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Lois The Pie Queen Emeryville
#10Restaurants in EmeryvilleAn Oakland Institution
Much beloved, this North Oakland neighborhood resto has served up soul food for years and years. We love to patronize it because it is indeed an institution. In this era we bought take out dinners and the side dishes were all terrific, and all traditional….Sadly our ham steaks had no flavor. So not a lot of stars, sorry.More
Lois the Pie Queen took me back to my mom’s cooking. A home cooked meal with outstanding service. Freshly backed big biscuits, light, fluffy omelet filled with everything delicious…great coffee. I had just moved to the neighborhood and my roommate begged me to try it…and when the meal was over, I could not express my total joy. Thank you to Lois the Pie Queen.More
My husband & I had breakfast…he had the pecan waffle and I had the chicken & waffle. The pecan waffle was good…very cinnamony, but a little skimpy on the pecans. The fried chicken was delish…very crunchy and flavorful. You get two pieces with the waffle….We also shared a slice of banana cream pie. Very good…with chunks of banana and a very flaky crust. Deducting a star for somewhat slow/inaccurate service. We had ordered a biscuit as well, which never came. It also took awhile for us to get our bill.More
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Lois the Pie Queen
Last month, my tour of black-owned eateries included a quick stop at Lois the Pie Queen in North Oakland. Hmm, looks like my first and only visit to this 50+ year-old diner was in 2006.
Though I’d been away for 14 years, I’ve always remembered and knew to order the signature Lemon ice box pie. And luckily, I followed the counter gal’s suggestion for the popular Key lime pie. Both are $6.75 per slice. I brought a lunch box cooler and a couple ice packs to keep them cold for transport.
The frozen lemon pie lived up to my memory. Tart and intensely lemon-y with a snappy crust, the icy filling melts away on the tongue to a light whisper. Even better, I loved the Key lime pie, a velvety almost custard-like version. With a thicker, crunchier graham cracker crust and not too sweet filling, this was a nice change of pace from the classic no-bake Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk versions that abound.
What else do folks recommend here? The eatery has a new website and has embraced instagram and delivery apps, though prefers call-in orders for pick up and cash payment.
Lois the Pie Queen
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Dining / Lois The Pie Queen Serves A Slice Of Nostalgia In Oakland
The name — Lois the Pie Queen — the ’60s decor and menu entries named after ballplayers, such as Reggie’s might all seem a bit hokey, an attempt by some clever thirtysomethings to cash in on the nostalgia wave that’s been washing over the country.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Lois’ is the genuine article, founded 51 years ago by Lois Davis, a fine Louisiana cook, whom her admiring husband affectionately called “the pie queen.”
Today’s restaurant, fittingly located on a pie-shaped corner in North Oakland, is not the original Lois’. That one was on Sacramento Street in Berkeley. The “new” Lois’, presided over by the late Lois Davis’ son, Chris, an educator-turned-restaurateur, has only been in this location for 29 years.
Except for the inescapable rise in prices, not much has changed. Not the homey friendliness. There is frequent chatter between tables as a mix of neighborhood customers and other regulars — including the occasional pro athlete — exchange greetings or opinions about the sports action on the TV mounted on a wall behind the counter. Nor has Lois’ straightforward style of Southern cooking been watered down.
This is a from-scratch kitchen with no pretenses. The biggest draw is breakfast, although Sunday dinner, served midday, also usually sees most of the 65 seats occupied. In fact, you may end up literally rubbing elbows with other diners , and the noise level can go pretty high.
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