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Breakfast in Berkeley/Oakland for jaded palate

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Looking for basic breakfast fare well prepared--perfectly scrambled eggs, crispy edges on potatoes, tender waffles, scones with good crumb, Peets coffee or near equivalent etc. Saul's has good menu but uneven (at best) execution, Bette's is too long a wait, Rick & Ann's too precious, Westside has slipped--or perhaps I'm just getting too cranky in my old age. Also looking for places that serve breakfast all day, or at least well into the afternoon.

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  1. Meal Ticket
    La Note
    Venus
    Sam's Log Cabin

    Tried any of those?

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    1. re: Alexandra

      I like Meal Ticket for their pancakes with pears. It's been a long time since I've been to La Note but I remember them having lots of great sounding fancy pancakes.

      For a basic breakfast, Homestyle Cafe (Sacramento & Dwight) gets the job done for cheap with great waffles made with pecans inside and on top ($5 with pecans, $4.50 or so without) and yummy homefries ($2?).

      1. re: katya

        Er, HomeMADE Cafe.

        And those might have been HomeSTYLE POTATOES. I'm screwing up anything involving the word "home" today.

        1. re: katya
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          Caitlin McGrath

          And cinnamon swirl french toast...mmmm.

          1. re: katya

            Is that the place that has chili (veggie or meat)-cheese cornbread waffles? I couldn't remember the name but someone posted on them a while ago.

            1. re: kimchee

              I don't remember seeing that on the menu, but I could be wrong.

          2. re: katya

            Used to hit the Meal Ticket regularly Sunday at 8 AM. Loved that they always had some kind of fish on the breakfast menu. Great salmon omelette. Quirky crowd. Very neighborhood place.

            Well, guess I didn't support them well enough, cause the Ticket's been shut down for a while. Adios.

            BUT! I'm running to the Blue Bird Friday morning for that chicken fried steak 8^D

            1. re: Shep

              They were closed for vacation a while back but are back to "normal" business now.

        2. How about the Crepevine on College?(there's also one in the City) Big colourful chalk menu board with lots to pick from. Their Provence egg scrambler is quite yummy. I might be wrong, but I think there's a Peets down the street also.

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          1. re: peanuthead

            Not a Peets, but Peaberry's makes a good cup, as does Royal Coffee further up the street at 63rd and College.

          2. What is wrong with Rick & Anns? (I mean, besides the wait?)

            1. Suggestions: 1)Homemade Cafe (2454 Sacramento, Berkeley)(great Mexican eggs); 2) Inn Kensington (Arlington Blvd, just past Berkeley line); 3) Hidden City Cafe, Point Richmond (OK, it's a bit away from Berkeley...). I second La Note and Sam's Log Cabin. Meal Ticket had slipped last time I was there.....

              1. Suggestions: 1)Homemade Cafe (2454 Sacramento, Berkeley)(great Mexican eggs); 2) Inn Kensington (Arlington Blvd, just past Berkeley line); 3) Hidden City Cafe, Point Richmond (OK, it's a bit away from Berkeley...). I second La Note and Sam's Log Cabin. Meal Ticket had slipped last time I was there.....

                1. These are all great recommendations. Love Rick & Ann's and Saul's. Jimmy Beans (down on Gilman in Berkeley) does awesome breakfasts. JB's hash could rank similar to Saul's although lately Saul's hash has gotten grittier and isn't as light at JB's. Jimmy Bean's blueberry pancakes are a heavenly experience. Also their coffee drinks are exceptional; Mocha lovers take note.

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                  1. re: colibri1953

                    Hope the OP has eaten since 2004. Just a note that there was a report that Saul's had major staff changes as of May 2007 and there was a report that the quality of the safe dishes on the menu declined.

                  2. Gilman Grill at Fourth and Gilman is consistent and reliably good.

                    1. 900 Grayson if you are jaded. I only have had delicious b-fast food there.