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El Cerrito: Bonfare Cafe – potato pancakes with chopped onions, ham and herbs

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El Cerrito: Bonfare Cafe – potato pancakes with chopped onions, ham and herbs

rworange | May 4, 2008 11:05 AM

For $6.75 the plate is covered with three large potato pancakes. Small metal cups hold sour cream and a chunky, cinnamon apple sauce. These are not crispy latkes but soft grated potatoes mixed with tiny bits of chopped ham, onions and herbs. They were satisfying.

Coffee is from Java City and a nice mellow blend.

Bonfare is classic coffee shop/diner with a capital “C” … except for the Japanese restaurant décor left over from the last owner.

Regular breakfasts come with hash browns and a choice of breakfast pastry or Acme sourdough, whole wheat or herb toast.

They bake their own muffins and pastries though the muffins I saw looked like any you’d see in a supermarket.

For people in El Cerrito who know what I’m talking about … I’d place it mid-point between places like FatApple’s and Anna’s Place.

On weekends there is a special brunch menu that includes variations of eggs benedict.

This is very straight-forward coffee shop food with items like grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and open-faced oven-roasted turkey sandwiches with gravy mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

They’ve only been open a few weeks. The owner is nice, The server on my visit was pleasant but I’m guessing this is her first job. It is a pleasant nothing-fancy place with parking in front.

A few items on the menu that seemed interesting
- Bentonville – two eggs, fresh biscuits and sausage gray
- home fried potatoes with vegetables and cheese
- spicy meatloaf
- patapuma chicken sandwich (?)
- lamb burger

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Bonfare Cafe
10877 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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