There is stunning, addictive, soul-satisfying Filipino breakfast to be had at Eva’s Meal Stop and Mini Mart, says rworange.

First of all, this is a JOINT. Expect a chow-adventure, not linens and table service. Ambiance is basically that of a, well, Filipino 7-11, with styrofoam take-out trays. There are a few tables, but mostly this is a take-out joint.

$2.95 gets you their standard breakfast, including tasty garlic rice, tomatoes, an egg, and your choice of breakfast meats. Both meats are stunning. One choice is longsilog–two truly excellent course-ground garlic sausages, plump and beautiful. The other is tosilog–sweetened, cured pork slices (think thick-sliced glazed bacon, without the fat). There are also fresh lumpia, the only lumpia rworange has ever liked. It’s basically a massive Filipino egg roll, chock full of cubed chicken, garlic, diced peanuts, and lots of fresh veggies, including green beans, lettuce, garbanzos, carrots, and even some sweet crunchy jicama. Their lumpia are carefully wrapped in white paper to keep the wrapper from drying out. The breakfast is completely and utterly absorbing.

For $3.95, you score the deluxe breakfast, with your choice of fish in place of breakfast meat. They also do a 14-item steam tray for lunch. Lunch prices are the same–$2.95 for a standard lunch, and $3.95 for a deluxe lunch.

Eva is super-helpful to non-Filipinos. She’ll explain what everything is, and how you’re supposed to eat it.

Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Eva’s Meal Stop and Mini Mart [East Bay]
2511 San Pablo Ave., Pinole

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