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Anna’s Place – French toast, spiced pork gyros, teriyaki burritos, bi bim bop & ramen

rworange | Oct 17, 200501:06 AM

Stopped to check out this breakfast / lunch place today. Has anyone tried it? It is run by an Asian family and seems to do a good business.

The menu was a little surprise though.

The American side of the menu, seems to be pretty standard diner-type fare. Portions looked big but nothing really caught my eye. Breakfast comes with a choice of home fries, grits or rice. Fruit or salad can be substituted for an additional charge. Banana and blueberry pancakes are available. Not to exclude the Italians, there’s a Venetian omelet.

It seems there is a standard selection of meats like spicy pork, teriyaki, hot links, etc. Well, as long as the restaurant has them, why not include them in anything on the menu. So using teriyaki as an example, there is

Teriyaki & eggs
Teriyaki scrambles
Teriyaki omelets
Teriyaki burritos
Teriyaki burgers
Teriyaki sandwiches
Teriyaki gyros
Teriyaki rice plates
Teriyaki rice bowl
Teriyaki pita sandwiches

There are seven pitas and gyros including a vegetarian gyro and a Western gryo (ham mushrooms, grilled onions, tomatoes, cheese).

Soup is house made and they have some impressive looking salads (read quantity of standard ingredients). The salads seem to be the category that skips the selection of meats, that is, no teriyaki salad.

There’s Oriental style pasta

A section called the Oriental Corner has rice plates served with either green salad or Korean pickled vegetables … kim chee for heaven’s sake.

The selection includes:
Bi Bim Bap (veggie, beef or chicken)
Bul Go Gi (beef, chicken or spicy pork)
Teriyaki (beef or chicken)
Spicy pork and vegetable mix
Garlic chicken

And finally … ta da … Ramen (beef or chicken). It can be ordered spicy or non spicy.
Maybe I should take my camera along and start my ramen quest.

While I know that either a restaurant specializes in ramen or forget it, I would guess this is not the focus of this very ecumenical menu. However, wouldn’t it be fun if Melanie stopped by and this wound up at the top of her list. The chance of that I would bet is the same as winning the top prize in the lottery.

The smoothie I ordered was actually quite good. It was only frozen pineapple, mango ,fresh banana, ice, honey and milk, but it was very thick and refreshing. So thick I threw away the straw. There were choices here too. Instead of lowfat milk (hey, that’s a leceuda) you could have orange juice or soy milk. Optional protein boost available.

No teriyaki smoothies though.

Anna's Place

11740 San Pablo Ave # C,
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Near the Bart Station and Home Depot

Phone: (510) 234-6861


7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com/23/c...

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