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Three weeks ago I ordered take-out from Miss Ollie's for when I would be passing through Oakland. Easy enough online via the Clover system that even included the day's special, jerk chicken:
1⁄4 Jerk Hen Special $17.00
Cow Heel Soup $12.00
Caribbean beef patty $5.25
But in transit and about 30 minutes before my scheduled arrival, I realized that I had forgotten to order fried chicken. No way was I missing out on the famous fried chicken! A phone call took care of that, placing a second order for two thigh pieces, $4 each, to be paid on pick-up. Miss Ollie's has a window pass-through for prepaid orders. However, I needed to step inside to pay for my second order.
Though the jerk hen was tasty with well-tuned spicing and grilled accents, the texture was on the dry side. Liked the accompanying coconut rice and peas, pikliz (Haitian pickled carrots and cabbage with Scotch bonnet chiles) and salad though. The fried chicken was definitely the star of this order, such plump and juicy herb-scented dark meaty thighs with crunchy and flaky batter and the perfect amount of finishing salt.
The next day I shared the beef patty with a friend. I was a little sorry that I split it, as we agreed it was the finest Caribbean/Jamaican beef patty either of us had tried with well-spiced ground beef and finely layered pastry crust. And the cow heel soup was beef jello after chilling overnight in the fridge. Rich with gelatin and studded with peas and pumpkin, the stock made my lips stick together.
On December 17, both Eater and SF Chronicle covered Chef Sarah Kirnon's plan to transition out of Miss Ollie's to create a nonprofit called Sanctuary to feature black creators. Miss Ollie's will likely be closing at year-end. So get your last chance fried chicken orders in when it opens for business on Wednesday.
Miss Ollie's has been one of Oakland's most loved restaurants and was instrumental in bringing night life back to this corner of the city. All the best to Chef and her staff in their next incarnation.
901 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607
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