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Good convenient breakfast stop OAK to Point Reyes

carcassone Apr 27, 2012 04:10 PM

On route from OAK to Point Reyes, is there a convenient stop for coffee/tea & bakery along the way? I know plenty of places in Berkeley but those requires a detour.

Thanks in advance.

  1. Robert Lauriston Apr 27, 2012 04:15 PM

    By "detour" you mean the places you know aren't close to the freeway or you're going through SF?

    Berkeley Bowl West, Bette's Ocean View, and Local 123 are just a few blocks off the freeway.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      carcassone Apr 27, 2012 08:50 PM

      I think I'm gonna be on 80/580. Any decent place along the way? If I remember correctly, Berkeley is a bit East of the freeway.

      Once I get off 580, I will not be on the freeway, right? Any good place to pull over?

      By the time I get to Point Reyes Station, I'll be ready for oysters! I just need coffee/pastry to hold me over until then!

      1. re: carcassone
        Robert Lauriston Apr 28, 2012 10:11 AM

        80 goes right through Berkeley, the places I mentioned are a few blocks from the freeway. You won't be off the freeway until San Rafael. If you don't mind waiting that long, you could go to Ponsford's Place:


        The Pine Cone Diner is OK but with no traffic it's an hour and a quarter from the airport. There are any number of places just as good along the way.


        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          carcassone Apr 28, 2012 11:56 AM

          Thanks so much for your recommendations. I finally had a chance to look up the locales and looks like Bette's Ocean View is my best bet. Right off the freeway and has both sit-down and grab-and-go options.

          Many choices in their breakfast menu, any must tries?

          1. re: carcassone
            ernie in berkeley Apr 28, 2012 11:58 AM

            There's always a long wait for Bette's sit-down place. But the to-go section next door has excellent pastries and coffee, and great sandwiches.

            1. re: ernie in berkeley
              rubadubgdub Apr 28, 2012 04:13 PM

              Should not be much wait on a Monday.

    2. steve h. Apr 27, 2012 04:21 PM

      Pine Cone Diner in Pt. Reyes Station always works for me. It's a full breakfast, not coffee/pastry, but well worth the modest wait.

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      1. re: steve h.
        hyperbowler Apr 27, 2012 06:30 PM

        +1 they make great chilaquiles and i prefer their hangtown omelette to any hangtown fry I've eaten

      2. chefj Apr 27, 2012 06:08 PM

        Bakery Cafes in Marin
        Arizmendi in San Rafael
        Sweetlife bakery in San Anselmo
        Fat Angel in Fairfax
        Full scale Breakfast http://theresa-and-johnnys.com/

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          wally Apr 27, 2012 10:15 PM

          I don't know about the others but the bakeries in Fairfax and San Anselmo are way off the freeway and will take tons of time to reach. Sir Frrancis Drake is never fast.

          1. re: wally
            chefj Apr 28, 2012 08:44 AM

            Well unless they are taking Lucas Valley they will be going through S.A. and Fairfax.

        2. k
          kelrad Apr 27, 2012 10:23 PM

          Rustic Bakery at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur Landing

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            Pius Avocado III Apr 28, 2012 08:40 AM

            Cosecha, downtown Oakland- coffee and pastry service begins at 9am every day except Sunday. The perfect distance to avoid quelling your appetite for copious oysters.

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              ML8000 Apr 28, 2012 11:16 AM

              Has anyone been to 900 Grayson lately? That's right off Ashby Ave and I-80 and close to Berkeley Bowl West. Heck I'd just stop at BB West. They have a cafe for coffee/tea and there's a whole store full of stuff with many baked goods. Would be a good chance to get a bunch of supplies.

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              1. re: ML8000
                Robert Lauriston Apr 28, 2012 11:21 AM

                900 Grayson is good for a sit-down breakfast, but not a quick stop.

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                  bbulkow Apr 28, 2012 05:10 PM

                  They do have that nice little section at the front where you can grab n go, but I agree in principle.

                  As usual --- OP --- it depends on what you like. If you're a pure espresso fiend, don't miss local 123. If you want something hearty but perhaps quick, Bette's is a good choice.

                  The closest possible place to the freeway is the Seabreeze, near Bette's. You can only really get a smoothy and an espresso (and, I think, an espresso smoothy) but you can pick up a sandwich. Seating is al fresco.

                  Has anyone tried Fifth Wheel, near the airport?
                  Hidaway Cafe?
                  Cafe 817?
                  Cafe Lizzi?

                  1. re: bbulkow
                    Pius Avocado III Apr 29, 2012 05:08 PM

                    Caffe 817 has baked goods, but I always get the Italian toast- prosciutto, gruyere and fig mostarda on Acme bread, pressed nicely with 7-8 olives on the side.

                    The price recently went up to $6 but it's still easily the tastiest breakfast indulgence downtown.

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                Rapini Apr 28, 2012 01:04 PM

                Also on Fourth Street is Tacubaya. it has mexican-style breakfast items (including a killer breakfast torta) and pours & pulls Blue Bottle Coffee. It's good food without the long, long wait at Bette"s.

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