In business over 30 years, The Royal Café makes their own muffins, English muffins, scones (with lemon curd), waffles, pancakes and granola from scratch. There are two outdoor patios and a nearby parking lot.
This place rarely gets mentioned anywhere Chowhound or the web in general. There IS one online review by Dr. Biggles about their Eggs Backstone (link below).
The food has that 1975 feel to it, on the edge of healthy without being obnoxious. The omelets are not fried, but steamed, yet dont seem different that the average omelet, a little browned on the outside perhaps from being put under the broiler quickly,
Breakfast dishes come with homefried potatoes, homemade muffin, English muffin, scone with lemon curd, sourdough, 9 grain whole wheat, rye or raisin toast. Fresh fruit or tomato can be substituted for potatoes.
The omelet with roasted eggplant, sundried tomatoes, cilantro, light garlic and jack was a nice combination, very hot with lots of cheese. The scone, a little on the hard side, came with a slightly tangy, pudding-like lemon curd. Someone recommended asking what was just baked to get lighter, fluffier baked goods still warm from the oven.
I read the home fries were ok, but not that special. Looking at Dr. Biggles pictures seemed to confirm that, so fruit was substituted. It came in whole pieces big pieces of cantaloupe and watermelon with rind, a thick slice of kiwi with fuzzy peal and a few grapes. The watermelon was sweet, but the fruit was of supermarket quality.
In addition to the Eggs Blackstone, other Hollandaise Stuff includes Eggs Benedict, Eggs, Florentine and Eggs Brady (onion & lox). There are lots of scrambles and omelets. Pancakes and waffles come in plain, blueberry, cornmeal and buckwheat.
For lunch, there are burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and quesadillas. Theres a Greek influence here since you can get Greek burgers (with fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes and feta) and Greek quesadillas (black olives, sundried tomatoes, French feta and jack cheese).
C.A.T sandwich = Chicken, avocado tomato. Dont know why the steak sandwich is called a Philadelpia lawyer. The California Lawyer is made with chicken. The sandwiches were huge and the large burgers with deep brown fries looked tempting.
The waitresses are pleasant and the coffee cup is always filled.
The café is decorated with memorabilia, mainly from the 30s, 40s and 50s. The biggest collection is of old radios. The walls are decorated with old movie posters, fruit crate labels, and advertising posters Cleo & Mission Cola, Kneudson La Bon ice cream.
A case has old lunch boxes featuring Betty Boop, Kiss, Evil Kneivel and GI Joe. A working juke box is next to an old stove, pbx, typewriter and adding machine (when they were bigger than computers).
The black and white tile floor is well worn, but the place is clean and comfy divided up into little sections, a lunch counter at the door, a window section, booths leading to one patio, a raised dining area that leads to the other patio and the front room.
Royal Café and Bakery is nothing fancy, but it is pleasant and comfortable. I enjoyed my breakfast.
The picture below from Dr. Biggles website shows some of the vintage items near the entrance.
Royal Cafe & Bakery
811 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
Monday Friday: 7:30 am 2:30 pm
Saturday Sunday: 8:00m 2:30 pm