Finally satisfied the craving! Thank you to chowhounds for the recommendation.
Restaurant was crowded at 10AM, but it was Labor Day. Seated within 5 minutes, service was prompt, with water and coffee being poured frequently.
I ordered the chicken fried steak, which came with three eggs, choice of hash browns, country potatoes, or fresh fruit, and choice of toast (wheat, white, sourdough, rye). I opted for 3 poached eggs, hash browns, and wheat toast. Egg beaters and dietary syrup are offered at no extra charge- a nice touch.
Food arrived quickly, and it was quite a large meal! Thick piece of chicken fried steak which was nicely seasoned and still juicy inside. (Sometimes I find thin chicken fried steak dry and tasteless.) It was smothered in a really thick cream gravy which had chunks of breakfast links in it. The flavor was kind of bland, but perked up with some pepper. The cream congealed toward the end, so I would have preferred something slightly thinner.
Everyone here seems to order hash browns, and I was glad I did. Nothing spectacular, but a nice crust on top and bottom, cooked all the way through. It's amazing sometimes how hard it is to get something this simple right.
I regretted getting poached eggs, it's kind of hard to eat them with the rest of what I ordered. It was served in a separate little dish. Should have stuck to scrambled or fried. The eggs were warm and yolks bright and runny, but didn't add much to the dish.
Toast was of course unremarkable- but the nice thing is that they bring the toast after your entree, so that it's nice and hot. It's served buttered and there are Smucker's jam packets on the table.
My breakfast was $8.35. The price listed on their website is incorrect ($7.25). I could only eat about 1/3 before feeling my arteries clogging, but now I have a nice full box of leftovers.
They have tons of specials for breakfast and for other meals. Nice large dining room with free parking lot, friendly and efficient service. I find their food much better than Ole's Waffle House a few blocks down on Park St, especially non-breakfast items.
Breakfast served all day, lunch until 5, dinner after 5PM
2333 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501