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ISO Hash Browns in Oakland

My son loves hash browns and our adventure on Saturday reminded us how hard they are to come by. I miss Dave's Coffee Shop and the other place down on Broadway that has long since closed. We don't want to go to Denny's or IHOP but it would be great if they also had pancakes too. Any recommendations. We'ver ruled out anything in Montclair and Full House on MacArthur as not being hash brown friendly.

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  1. 900 Grayson highly recommended hash browns. Here is a picture of breakfast at Grayson.

    900 Grayson
    900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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    1. re: wolfe

      Boy those hash browns look beautiful. I was hoping for a place that was a little more divey and close to home. I'm not a fan of waiting in line for breakfast or brunch and especially not with two kids. Love the blog too.

      1. re: Cheesy Oysters

        If you get there on the early side, there's no wait, but yeah, it's not quite divey. Rico's sounds promising, though, I've never been there, but may now!

    2. The only hash browns that I've had are at 900 Grayson in Berkeley, and they're good. I think that they have pancakes on the extras menu (down at the bottom), and they definitely have waffles.

      1. I'd say, if you don't want to wait in line, try Rico's in Oakland. I haven't made it there for breakfast, but at least one report thought the hash browns had potential even though they weren't there yet;


        and I have loved, loved, loved my lunches there. You are very unlikely to have a wait, and it would be kid friendly.

        If you do try their hash browns, please report back!

        Rico's Diner
        400 15th Street, Oakland, CA

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        1. re: susancinsf

          Yep, just order them extra crispy. I love this place and it was practically empty on a weekend last time I went.

          1. re: chaddict


            Fortunately, they've been busy whenever I've been for weekday lunches. Would hate to see them stop doing breakfast on weekends for lack of business though....

        2. Mama's Royal on Broadway (& 41st ? or so) is divey and good

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            1. re: Cheesy Oysters

              oh, if you think Mama's is good, please, please, please try Rico's and report back. Everything I've had at Rico's is exponentially better than anything I've ever had at Mama's (cheaper too, and of course no wait on weekends. Go figure).

              1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                Oops, sorry about the mislead...no offense intended.

                Thanks for the correction, CheesyO!

                SusaninSF, I will try Rico's out...hopefully this Saturday!

                1. re: Munching Mark

                  cool! do let us know what you think!


            2. Had decent hash browns last weekend at Jim's coffee shop, off of Park in Alameda. Pretty crowded on Saturday morning, but it has a lot of seats.

              I had the chicken fried steak and eggs, and I really liked the cream gravy on my hash browns. My son's pancakes were pretty so-so though. Not expensive and the service is quick.

              Jim's Coffee Shop
              2333 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

              1. If you are in Alameda, I ate today at Albert's Cafe on Webster. While I would not recommend the chicken fried steak (preformed, perfectly round breaded patty with an oddly tasty but very cornstarchy white slab of gravy) the hashed browns were fresh potato, fluffy and nicely crisp.

                Albert's Cafe
                1541 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

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                1. re: tomatoaday

                  Oh, how funny! I was reading this thread this morning and thinking I should go down to Albert's and see if the hash browns are still as good as I remember (there was also a false report a while back that Albert's had closed). Anyway, Albert's is exactly the kind of funky-divey cheap place with great hash browns the original poster is looking for. On the other hand, despite numerous recs for the hash browns at Jim's, I've never, ever had even passable hash browns there. They're more steamed potato shreds than crisp, golden brown hash browns, and when I took someone's suggestion and asked for them "well done" they came out steamed potato shreds with tough burned bits. The only hash browns in Alameda I recommend besides Albert's is Tillie's.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    I work near Webster and gave Tillie's several tries but think they have now priced themselves out of a cheap eats divey category. If I pay $8-9 for breakfast, I want unsprung booths, better coffee and orange marmalade packets rather than mixed fruit at the very least. At least I save money by packing my own lunch most of the time ~ although the siren song of the El Grullense taco truck or a bahn mi sandwich is very close...

                2. Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe. Technically not in Oakland, though only a block and a half away.
                  I imagine the breakfast menu approximates what Dave's used to serve except with a
                  sort of not-too-offensive hipster upgrade. Good coffee and pancakes in addition to
                  the hashbrowns. Nice patio on a warm day.

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                  1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                    Haha...hipster upgrade indeed. Waitresses in ripped black tights and doc martins. Never thought I'd see that again but it's refreshing in an odd way. A bit cheeky but not too tortured or offensive. Wholesome art school types.

                    I've never had breakfast at RCFC but I've always found it to be a good place for good if not spectacular food. It's usually lunch for me. I'd categorize it as a very good neighborhood place.

                    BTW, when you refer to Dave's, are you talking about the former Dave's on Broadway on northern auto row? That just blew up 10,000 brain cells remembering that.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      I assumed it was the place on Broadway. I've never known it to be anything but closed.

                      I'm going to try adding a place link for Rudy's again. It seems to have vanished from my post above.

                      Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
                      4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

                      1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                        Funny I was talking about Dave's Coffee Shop on Broadway. Didn't want to use up brain cells so sorry I didn't provide more information. Both Rudy's and the Alameda spot look promising as well as the place in downtown Oakland. On a totally different topic, a Wisconsnite like myself mentioned Rudy's for fish. She said it was the closest she had found like the Friday Night Fish Frys that I still miss after being in the Bay Area for 25 years. We'll report back once we have found out hash brown fix.

                        If anyone wants to burn more brain cells, what was the name of the other divey breakfast spot on Broadway closer to downtown - around 27th or so?

                        1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                          You must be thinking of Biff's, around 27th-ish. It was much better then Dave's. Dave's was on the creepy side at night...even for a dive. Biff's was pretty okay but not really a dive. Or are you talking about the old Hof Brau that is now Luka's?

                          Speaking of Rudy's...when I go, it's often been on Friday lunch. The fish and chip special is pretty good.

                            1. re: ML8000

                              Yep that was it, Biff's. Wow, that was a blast from the past. Good to hear another report on the fish and chips at Rudy's.

                    2. Well the kids wanted to try again and find hash browns on Sunday. I looked at the post and called Rico's but realized that they were closed out Sundays. We headed to Jim's. Boy that is a throw back. I loved that there wasn't a wait. The kids were wondering why I was rushing them out the door since I'm used to waiting forever if you get anywhere past 10 on a weekend. Not the case at Jim's. Even my SO rolled out of bed and joined us on our hash brown quest. We all ordered them in various states of crispness and everyone thought they were great. I had a couple of eggs over medium. My SO likes egg scramble dishes so she got the Joe's Special sans the ground beef and a side of bacon. I'm sure we will go back but now we're looking for a place that also has egg scrambles in addition to hash browns.

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                      1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                        You mean Jim's in Alameda? They often do have a line on the weekends, but it's never very long. They also put coffee service outside the door for your enjoyment while you're waiting, which is a nice touch.

                        I'm glad you had good luck with the hash browns. I've never had good hash browns there, so I've given up, but maybe I'll give them another chance -- it is only two blocks from my house.

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                          Yep it was in Alameda and pretty easy to ge to from Oakland since it's not too far down in the island. I ordered the hash browns crispy and they were pretty good indeed. I've occassionally had better ones, but these were quite tasty.