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Reggie Jackson Special at Lois the Pie Queen (Oakland)


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Reggie Jackson Special at Lois the Pie Queen (Oakland)

Melanie Wong | Aug 21, 2006 11:11 PM

Today I had breakfast for lunch at David Boyk's send-off meal as he leaves us for a week with his parents, then off to Lucknow. We met at Lois the Pie Queen, on the corner of 60th and Adeline.

Image of Lois the Pie Queen signage (though actually a breakfast and lunch place)

Though I was surrounded by hungry-eyed, 20-something males, I managed to put in the biggest order, the Reggie Jackson Special, $12.75.

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This has two pork chops, two eggs, choice of rice, grits or hash browns, and choice of biscuits, etc. The waitress said the grits are slow-cooked not instant, so I picked that over the good-looking hash browns and had my chops smothered. She sheepishly returned to our table saying, "don't kill me, but we're out of biscuits." Major melt-down all-round as this is supposed to be the best thing about breakfast here, but we went with the corn muffin instead.

These were really good pork chops, a 1/2" thick, even though not pedigreed. Lightly floured and pan-fried, they were juicy and tender. The gravy tasted canned, but mixed with the grits, a bit of the over-easy eggs, and a splash of Crystal hot sauce, each mouthful was very satisfying.

We shared a piece of lemon icebox pie, the signature here. Frozen hard like an ice cream cake, the tangy lemon filling in a graham cracker crust was lightly sweetened and old-fashioned tasting. Could have done without the canned whipped cream, but I'd certainly order this again.

Image of Lemon Icebox Pie -

Amalia's old rec for the pork chop breakfast -

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