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Good convenient breakfast stop OAK to Point Reyes

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.

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  1. 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

      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

        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:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813703
        http://www.ponsfordsplace.com/Ponsfor...

        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.

        http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=oak...

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          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

            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.

    2. 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.

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

        1. re: chefj

          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

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

        2. Rustic Bakery at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur Landing

          1. 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.

            1. 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

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

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  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

                    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.

              2. 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.