Next month I will be visiting from out of town and I'm looking for a place to have breakfast before I leave. I am staying in Pleasant Hill (Concord/Walnut Creek area) and am leaving OAK on an 8 a.m. departure on a Sunday morning. I'd like to have a nice breakfast before my departure. I assume I could eat at an IHOP or Denny's near the airport but I was wondering if there are any other options.
Since I'll have a rental car, I can eat anywhere in a wide area - Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Berkeley, Oakland, etc. Heck, I could even go "the long way" (via Danville, San Ramon, Dublin) back to the airport if there's a decent breakfast place that way.
The problem is the early hour. I'll need time to turn in the rental car and go through security without cutting it too close (although I will probably not be checking luggage). I think what that means is, if there's a place near the airport, it could open at 6 a.m. (again, on Sundays), but anyplace else, it would have to open earlier than that or be open 24 hours (at least on weekends).
Before you suggest Bette's in Berkeley (which I've been to and like), it's not open till 6:30.
I did a search on previous topics and (primarily in the topic at www.chowhound.com/topics/363443 ) found mentions of Nikko's Family Restaurant in Oakland (may serve 24 hours but no indication of whether they serve breakfast items - ?), El Tapatio in Richmond (Mexican breakfasts can be excellent but Richmond is a bit out of my way - is it worth it?), and a chain called Carrow's (sounds like Denny's...?). I'm not sure whether any of these are suitable - comments? I would welcome any additional suggestions. Thanks, Chowhounders!
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