El Sobrante, CA: Cafe Soleil
Café Soleil is another breakfast place that I’ve never before tried for lunch or dinner. It is one of the better breakfast options in the El Sobrante area.
Here’s my report from 2005. It has been unchanging over the years … in a good way.
Cafe Soleil Great Breakfast SUPER kid friendly
As I wrote in the above link, the fluffy biscuits are delicious and the home fries are great. There are three options in addition to plain
Dave’s, with cheddar, grilled onions and country gravy
Crissy’s, with jack cheese and a choice of sour cream or ranch dressing
Jennifer’s, with grilled onions, tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. Cheese can be added
Breakfast and lunch is served all day. On my to-try list are the char-broiled burgers.
Here's what I had rated from A+ to F -
C + .... Clam chowder
B - ..... Turkey sandwich
Service: B +
Ambiance: B -
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Jennifer and Todd's Cafe Soleil
3550 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803
CAFE SOLEIL DETAILS
CLAM CHOWDER: C + … Slightly above average
The clam chowder came with the turkey sandwich. The thick, house-made, potato-based chowder would have rated higher if there was more clam flavor.
There were lots of chopped clams in it, but really it was more of a potato soup with clams. Adding some clam juice would help. If it was listed as potato chowder and they dropped the clams, it would have rated higher. Two packages of saltine crackers came with it.
Sandwiches come with a choice of homemade French fries, potato salad, garden salad, homemade clam chowder or minestrone soup.
TURKEY SANDWICH: B - ... Very good
There was a generous serving of the deli-sliced, house-baked turkey breast on two slices of whole wheat bread with a lettuce leaf and tasty sliced tomatoes. Hamburger pickle slices completed the plate. I didn’t ask about the bread, but I suspect they still use Maggiora Bakery.
SERVICE: B +
Service has always been very good here. I’ve never had anything but friendly servers who take orders promptly and keep an eye on refilling water glasses and coffee cups. The coffee they use is Farmer’s. It is ok, but I didn’t have the coffee on my visit.
AMBIANCE: B –
The café did a bit of redecorating with a huge sun painted on the back wall. It is a large room with high ceilings so even when crowded … and it usually is for breakfast … it is lively, but not noisy. There’s a comfortable couch up front to sip coffee and a counter with stools to watch the cooks in action. There is plenty of parking in the strip mall.
Café Soleil is one of the best, if not the best, option for American coffee shop food in this section of the East Bay.