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May 14, 2009 01:56 PM

Post-Breakers Breakfast/Brunch on Sunday

Hello All,

I will be running Bay to Breakers this Sunday and will be in need of a post-run breakfast/brunch. Unlike the majority of participants I am actually running the race, in clothes, for marathon training and a low time (shooting for sub-50 minutes) so I will be burning some calories and need recommendations for some great chow-worthy places.

I can do either sweet or savory, but I am really craving a good set of pancakes or a waffle. Failing that I just want good food. I am looking for places not to far out of my driving route back home and want to avoid huge crowds so I already know that Dottie's, Mama's, and pretty much anyplace in the Sunset will be out on this Sunday. I will be taking 280 to 80 east and 580 east back through the East Bay and Oakland. So anyplace not too far from the freeway (a couple of miles at the most) and I am willing to go as far north as Albany.

Thanks in advance and I will be more than willing to provide additional information if requested about my driving route. Cost isn't a factor as most breakfasts/brunches don't really break the bank!

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  1. Its been a long time since I've been there, but I can't imagine much has changed. JoAnn's Cafe in DC stands out in my memory for the heavy carbo loading. Pancakes, french bread, muffins... served in quantity.

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    1. re: BernalKC

      JoAnn's in South San Francisco? El Camino Real.

      1. re: ola

        Yeah, that's the one. DC, SSF, Colma.... Its all a blur...

        1. re: ola

          and here's a link:

          Joann's Cafe
          1131 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

      2. A set of good pancakes or a waffle + your driving route says Bette's to me. Great pancakes, good parking (sometimes), and though there's usually a long line, a seat for one at the counter has usually no more than a 0-20 minute wait.

        Bette's Oceanview Diner
        1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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        1. re: JasmineG

          On a Sunday morning? Sounds risky. Maybe if the OP can work out a cell phone tag team - someone to put their name on the list around the time OP finishes the race... Otherwise, a run + car drive + Bette's wait.... might not work out so well.

          I would put my other favorite brunch places in the same category: Townsend and my new fav Butler and the Chef. They'd be great, but the wait on a Sunday morning is probably a deal breaker.

          1. re: BernalKC

            It sounded like the OP was alone, that's why I made the note about how short the wait is for one person at the counter. If there are other people in the party, then that's a different story.

          2. re: JasmineG

            If the wait at Bette's is too long, step across the street to Eccolo. Brunch at the bar there is fab.

          3. How about Brown Sugar Kitchen for waffles and fried chicken?

            Brown Sugar Kitchen
            2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

            1. Thanks for the responses so far! On Sunday it will be just my Mom and I, it has become our annual ritual for her to come cheer me on since she was there for my first B-to-B. It was my first ever official run and justification to myself that I could run competitively after being heavy for the majority of my life.

              I would love to go to Bette's but have have insane things about the wait, but what I've read about the souffle pancakes would make me throw that small caveat out the window.

              Chicken and waffles sound like a good idea, are there any other soul food places in the East Bay like Brenda's in SF? My final destination is Fresno so I will be taking that route out of the Bay.


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              1. re: gmk1322

                You don't mention what time the race starts--isn't it pretty early, like the real runners are done by 9 AM or so? In that case, I'd worry less about a wait and make sure whichever place you pick is open by 10 AM.

                1. re: gmk1322

                  Yeah, the souffle pancakes at Bette's are pretty fantastic. You could always head there first and see what the wait is like; it should be a lovely day on Sunday, so you can hang out outside while you wait, or walk over to Peets for coffee (the coffee at Bette's is awful, but everything else is good, and they don't care if you come in with Peets, as long as you put it in one of their mugs).

                  As for soul food, I think that Aunt Mary's Cafe in Oakland on Telegraph is head and shoulders above Brown Sugar Kitchen (and gives you a lot more food), though I think they're better with egg based dishes than pancakes. Their biscuits are fantastic, though.

                  Aunt Mary's Cafe
                  4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                2. If anyone was thinking about the all-you-can-eat oysters and wine event on Sunday at Jeanty at Jack's for post-race that has rec'd some publicity, it's been postponed until June. Also, I've talked to the management a couple times and found out that it will be set up festival style with tasting booths and no table seating at all or chairs to rest. No reservations, tickets sold at the door for cash or check only. Even Kermit Lynch's party in the parking lot has tables to sit down with wine and oysters, so this is sounding less attractive than initially.