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Sam's Log Cabin on San Pablo breakfast Anybody been?

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sensi63 Aug 31, 2006 08:57 PM

How does it compare to Bette's or other breakfast spots in Berkeley/Albany?
Thanks

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    kc72 Aug 31, 2006 09:12 PM

    I went to the Log Csbin about a year ago and it's very good. Haven't been to Bette's, so I can't compare.

    Only other place I've been or like in the area is Sunnyside. Which other spots are you referring to?

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      sensi63 Aug 31, 2006 09:30 PM

      Ric and Ann's, fatapples, homemade cafe, royal cafe etc

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        kc72 Aug 31, 2006 09:38 PM

        ah.. have only been to R&A's for dinner. Don't care for FatApples too much. And every time I've been by Royal Cafe it never seemed to be open.

    2. Glencora Aug 31, 2006 09:19 PM

      I tried to go to the Log Cabin once but they only take cash. The homemade fish sticks are supposed to be good. I'll have to try it sometime when I have $

      1. coolbean98 Aug 31, 2006 09:39 PM

        It's okay. Cute little loggy place with traditional breakfast food. Not as innovative (or clean, at least in the patio) as Ric & Ann's or Bette's or even Jimmy Bean's, but it does the job.

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          Nina Aug 31, 2006 10:52 PM

          I like the cornmeal pancakes at Sam's a lot.

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            lintygmom Nov 9, 2006 03:05 AM

            The cornmeal pancakes are delicious. One or two times the bacon was made too many hours before breakfast--had that kind of cold congealed cardboardy look & feel.

          2. rworange Aug 31, 2006 11:27 PM

            On my personal list ... 13 out of 20.

            It was fine. I wasn't wowed by the fish sticks.

            Everything on my list thru McDonald's I would not hesitate to recommend or go back to.

            Giving a little thought to the local joints (in the area you defined ... Hidden City lies outside of those parameters ... this is my own rating. I didn't count places with limited breakfast only like just poached eggs... for example, Cafe Fanny or Gorilla.

            McDonald's does have one full breakfast and it is just in there for reference on how much I really dislike Jimmy Bean's. Solano Grill I don't have the same loathing for, but it was only ok and unlikely that I'd go back.

            Not sure if this helps you ... I like FatApples ... especially the Dutch Baby pancakes.

            Putting a list together like this ... brrr ... it's sort of cold-hearted. I like alot of these places ... just some more than others.

            1. Bette’s Oceanview Diner

            But I always just order the soufflé pancake so there you go

            2. Sunny Side Café
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/40840

            3. Kensington Bistro
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/46255

            4. 900 Grayson
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/46396

            5. FATAPPLE'S
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/37711

            6. Montero’s Café
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/42132

            7. Sconehenge Bakery & Café
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/40935

            8, T Rex
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/46231

            9. Inn Kensington
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/46240

            10. Jodie’s
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/40857

            11, Gilman Grill
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/46415

            12. Berkeley - Tomate Café
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/46415

            13. Sam's Log Cabin
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/40056

            14. Royal Café & Bakery
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/40683

            15, Nation’s
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/45289

            16, Meal Ticekt
            Can’t find the post. Just didn’t like it all that much

            17, Mcdonald’s

            18, Solano Grill
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/45787

            19, Jimmy Bean’s
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              sydthekyd Sep 3, 2006 05:53 PM

              rw The Gilman Grill link/post is wrong.

              1. re: sydthekyd
                rworange Sep 3, 2006 06:14 PM

                Thanks, thought I checked them all. Here's the correct Gilman link.

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              tracee Sep 3, 2006 04:08 AM

              We tried to go to Sam's once and had the cash issue. We love Sunnyside and Meal Ticket for breakfast. Going to Bette's can be nice if you go early enough to avoid the wait. Don't like Fat Apples at all. Have never understood why people stand in line for that place. Also not wild about Jimmy Beans.

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                lintygmom Nov 9, 2006 03:09 AM

                I so agree about FatApples. I live a short walk away and would LOVE to love it but the food is so uninspired (except perhaps for the Dutch babies but they wouldn't satisfy me for breakfast). The potatoes at breakfast are a real disappointment and all of dinner pretty much is. I had an inedible vegetarian lasagna--totally tasteless and the meatloaf was like from a bad diner circa 1955, liverish and underseasoned. The only place in the area I hate worse is Walker's pies. A friend and I had an inedible meal there. We paid and left it on the table.

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                ML8000 Sep 3, 2006 04:31 AM

                Not Berk/Albany but Oakland Grill is pretty good. Near Jack London Sq. off Broadway. Very good breakfasts and nice enough staff. It's not "diner stylized" as Bette's and doesn't serve the east coast specialities, but I've never had a bad meal there. A slight Cali-hippie bend to it in style: clean, wood, casual (it would fit in perfectly in Santa Cruz), but the food is straightfoward.

                http://www.themenupage.com/oaklandgri...

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                  mchan Sep 3, 2006 09:12 PM

                  Went to the Log Cabin once, and I thought it was just okay. Nothing to write home about in terms of food or atmosphere in my opinion. Another place that hasn't been mentioned is Chester's, which is hidden away in a little complex above Shattuck by Vine (around the corner from Peet's). They have an upstairs patio, and a large selection of egg dishes, if you're in the mood.

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                    sensi63 Sep 4, 2006 02:11 AM

                    Thanks all. After talking it over, decided on Bette's. As I worked all night, getting there early enough not to have to wait was not a problem. As always, it was excellent. The poached eggs were perfect, the potatoes tasty, the scrambled eggs delicious, the chicken apple sausages hot, the blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup really yummy. The coffee kept coming the service was excellent. Can't go wrong with breakfast there. Fishsticks just don't excite me in the same way...

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