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Directionally challenged...where to stop before ending in Inverness.

JeffW Aug 21, 2013 07:25 PM

Greetings brethren and sistren hounds. We are leaving on Monday morning at around 5 a.m. from Sherman Oaks (basically Los Angeles). We are driving to Inverness.
Our first thought was to head to San Francisco and have breakfast at Swan Oyster Depot.
I am re-thinking this, as I believe we want to bypass the tumult of the city.
Wondering if we should instead have a morning meal in Berkeley.
But the reason for this post is to ask if anyone might be familiar with this drive, and might offer up some other place/city where it might be nice to have a meal, walk around a bit, and then head back towards Inverness.
We are taking highway 5, by the way.
Thanks so much,

  1. wolfe Aug 21, 2013 07:46 PM

    When are you doing this? The Oakland Bay Bridge will be closed Labor Day Weekend 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 making the route to the City difficult. It is about 5 1/2 hours, traffic permitting(YMMV) to Bette's Oceanview Diner in Berkeley. Less than 1 hour to Inverness by the Richmond San Rafael Bridge and Sir Francis Drake

    1. Melanie Wong Aug 21, 2013 07:57 PM

      Your instincts are good. Best to avoid the City on the way to Inverness, and there's better breakfast to be had in the East Bay anyway. You can get oysters up in Marshall.

      Leaving Sherman Oaks at that hour, you can make it to Alameda/Oakland/Berkeley by 11am. If you have a housekeeping cottage in Inverness and need to provision, I suggest stopping at the Berkeley Bowl West, just off the freeway on Heinz for your shopping. http://www.berkeleybowl.com/ You can have breakfast/lunch nearby at 900 Grayson. http://www.900grayson.com/

      1. Robert Lauriston Aug 21, 2013 08:33 PM

        Oakland and Berkeley are on the most direct route and there are lots of great choices for a late breakfast or early lunch.

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          stanbee Aug 21, 2013 09:26 PM

          is Buckeye Road house out of your way in Marin? http://buckeyeroadhouse.com/lunch and dinner

          The oysters Bingo are much loved. Also the lemon pudding and pie with blueberries - if it's still on the menu

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          1. re: stanbee
            Robert Lauriston Aug 22, 2013 10:04 AM

            Buckeye is well out of the way and they don't open until 11:30. I wasn't at all impressed by the place.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              stanbee Aug 22, 2013 09:05 PM

              Sorry to hear. Have you tried the Oysters Bingo and the lemon pudding cake?

              Perhaps it has changed since eating there last?

          2. hill food Aug 22, 2013 01:04 AM

            go to Bolinas and turn right.

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            1. re: hill food
              JeffW Aug 22, 2013 12:39 PM

              Wow, what a wealth of tips from all of you. I do appreciate this, and I believe that Berkeley is looking better and better.
              My best wishes to all.

              1. re: JeffW
                hill food Aug 22, 2013 02:39 PM

                sorry - I for one, was being snarky - yeah find Bolinas, heh! (smirk).

                the tumult of the City? after LA's Valley? it's really not so bad. just moves a bit slow sometimes. if you're racing up on the 5 then Berkeley and Oakland are more on the way and are far more laid-back. I'd suggest the Rockridge area. lots of sidewalks - it stretches from CCA at B'Way on the South (near 24) and stretches up beyond the BART station almost to the UCB campus.

                or just say fuck it and go to Andronico's and get picnic type-fare for along the way.

                1. re: hill food
                  Melanie Wong Aug 22, 2013 02:43 PM

                  When's the last time you were in San Francisco?

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              michaelw Aug 22, 2013 02:37 PM

              Cafe Aquarius in Emeryville is another solid option for breakfast/lunch.

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                milklady Aug 22, 2013 03:02 PM

                900 Grayson in Berkeley is right off the freeway and is great. It's not the most engaging neighborhood to walk around, though. (Bette's Oceanview Diner was also recommended, which is a great idea for a stroll and window shopping.)

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