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Albany - The Sunny Side Café – Better than Bette’s Oceanview?

rworange | Oct 29, 200512:56 AM

This café really should NOT be flying under the Chowhound radar. There was only one brief positive mention. Across the street from Fonda, the sidewalk tables are usually full on weekends … with good reason.

Sunny Side uses Uncle Eddie’s cage-free, vegetarian diet eggs. It makes a difference.

Hand squeezed. orange juice is fresh, sweet, delicious and beats Jimmy Bean’s AND French Hotel. It is used in regular mimosas and madras mimosas (cranberry juice, oj, Segura Viondas brut).

Fresh squeezed lemonade with ‘a hint of mint’ is available as well.

Breakfasts come with toast or homemade muffins (.50 extra). The fresh mango / fresh pineapple muffin was wonderful, with a loose crumbly coffee cake texture and a touch of brown sugar.

There is also a choice of home fries (sour cream on request), garlic roasted tomatoes, vegetarian black beans or fresh fruit cup ($1.50 more).

The sautéed mushroom, garlic roasted tomato and jack cheese omelet was a lovely lemon yellow color and stuffed with the excellent tomatoes and mushrooms. Jack cheese is both inside and on top of the omelet. The omelet had a nice light pillowy texture. It was excellent and very satisfying.

Nice fruit cup that is a contender for best of the bay with Bette’s. Diced mango, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon were topped with halved grapes and slices of kiwi. The fruit was all ripe and sweet.

Breakfast meats include: applewood smoked bacon, house-made pork sausage patty, mild Italian sausage, Adell’s chicken apple sausage, hickory smoked ham or veggie links.

Cheeses include: ricotta, goat, emmenthal, mozzarella, jack or sharp cheddar.

There’s amaretto French toast, buttermilk pancakes and blueberry pancakes. They looked terrific and are served with Dufresne’s Maple Syrup.

In addition to eggs, omelets and scrambles there’s a breakfast pizza, pigs in blanket, chicken in a blanket, and a breakfast burrito. There are some interesting Benedicts that include in addition to the classic version:

Wildcat Benedict: garlic roasted tomatoes and bacon
Solano Benedict: sautéed herbs and baby spinach
Tilden Benedict: sautéed mushrooms and garlic roasted tomatoes

The coffee is the delicious McLaughlin organic Peruvian blend. Teas are by Lindsay.

Breakfast is served all day and sandwiches, burgers and salads are served after 11:30. Niman Ranch beef is ground in-house daily. Vegan Boca burgers are also served.

Bread is from Semifreddis. Some of the more interesting sandwiches were Herb de Provence crusted chicken and pesto and the crispy curry tofu. Croque Monsieur is served.

Sunny Side is sunny. Green and white checked sconces frame the large windows.. Walls are lemon yellow with green trim. The floor is tile with blushes of dusty pink. There is a large open kitchen with a bar with five counter seats. There’s a Spanish feel to the café. A print of Franz Marc’s Yellow Cow graces one wall.

It has been so long since I’ve had anything at Bette’s except the soufflé pancake so I can only suspect Sunnyside may not only be the equal of Bette’s, but even a bit better. It certainly outclasses any other East Bay breakfast spot I’ve tried so far.

The menu says:

“Everything served here at The Sunny Side Café is made fresh from our kitchen with our recipes, from the salad dressings and pizza sauce to the muffins and biscotti”.

The Sunny Side Café
1499 Solano Avenue
Albany, Ca 94706

510 527-5383


Monday – Friday: 8 am – 3 pm
Weekends & Holidays: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Link: http://www.guggenheimcollection.org/s...

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