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Any EBay Brkfst Places I Haven't Been To 500 Times?

oakjoan Dec 1, 2008 09:48 PM

I'm going out to breakfast with a friend tomorrow morning and am wondering if there's anything new or anything I've missed over the years.

We've recently been to Brown Sugar Kitchen, La Note, 817, Mamas, and Gillman Grill (or whatever it's called).

Anything new or interesting?

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    ML8000 RE: oakjoan Dec 1, 2008 10:04 PM

    Check this thread on Bistro 1491, in the former Walker Pie Shop space:


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      rworange RE: ML8000 Dec 1, 2008 10:40 PM

      Aunt Mary's Cafe near Bakesale Betty's which some say is better than Brown Sugar Kitchen

      Miss Pearl's Jam House in Jack London Sqaure

      The Terrace Room at the Lake Merrit Hotel

      Horseshoe (doesn't open till 10 am)

      Rocky's Hamburgers

      Not new, but Oliveto Cafe

      Places link for the oakland restaurants here with websites.

      Ferratt's in Albany

      In Berkeley have you been to 900 Grayson yet?

      Not new, but Chester's Bayview Cafe (near cheeseboard), Tomate Cafe, Fat Apples ... I like Fat Apples, good Dutch pancakes ... egg breakfasts have the option of a pastry instead of toast ... Cafe M ... are they still in business (on Fourth Street), Monte Cristo (I liked the breakfast at Montero's, same owners), Rick and Ann's.

      In Albany if you've never been Jodie's, Sunnyside Cafe.

      Personally, I'd like to try Aunt Mary's or Miss Pearl's.

      My clam chowder makes me a bit curious about what breakfast is like at Bistro 1491, but I'd still try the other two first.

      1. re: rworange
        chemchef RE: rworange Dec 3, 2008 07:24 PM

        Cafe M is indeed still in business, and its quickly becoming my husband and my favorite local breakfast spot. So far (we've been there 2-3 times in the past month or so), the food's been as good/better than Bette's (our old stand-by), and there is rarely a wait. The staff is nice and attentive, and the atmosphere is much less claustrophobic than Bette's

        Sunnyside Cafe is also another one of our new favorites, and its rarely crowded when we've gone (9-10am, weekends).

    2. moto RE: oakjoan Dec 1, 2008 10:23 PM

      hello, Aunt Mary's Cafe, on Telegraph nr. 43rd right in the Temescal strip. The eggs in the fritatta we had were perfectly cooked, ingredients were very fresh, the place's ambience is airy and pleasant, the organic coffee full bodied, smooth. A normal full breakfast plus drinks could exceed $15/p.p., what I'd expect in the up-scale, newer places in that district.

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        Miele Maiale RE: moto Dec 2, 2008 08:11 AM

        We went to Aunt Mary's Cafe with high expectations based on reviews on this board and an earlier walk through investigation, but I must say the food failed to deliver for the most part. The freshly baked scone was excellent, and the only great thing about the meal. Calas (rice fritters) tasted oddly fishy (they were sweet fritters), and the eggnog french toast was scorched and overall kinda blah. My root vegetable hash has a good showing of diverse root vegetables, not too heavy on potato, but the flavor was bland and buttery. It's obvious that the food is high quality, and the service great, but Aunt Mary's Cafe stumbles on taste, which might be caused by overreaching with the menu. As a baseline, I'm using Venus, which, IMO, serves delicious breakfasts.

      2. susancinsf RE: oakjoan Dec 2, 2008 05:21 AM

        If you'd like something more casual than some of the spots already recommended, and not likely to have a line, I'd consider Rico's Diner....

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

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          rworange RE: susancinsf Dec 2, 2008 07:14 AM

          Here's an East Bay Express review of Rico's from last week.

          If anyone ever asks where to get a vegan bahn mi, this is the place.

