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.
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.
Sunny Side Cafe
1499 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607
1799 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Aunt Mary's Cafe
4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
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.