Breakfast in Oakland or Emeryville
Help! Our favorite nearby breakfast place, Local Cafe on Piedmont Avenue, has unexpectedly closed. Where should we go instead? We like weekend breakfast and brunch.
Bummer indeed. Local had become my go-to breakfast out.
Any place else I can think of falls into the "usual suspects" category--e.g., Aunt Mary's, Mama's Royal, Rudy's Can't Fail, etc. I used to enjoy Cafe 817, but haven't been on a long time. Camino has a good weekend brunch, but it's spendy.
Aunt Mary's Cafe
Is very good...and I hate going out for breakfast.
I would start there.
4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Another you may want to try...
1298 65th St Emeryville, CA 94608
The local owners are really nice.
Baked goods are made in house.
And some of the food is fantastic!
What rapini said---Local is closed?!? Waah! We're on the other end of Piedmont so didn't make it up there as often as I'd have liked, but I loved their eggs benedict. So sad!
Some other local spots we like that are similar in style: Grand Lake Kitchen (about the same size and small menu, but never disappoints); Kitchen 388 (very simple menu but tasty); Commonwealth (ditto--also, beer, if that's how you roll at breakfast...); and Beauty's (small brunch menu in addition to bagels).
In the usual suspects category, Boot and Shoe is excellent for brunch if you haven't been, but, like Camino, pretty pricey (and you have to get there early to avoid a wait). If you want fancy, Haven's Sunday brunch is our special occasion go-to. We've had good luck with Chop Bar, Dona Tomas, and Bellanico for good food without crazy waits. Grand Tavern also has a brunch that we've been meaning to try. They, GLK, and Dona Tomas all have patios (as does Bocanova, but they open too late for us these days).
that's too bad. add me to the list that liked Local Cafe's food.
that end of Piedmont doesn't look to get a lot of daytime foot traffic.
Inside Scoop reports that the Local space is to become a "downscale pizzeria." [http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...]
Being that there's Dopo and LoCoco's down the street, I think Piedmont could use the Local Cafe concept more than it can another pizza place.
Just my deux centemes.
Does anyone have any news on whether the Local Cafe people are opening up another restaurant somewhere? We have tried many of the suggestions you all provided as a substitute (many thanks). So far our favorite substitute is the Mixing Bowl in Temescal, which has very nice brunch food, but we still miss Local.