Had brunch at The Boilerhouse Restaurant, located in the old Ford Plant in Richmond’s Marina District, adjacent to the Craneway Pavilion. (You can read about the building’s history on the restaurant’s website at http://www.boilerhouserestaurant.com/.) The Bay Trail runs alongside the building, so if you are walking or bike riding you cannot miss it. If you are driving, finding the restaurant is tricky. You have to go to the guard shack where they note down your license plate. From there you drive past the building, make a right and head toward the end of the building. If you are adverse to having your license plate recorded, you can drive down Harbour Way to the end, park and walk along the waterfront.
The restaurant has a very industrial feel to it, high ceilings, steel framework, old machinery, a boiler or two, too, and lots of windows to look out at the Bay.
Their brunch menu today listed about eight items. Their prices are very reasonable, in the 7.00-8.00$ range for their Semifreddi's Challah French Toast, griddle cakes and egg dishes, 4.50$ for steel-cut oatmeal, 5.50$ for their house-made granola. Our server informed us of the specials then took our order. We ordered two of their brunch specials and the eggs benedict.
Our food came quickly, the ingredients were light and fresh. Our friend ordered the frittata with summer squash, cheddar cheese, asparagus, and said it was very tasty. DH’s corned beef hash with poached eggs came with two thick slices of bacon. My eggs benedict came with breakfast potatoes. Both dishes our dishes had poached eggs that were perfectly runny. As we ate, an order of buttermilk griddle cakes topped with fresh fruit wafted passed me and they looked scrumptious, and the pint-sized bloody mary looked tempting. Hmmm … maybe next time.
I didn’t ask about details (unlike RWOrange ~ I’ll leave that for you to explore!), like what brand of coffee they brew, but it was fine. They do carry a selection of Numi teas in a box that our server presented for us to choose from. They also have a full bar.
Our server was courteous and friendly. Service overall was acceptable, although I had to ask for a refill on my coffee. Also, before DH could pull back from the table, the busser interjected into our conversation (in mid-sentence, a no-no in my mind) and asked to clear DH’s plate.
The atmosphere for brunch was relaxed. They had classic jazz (Miles Davis) playing in the background. If the restaurant is full there might be a noise factor because of all the hard surfaces, but it was less than half full while we dined, and three-quarters seated as we left. Another very important aspect of the restaurant: on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being extremely comfortable), the chairs are a 4 for comfort level.
I have a lunch date tomorrow with a friend and will probably go here again, see what their menu has to offer.
1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond, CA 94804