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El Sobrante - Tina’s Creekside Café – Food 4 Vegetarians & Carnivores

Krys | Mar 15, 200511:27 PM

The breakfast and lunch menu at this San Pablo Dam restaurant seems to have one vegetarian dish for each meat based dish. There are quite a few creative breakfast dishes.

The Portabella omelet has bleu cheese, spinach, avocado, green onion, roasted red pepper and is made with egg whites. When asked how she came up with the combination, Tina said she likes to experiment in the kitchen and this combo tasted good.

Other omelets include Dragon’s Lair (involves hot sausage and Jalapeños), Italian, Denver, Joe’s Chicken and Black bean, vegetarian, vegetarian Greek, Spanish, artichoke, and Californian (another egg white based omelet)

Some notable items is the home made bread pudding and chicken fried steak dip.

The Ultimate Veggie Scramble was a generous, tasty mix of portabella mushrooms, red onion, avocado, sun dried tomatoes, very fresh baby spinach and swiss cheese. It came with a massive portion of home fries which were big chunks of skin on potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper and paprika. You can order hash browns instead.

There is a choice of Tina’s biscuits or toast (including thick slices of my favorite marble rye from Whole Grain Natural Bread Co of Santa Cruz) The biscuit is really biscuit bread. It is a two inch high square of a biscuit. Although it wasn’t corn based, it reminded me of the huge squares of cornbread that Marie Calendars made at one time. It has a similar look and texture.

Other scrambles include a linguica scramble and the Robin’s nest scramble, a combination of chicken apple sausage, bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, corn salsa, jack cheese and fresh pesto.

There are all the usual breakfast items like Texas toast, buttermilk pancakes (that cover the plate), and Belgium waffles.

There is house made soup for lunch, sandwiches and salads. Breakfast is served all day. The lunch menu has many vegetarian items including garden burgers and Boca burgers.

There are four wraps two of which, Greek and tofu, are vegetarian. There is also a breakfast wrap.

Check the board for specials.

Tina’s is not fancy but pleasant and cheerful with a green and yellow color scheme and a red tiled floor. Large windows look out on San Pablo Dam Avenue. Green topped tables have colorful flower pots filled with sugar packets and jellies (Smuckers and Dickenson). The staff is very friendly.

The reviews on the citysearch link seem accurate to me.


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