        2. Cynsa RE: oakjoan Dec 2, 2008 07:43 AM

          The Fifth Wheel is a warm spot on my heart for pork chop with eggs and rice. It may be too down home for your list - not quite the greasy spoon truck stop - you'll breakfast on simple fare with commuters, locals, and some truckers, too (since 1946 so it's not new)

          Fifth Wheel

          898 San Leandro Blvd
          San Leandro, CA 94577
          (510) 635-7538

          Fifth Wheel
          898 San Leandro Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94577

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            meemster RE: oakjoan Dec 2, 2008 07:48 AM

            I second 900 Grayson. Great corned beef hash and waffles. Also, Kensington Bistro has a really nice breakfast.

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              rworange RE: meemster Dec 2, 2008 09:10 AM

              Kensington Bistro was sold and is now Post Meridian which only is only open for lunch and dinner during the week. There is a weekend brunch.

              There is Inn Kensington though.

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                meemster RE: rworange Dec 2, 2008 09:14 AM

                Oh, I didn't know the name had changed, although I know I was there after it was sold. It was a really delicious brunch, and I see it starts at 8, so you could call it breakfast. There is also a little tiny kids play area, which kept my daughter occupied after she was done eating.

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                  rworange RE: meemster Dec 2, 2008 09:37 AM

                  Have you tried it since it changed hands? The brunch menu has drastically changed.

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              katya RE: oakjoan Dec 3, 2008 06:00 PM

              Homemade Cafe (pecan waffles)
              Meal Ticket
              Cafe Durant (white chocolate pancakes)

              The last three are not upscale in the slightest.

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                ML8000 RE: katya Dec 3, 2008 06:11 PM

                Forgot all about Homemade. Haven't been there in at least 10 years.

                Just to add to the list, there's Bette's and Rudy Can't Fail Cafe.

                I like RCFC. It has a nice pre-dotcom boho vibe, although I could see how it could wear thin.

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                  Chuckles the Clone RE: ML8000 Dec 6, 2008 02:56 PM

                  Rudy's is good for a warm sunny weekday outdoor breakfast. Inside is a bit too
                  cinderblocky for me and weekends it's got a million people. Good coffee too.

                  They actually post-date the the dotcom era by a couple of years:

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                    wolfe RE: Chuckles the Clone Dec 6, 2008 03:03 PM

                    Occasionally, I think, I can still taste Eugene's chili dog.

              2. jillyju RE: oakjoan Dec 3, 2008 06:20 PM

                The Full House Cafe, on Macarthur, in the Laurel District. Generous portions, the eggs are always cooked just right, homemade muffins and sausage, and my personal fave-the corncakes.

                Full House Cafe
                3719 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

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                  Cheesy Oysters RE: jillyju Dec 4, 2008 04:18 PM

                  I like this place too and I'd be going there if my kids weren't on a hashbrowns kick. I think this week we are going to try Rico's based on the recommendations here. But back to Full House, good food, interesting folks, and not huge waits.

                2. DonZ RE: oakjoan Dec 4, 2008 04:54 AM

                  If you have the time, "The Alley" in Pinole serves excellent (and very large portions)breakfast. Best in the Bay Area that I've tried.

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                    rworange RE: DonZ Dec 4, 2008 07:50 AM

                    Yes, the Alley is a good old-fashioned coffee shop for people in Pinole. Here's my old report. I doubt if anything has changed other than prices.

                    What do you like best there?

                    So oakjoan, where did you go fo for breakfast?

                    The Alley Cafe
                    2265 Pear St, Pinole, CA 94564

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                      DonZ RE: rworange Dec 4, 2008 03:23 PM

                      I have never ordered anything but the western omellete (full-size) and love it but seldom have the time to visit. I also really like their house salsa. Their pancakes are called "manhole covers" due to their size.

                  2. nicedragonboy RE: oakjoan Dec 4, 2008 08:38 AM

                    I've only been once, but I thought the breakfast at Hidden City Cafe in Point Richmond was good. Pretty simple menu well executed though the service was a bit slow the day I went.

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                      chemchef RE: nicedragonboy Dec 4, 2008 11:03 AM

                      Contrary to all the positive reviews on this site about Hidden City, I've gone twice now and didn't find anything special about it at all... just meh.

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                      adrienne156 RE: oakjoan Dec 5, 2008 01:07 PM

                      Has anyone been to Cock-a-Doodle Café recently? I've always been curious because their menu looks so good on paper, but the mixed reviews kept me away.

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