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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.