Mother's Day brunch - Oakland/East Bay
Hi - I've been out of the Bay Area a few years now, and a bit out of touch on happening food and especially brunch spots. I'm looking for a place that i can book for 7 adults (and one baby) for Mother's Day brunch. Most of the brunch places I would fall back on are walk in only. Hoping for something more on the side of interesting rather than standard fare. Something like Camino would be good, only not Camino as the family is already there a lot. Looking for something slightly special for the two moms in our crowd. Any help and ideas appreciated!
Scotts makes 2, and only 2, dishes well:
- their burger at lunch, surprisingly good
- popcorn shrimp in Creole red sauce, a little over-buttered but tasty in an artery-clogging way.
If you select something very very simple, such as the crab-avocado salad, it is at least innocuously pleasing if not remarkable.
The bread, which is extremely fresh Boudin sourdough, will be the best thing on your table.
Otherwise they are stuck in the lemon-butter sauce 1980's. Back then they were groundbreaking and people lined up to get into the original SF locations. We held a lot of office parties at the Embarcadero Center location back then.
We now go VERY occasionally for one reason only: they have a great view of the Xmas Lighted Boat Parade in December, on the estuary.
Service is always perfunctory and rushed; although these guys are pros, it's clear they don't care any longer.
I recently noticed a few more places offering brunch: Dona Tomas (great outdoor space), Barlata (tortilla espanola, fine hams), A16 RR (prob reg brunch menu w some specials).