Albany >Royal Cafe & Bakery
A great place for breakfast!. I just love the Royal Cafe. The Americana decorating the place is amusing, it's got a cool diner feel, and the food is honest good food. I am especially fond of scrambled eggs Solano (Not the exact name), with dried tomato, spinach, mozzarella, and their omelettes aren't those fluffy blenderized concoctions, but big hearty, perfectly cooked eggs with substantial fillings of all kinds. They crisp the home fries perfectly, but if you can't eat potatoes, they'll sub some fruit, which I appreciate. The eggs blackstone is sinful, as it should be, and they use excellent applewood smoked bacon and the hollandaise taste almost light, even though you know it's heart-stopping. I am grateful that Royal is one of the places I go where they'll give you a half order (doesn't save much money, but it sure saves calories!) The buckwheat pancakes are absolutely delicious, and are very filling. They also serve a freshly made fruit salad, not cheap, but a substantial serving of seasonal fruits, cut to order. Bottomless cups of good strong coffee are a plus, as is their use of vital vittles whole wheat toast. They also serve good lunch standards, hamburgers, ham and cheese sandwiches, etc. Nothing to write home about, but good and keeping with their dineresque appeal.
Fabulous Weekend Brunch. I love this place. My husband and I discovered it one morning and it has been our favorite ever since. They have a few different versions of eggs benedict, which are delicious especially Eggs Blackstone with diced tomatoes and bacon. The omelettes are also good. They come with a scone and lemon curd -- a great "appetizer". I have never had to wait longer than 10 minutes and the service is prompt and friendly. The atmosphere is really fun too with 40-50s era antiques, pink walls and high ceilings with lots of sunlight. A must for East Bay folks.
Always a fine meal.
My husband and I love to stop in for a quick breakfast every week or so. Their Tortilla Scram is my favorite dish, although a plate of eggs and bacon is also always a great option. My husband is fond of the Philadelphia Lawyer sandwich, as well as their pancakes. And their coffee is nice and strong!
The wait on weekends can be a bit long. Weekdays for a late breakfast/early lunch is best.
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