three linebacker-sized guys at the table next to us couldn't believe their eyes when they saw my friend P. finish her entire plate of food plus a piece of chicken (except the yams, too sweet for her Asian palate). This chick is tiny and even one of the guys couldn't finish all his food. They were very proud of her. I wimped and took a ton home, lucky for me today.
When we paid our waitress asked if we had read about them on the Internet. When I said yes, she said, "Yeah, when you ordered the fried chicken, I thought so." Everyone else was eating the daily specials of smothered chicken or oxtails. No room for sweet potato pie but you just know I will soon remedy that!
1155 3rd St. at Adeline, Oakland