The Most Important Meal of the Issue

Helen Britto and Lauren Dahlberg-Seeth, Staff Writers

The Bay Area has no shortage of breakfast places, but Mirador set out to find the best of the best. Using a “Three Thumbs-Up” rating scale, Miramonte’s harshest breakfast critics evaluated the food quality, service, and price at several locally renowned spots, as well as a few hidden gems.

Rick & Ann’s:

People from all over the Bay Area flock to this restaurant, especially on weekends, which often results in a wait time of over an hour. Mirador recommends you wait it out—you’ll be happy you did. Once you have a table, the service is surprisingly quick, and once you get your food, you’ll understand what all the hype is about.
Location: Berkeley
Recommendation: French toast
Food: Three Thumbs Up
Service: Two Thumbs Up
Bargain: One Thumb Up

Bette’s Oceanview Diner:

Bette’s Oceanview Diner on Fourth Street is a Bay Area classic… even though it doesn’t exactly have an ocean view. There may be a long wait to get a table, but that’s because Bette’s has the best breakfast around. Two words: souffle pancakes.

Location: Berkeley
Recommendation: Souffle Pancakes
Food: Three Thumbs Up
Service: Three Thumbs Up
Bargain: Two and a Half Thumbs Up

Millie’s Kitchen:

A popular spot for Lamorindans, Millie’s provides delicious food in a homey atmosphere. Although there is often a line out the door, it is well worth the wait! Come prepared and don’t let the fact that this is a cash-only establishment take you by surprise.

Location: Lafayette
Recommendation: Coffee cake (above)
Food Quality: Two and a Half Thumbs Up
Service: Two Thumbs Up
Bargain: One and a Half Thumbs Up
Chicken And Waffles
If you’re low on cash and want a soulful meal, look no further. With locations on both sides of the Caldecott Tunnel, Chicken and Waffles provides cheap food and quick service—unless it’s Sunday, when the restaurant is packed to the brim. The food quality is not top notch, but you will never leave hungry.
Location: Oakland and Walnut Creek

Recommendation: Signature chicken and waffles (left)
Food: One Thumb Up
Service: Two and a Half Thumbs Up
Bargain: Three Thumbs Up

Montclair Egg Shop
With its kid friendly atmosphere, attentive waitors, delicious coffee, and unique selection of egg dishes, Montclair Egg Shop draws patrons from all over the Bay Area. Although the menu’s lack of pancakes is a drawback, the cheaply priced food is definitely a plus.

Location: Montclair
Recommendation: Challah french toast
Food: Two Thumbs Up
Service: Three Thumbs Up
Bargain: One and a Half Thumbs Up

Village Inn Cafe

Catering mostly to families and the retired citizens of Orinda, this is the perfect place when searching for a leisurely, local, and tasty bite to eat. With all the tempting side dishes the Village Inn has to offer, it’s a great place to go with your parents, who will pay for you.

Location: Orinda
Recommendation: Chocolate milkshake
Food: Two Thumbs Up
Service: Two Thumbs Up
Bargain: Half a Thumbs Up

 

Jim’s Coffee Shop

Although from the outside it doesn’t look like much, Jim’s is one of the Bay Area’s hidden gems. With ample amounts of indoor seating, there is hardly ever a wait. Its delectable and low-cost food is well worth the trek for Lamorindans.

Location: Alameda
Recommendation: Mickey and Minnie Mouse pancakes with whipped cream (above)
Food: Three Thumbs Up
Service: Three Thumbs Up
Bargain: Three Thumbs Up