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Breakfast in Emeryville?

We're arriving in Emeryville via Amtrak iater this month. Where's a good spot for breakfast - if not in town, as we head north toward Napa? ( I do know about the ABC in Napa, yes.)

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  1. The Gilman Grill at Fourth and Gilman.

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    1. re: sydthekyd

      The Gilman Grill is a rather worn short order place with decent omelets and hot coffee and a very early opening time. Fine for what it is. It's not within walking distance of any of the train stations and you can get better / closer to any given station.

      Just to throw another idea out there - if you have a car, grab a picknick at the Seabreeze Deli just before the marina, and drive out to the park in the marina. If you've just spent 10 hours on a train, you might like that. The seabreeze has a full short order menu, although it's nothing special, but has a pretty good espresso / smoothie stand.

      The best espresso ever is now at Local 123, not far from the freeway and those stations. If you like your espresso. And small food items - not sure their exact hours, but it's a very sunny and breakfasty location.

      Bette's is an excellent choice, if you're not an espresso hound and want a hearty sit-down meal. They're *very good* short order.

    2. For something a little different, try breakfast at Tacubaya in the Fourth Street shopping area where Bette's and M Cafe are located. ( 1788 Fourth Street

      There's a breakfast torta on the menu that's delicious--and they serve Blue Bottle coffee...The only potential issue is that they don't open until about 10:00 a.m. on week days...

      1. Doyle Street Cafe is pretty good. I've only been there once but I remember the eggs blackstone being tasty. It's pretty close to the Amtrak.

        Doyle Street Cafe
        5515 Doyle St Ste 10, Emeryville, CA 94608

        1. I work less than 2 blocks from the station, and if you are looking for places within walking distance you have a few servicable if not hound-worthy options:

          Cabucci's is a low-end cousin of Bucci's that offers very decent breakfast and lunch fare. Probably your most interesting choice within walking distance and the absolute closest option.

          Ruby's is a simple cafe that offers pastries and coffee to the morning crowd. Nothing destination worthy, but it is right there. (And I'm a regular, so I'm biased. Nice people.)

          Cafe Acquarius has even nicer pastries that are homemade. Also brews some very nice coffees. Not sure if they have a full breakfast menu. We're getting a bit out of walking distance if you have bags.

          Doyle Street Cafe? Surprisingly good diner food, maybe better for lunch, maybe not in walking range.

          Emery Bay Cafe? M co-workers think highly of it. I'll admit it is cheap and the servings are large -- but meh. Not worthy.

          And if you don't care about being in walking distance? Go with the previous recommendations. My vote would probably go 1) Bette's, 2) Jimmy Bean's 3) 900 Grayson

          1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          Cafe Aquarius
          1298 65th St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          Doyle Street Cafe
          5515 Doyle St Ste 10, Emeryville, CA 94608

          Jimmy Bean's
          1290 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          5858 Horton St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          Ruby's Cafe
          6233 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          Emery Bay Cafe
          5857 Christie Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608

          1. Haha. If Amtrak has you scheduled for a morning arrival you'd best be asking
            for dinner suggestions ...

            I think this has covered everything in Emeryville. Cabucci's has a very basic, small
            breakfast menu but if it does turn out to be lunchtime they make a -fabulous- roast
            pork sandwich. It's fairly hard to find -- in the brick office building directly across the
            street from the station and with no obvious sign. Just go into the door in the middle
            of the block.

            Doyle Street Cafe is also a bit hard to find but does the basics very well. Likely to be
            a lot quieter than Rudy's at breakfast time but Rudy's (not to be confused with Ruby's,
            different place) has a nice patio out front if the weather's good.

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            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

              I understand about Amtrak and timing...as a general rule, except on the DC-NY run, which is fairly decent on that score. Is that particular route particularly known for tardiness or was that just the sort of remark I might well have made myself?

              1. re: lemons

                Oh, it's mostly just the sort of remark anyone who's taken Amtrak more than once or twice might have made ...:) Looks like you're coming down from Seattle? I don't have much experience in that direction but I've gotten in 24 hours late from Denver and I don't think I've ever come in less than 6 hours late up from LA.

                If you do miss breakfast, the nearest nicest place for lunch might be Bucci's (big sister of the aforementioned, railroad-punning Cabucci's). About a block away. Somewhat up-ish-scale italianesque pasta, pizza done well. Really good burger, and a great meatball sandwich. More restauranty and less cafe-in-an-office-building-atriumy than Cabucci's.

                6121 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

                1. re: lemons

                  The coast express up from LA is extraordinary in its lateness, often in the 6 to 8 hours late range. Happened once to me, never again.

              2. All great suggestions. I'll admit Emeryville is not quite my forte, but all the way up MLK Way -- in North Berkeley -- there's a great breakfast/lunch spot, Fat Apples. Fantastic ollalaberry jam, scones, and shakes. Omelets are pretty darn tasty, too.

                Out of the 4th street choices, Bette's is definitely the way to go...

                1. I worked in Emeryville for a year and can confirm that the posters here have covered literally every restaurant in E-ville.

                  Since you're on the train, and probably not in a car, your best bet is Doyle Street cafe for a big filling sit-down breakfast (love the cappuccino mugs here), or Ruby's for no-big-deal coffee and pastries. Get an espresso drink, the airpot coffee is fine but nothing special. Each is within an easy walk. Cabucci's is nice and all, but it's really kind of an office meeting scene and not so fun for a tourist.

                  1. My favorite's along that route (E'Ville to Napa) are 900 Grayson, Sunnyside Cafe, and Cafe Soleil.

                    Sunny Side Cafe
                    1499 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

                    Jennifer and Todd's Cafe Soleil
                    3550 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803

                    1. We're picking up a car in E'ville and heading north. Thanks for the reminder about Amtrack times...I'd considered that, but sorta shoved it to the back of my mind.

                      1. My go-to place for breakfast in Emeryville is Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe. They serve breakfast all day and have tasty specials and peoples donuts. The portions are good sized.

                        They've got a hipster/diner ambiance that draws a crowd, so you may encounter a wait.


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                        1. re: kevopolis

                          I agree w/ RUDY's Can't Fail. It has a great East Bay vibe and good food selection.

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

                        2. Brown Sugar Kitchen is in Oakland but very close to the Emeryville border & if you are driving it is very, very near. Their website has links to reviews; check out the description of the waffles (& the nifty photo) in the Gourmet article. I've heard several people say the waffles are the best they've ever had. The grits are incredible, too.

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                          1. re: neu

                            Have you eaten anything there or are you just reporting what you've heard?

                            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                              I have eaten there several times & the waffles & breakfasts are delicious. I've only gone during the week because I've heard the weekend lines are daunting. By the way, I realized after the fact that this whole query somehow got resuscitated & lemons' initial request was about a breakfast happening in April. But anybody else looking for yummy breakfasts can go there...

                              1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                Fried chicken w/ mashed sweet potatoes and the waffle were good.

                              2. re: neu

                                The waffles ARE incredible.

                                ...but it's a tiny place and they only have two waffle irons, so it's also on the slow side.

                              3. I'll second Rudy's Can't Fail. Not earth shattering but solid. They are not busy early in the morning (before 9).