My BFF and I were craving fried chicken recently and we actually planned ahead for it. We had been to a Southern food restaurant called Hibiscus awhile back, but not too long ago it reopened as Hibiscus Cafe. Hibiscus is located on San Pablo Ave in Uptown Oakland.
The Cafe reopened with a limited menu in the hopes of offering quick service. You order at a counter and bring your number to the table. Seems weird since you don’t actually pay for your food at the counter. Alcoholic beverages are available to purchase separately next door and you can bring it into the restaurant.
My BFF and I ordered the exact same meal. We got the fried chicken dinner plate. It comes with two pieces of fried chicken and two sides. We requested a drumstick and breast. Our sides were macaroni and cheese and the skillet cornbread.
It took about thirty minutes before our dinner came out which is a long time in my opinion. But when the food did arrive, it looked great. The fried chicken was crispy, juicy, and seasoned with herbs that put this on the top of my list for fried chicken. I really liked the fact that the breast was only half a breast. I think it probably helps to cook the chicken evenly. Usually the breast is such a large piece of meat that it’s hard to get through if you are eating more than one piece so I didn’t feel like it was skimpy.
The macaroni and cheese was creamy and delicious. The noodles were cooked perfectly and provided a balanced consistency. We were given about half a cup or so which might seem like a skimp, but it was the perfect amount for me.
We were each given two pieces of skillet corn bread. I loved it especially with the jalapeño flavor and the honey butter.
Overall our meal was awesome, but I can’t ignore the fact that Hibiscus offers the slowest service ever. If you are hungry or in a hurry, you will likely be disappointed. Luckily we were not in a hurry and drinks were keeping us occupied. Their hopes to offer quick service seems like a faraway dream.