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Dec 18, 2009 05:43 PM

Albany: Four Corners Cafe

Like the former Cafe St Honore in this location, Four Corners sells baked goods and cakes by the excellent Artisan Bakery

The coffee is now Catahoula which I love. There is a mexi mocha on the espresso beverage list. The chocolate for the mix is also supplied by Catahoula.

There is a simple menu of salads and sandwiches which use Acme bread.

They also have a few specials. They had soup for lunch today. In the evening they will have a dinner special. Today it was beef empanadas. The owner said they will have stew type of dishes. They don't have a full kitchen so it will probably be limited to things that are baked like the empanadas or can be slow cooked like stews.

They don't currently have Ici ice cream but may in the summer. If enough people asked, they might get it sooner but there may be some issues.

There is a website coming but I'll put the simple menu of sandwiches and salads in the first reply.

I had a sample of the granola with dried fruit which was very good.

I ordered the Scotch egg which is a hard boiled egg covered with spicy sausage and baked. it comes with two Hawaiian sweet rolls.

The menu says the Scotch eggs are baked which is unusual because traditionally they are fried.

The coating was spicy and while not as good as the now-closed Nigerian restaurant on University, they were good. Tell them not to heat the Hawaiian rolls.

This is a difficult report for me to be objective about. I'm crazy about Artisan Bakers. I'm happy local restaurants are starting to serve Catehoula coffee. The owner was very pleasant and seems like a nice person.

But ... while it is basically the same space repainted and slightly streamlined ... I miss the cheerful goofiness of Cafe St. Honore. Also, I know a little of the back story. I promised not to tell, but you can read it on yelp.

Unfortunately, with the unpleasantness, Catahoula coffee is getting trashed. This is really a good coffee by one of the kindest business owners in the Bay Area. I'm sad there's some fall out because of the situation. The irony is that on Yelp Catahoula gets four and a half stars with over 50 reviews.

Food-wise I liked what I tried. I hope Chowhounds will report on the food merits of the place. We probably won't ever know the whole story.

The hours shrunk a little 7am - 11 pm.

Four Corners Cafe
862 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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  1. Four Corners Cafe menu

    Breakfast burrito $4.75
    2 scrambled eggs with roasted potatoes, cheese and tomatilla salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla

    Scotch eggs $3.75
    Seasoned ground sausage wrapped around a hard boiled egg and baked. Served with 2 Hawaiian sweet rolls

    Granola with dried fruit $3.50
    Served over organic plain or vanilla yogurt

    Fresh baked goods daily
    Crossants, buffins, breakfast breads

    served with a mixed green salad

    Cubano $8.50
    Roasted pork, sliced ham, baby swiss cheese dill pickles and yellow mustard on an Acme torpedo roll and grilled

    Taj $7.50
    Chicken salad with curry mayo, red onions and currants

    New Englander $7.50
    Roasted breast of turkey with cranberry chutney (spicy and not so spicy)

    Margherita $8.00
    Buffalo mozzarella, roma tomatoes and fresh basil

    Bread choices: Acme pan de mie white or wheat, Acme torpedo roll, plain croissant ($1.50) and pita bread

    Cobb $8.50
    Romaine, tomato, cucumbers, eggs, bacon, chicken, avocado

    All Hail Caesar $7.00 + $1.50 with chicken
    Romaine hearts with croutons and shaved parmigiano/reggiano

    Athena $7.50 + $1.50 with chicken
    Romaine, cucumbers, tomato, olives, peperoncini, marinated artichoke hearts and feta

    Homeade dressings" ranch, blue cheese, Greek and caesar

    Organic almond or peanut bugger and jelly $4.50
    White or weat Acme bread (with or witout crust) seasonal fruit and a juice box

    Dinner specials every night

    1. I wasn't crazy about this place when I came in. It looks like just another sandwich shop. Cafe St. Honore had character. I also asked if she'd be having Ici ice cream but she said not until this summer.

      4 Replies
      1. re: rightstar

        There was paper all over the windows and some sort of sign on the door today. Didn't look good.

        1. re: lmnopm

          There's a sign in the window saying it closed because it wasn't making enough money to support itself. Every time I asked questions about the food, I always felt dismissed. I'm not surprised they closed.

          1. re: rightstar

            My wife and I walked in there one night after dining nearby at NLB and were kind of surprised by how run down it all looked inside....reminiscent of a nondescript cafe in a nameless NYC subway station, or something close to it. With the name "Four Corners Cafe" and zia's painted on the windows, we expected something a bit closer to Green Chile Kitchen. Aside from the name, there was absolutely zero connection to NM food.

            I'm not surprised they closed...they really didn't offer much besides grim disappointment.

            1. re: chilihead2006

              It seems to have been reincarnated with the same "old" name, after the beef shop that was there only a few weeks.

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