Not long ago someone mentioned Blackberry Bisto on Park Blvd. in Oakland, and shortly after I read about it, my mother asked me to join her there for brunch.
Blackberry Bistro is owned by the same people who have Purple Plum a few doors down in Oakland's Glenview district, and although the menu is basically upscale California cafe, there are some Southern touches on the menu.
My mom and I both ordered the daily special: a scramble with asparagus, green garlic and pepper jack that came with a square of fried grits, a biscuit and a fresh fruit cup ($11, the most expensive item on the menu).
It was delicious. The flavors and textures in the scramble were perfectly balanced, the fried grits (like fried polenta) were creamy and slightly cheesey, and the biscuit was crunchy and brown on the outside and light and flakey on the inside. A nice selection of tea comes in Japanese iron pots, and there's also a wide variety of coffee drinks and other "morning" beverages (variations on Bellinis, Bloody Marys, etc.). They have a lunch menu as well as a brunch (served all day) menu. They aren't open for dinner.
The restaurant is very popular (20 minute wait for a table, partly because we deemed it too chilly to sit at their sidewalk tables, even with heat lamps) and quite noisy at midday on a Sunday. But the food is good enough that despite the noise I'd go back, especially on a sunnier day when we could sit outside. Also: plenty of unmetered street parking.
4240 Park Blvd