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Early Sunday Breakfast in East Bay?

I have a friend coming in from NY and need an early breakfast place for Sunday. We both like Bettes and Rick and Ann, but would like to try somewhere else that you can get breakfast at 8 AM. Any suggestions? Geography range from Lafayette on the east; Richmond south to Oakland.

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  1. Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland is open at 8:00 on Sunday. You'd probably avoid the lines at that hour. Sunny Side Cafe in Albany (or the new location in Berkeley) opens at 8:30, if you can wait an extra half hour.

    Anyone know if Aunt Mary's Cafe (Oakland) is serving breakfast that early? Website seems to indicate it's open at 8:00 Tuesday through Sunday, but that the weekend brunch specials are only available after 10:00.

    Cafe M (around the corner from Bette's) isn't bad and is open at 8:00.

    My pick among those would be Sunny Side, but again, it doesn't open until 8:30.

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    Sunny Side Cafe
    1499 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

    Brown Sugar Kitchen
    2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

    Cafe M
    1799 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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

      1. re: Glencora

        +1 on Homemade. Matzo Juarez, Florentine, Homefry Heaven, blueberry pancakes. Old skool done right. Comfy laid-back vibe w/ nice diverse clientele.

        1. re: Glencora

          +1 on Homemade Cafe - love the Mexican eggs with a side of guacamole.

        2. Mama Royal's on Broadway in Oakland opens at 8:00 on weekends.
          The Egg Shop in Montclair Village opens at 8:00 also.

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          1. re: Janet

            Thanks everyone - I love Brown Sugar and haven't tired Homemade Cafe or Mama Royal's. Will keep you posted where we end up.

          2. Cafe Gratitude has delicious brunch and I think they only open at 10 on Sunday; the location inside the Whole Foods at 27th/Harrison opens at 9, though

            1. 900 Grayson in Berkeley. Great cheese grits and fried chicken & waffles. They're definitely open for breakfast by 8, not sure about Sundays.

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              900 Grayson
              900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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              1. Heard some good things about Soul's Restaurant for good Southern Breakfast Buffet. Probably catch alot of the Sunday Church crowd.

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                1. re: nicedragonboy

                  The Soul's breakfast buffet is a good one, but I'm pretty sure they don't open until 9am for it. Their webpage is down right now or I'd check on it.

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                  Soul's Restaurant
                  6403 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94806

                2. How about La Note? Downtwon Berkeley on Shattuck. It's one of my favorite breakfast places.

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                  La Note Restaurant Provencal
                  2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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                  1. re: berkeleyite

                    We ended up going to Brown Sugar - both ended up with the cornmeal waffles and bacon. Started with an excellent biscuit while we waited. Delicious! These waffles are the best! Light and crispy. Brown sugar syrup for the waffles was very good - but I stuck with maple - which remains better to my taste.

                    Service was very good. By the time we were finished, the place was packed and with a long line - but they were very pleasant about not pushing hard to turn the table.

                    There was a line a 8 to enter when the restaurant opened, but the whole crowd was able to sit down - so it was a good time to start. Took a bit of time to get coffee and our order taken, but to be expected at a packed opening.

                    1. re: jane21

                      Just for future reference, Saul's deli in Berkeley opens at 8 every morning--I think breakfast is their best meal.