Under the advisement of this board, after attending the Alameda Antique Fair (which is pretty cool btw), me and my companions (5 in total) went to Nellie's SoulFood.
COT DAMN!!! that was good.
Here's the rundown of what we ordered in total.
2 Fried Chicken Plates
1 Short Ribs
1 Baby Back Ribs
1 Turkey Wings w/dressing
with sides of
3 collard greens
2 mashed potatoes
3 mac n'cheeses
1 pinto beans
1 black eyed peas
that's a a a LOT of food. and it was good.
the consensus was the fried chicken. excellent. amazinginly moist, deliciously well seasoned, crispy outside skin. just saying it was seasoned with crack doesn't do justice to how tender and juicy the meat was. dark meat, white meat... it didn't matter.
the short ribs. braised. fall off the bone tender. sooo nice. covered in a sauce? gravy? w/e... tasty good.
turkey wings with dressing/stuffing with gravy. also very good. i remember the person who ordered it made a point ot finish this dish off because it was too good to be wasted as a left over.
baby back ribs. good, but not as good as the other three dishes. one of us mentioned it not being as good as "brothers" in the city. but the meat was still soft and nice. good bbq sauce. but compared to the chicken and short ribs... it was eh. if i had this somewhere else without tasting the chicken and short ribs first, it'd probably be very good.
collard greens. um, yeah... THE side of choice. the winner. tasty tasty tasty.
the 'loser'... i suppose its the mashed potatoes with gravy. it was 'just' mashed potatoes. nothing outstanding. something you could cook up at home sorta thing.
mac n' cheese was good. not great. personally i've made better (but i make this 50 dollar mac n' cheese). but definately good for a restaurant.
both the pinto beans and black eyed peas were good. worth a re-order.
yams a bit sweet. but still good.
corn was nice. surprisingly peppery.
lemonade. sweet. made with real lemons. a lot of sugar. but still lemon-y tart.
sweet tea. someone said it was like the lemonade if you sqeezed the lemon they provide into the tea. it was also very good.
so, halfway through the meal, i asked if we wanted to go to the 'antique fair' next month, while stuffing my face full of chicken. everyone kinda just nodded grinned and said, "sure."
so, everyone is addicted. thanks chowhound.