Thanks to Robert Lauriston for mentioning this place in a $1 oyster thread.
I haven't tried the oysters, but I had a lovely brunch here today.
BLOODY MARY BAR
Server brings a glass with ice cubes and vodka. Go to the table with the fixings. There is a choice of tomato juice, Clamato or Mr. T's Bloody Mary Mix.
Add in choice of: horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, red or green Tabasco sauce, Tapatio sauce, Louisiana Gem green jalapeno sauce, Trappy's red devil sauce, Frankie's red hot sauce, salt pepper
Finish with celery stick, pickled onion, green olive, black olive, pepperonici, pickled jalepeno, baby corn, lemons, limes. There was a cut in the center of the citrus slices so they could be put on the rim of the glass.
Excellent ... excellent ... poached eggs, actually better than the poached eggs I had at Cafe Fanny last week that were on the verge of overcooked with some of the yolk turning solid.
At Powder Keg the yolks were plump, oozy, yolky goodness with the thinnest cover of white on top and the rest of the white tender, yet totally cooked. At Cafe Fanny, there were raw spots in the white.
Very nice Hollondaise sauce. On top of the English muffin and under the eggs were thin crab cakes. There was nice crab flavor and probably some breadcrumb filler. It was hard to tell because they were thin, but it made the Benedict perfectly balanced. It was just the right amount of crab.
The hash browns were nicely browned but kind of bland. It was a really large serving. There were two tasty slices of oranges.
They are good about refilling the coffee. I believe it was Aurora ... something like that.it was decent coffee. Tea is stash.
I wasn't expecting much with the name. I figured it was some old bar that had been open forever and I just never heard about ... but no ... they only opened last August. It is at the end of Sycamore where all the new houses are. If traveling up San Pablo toward Napa, on Sycamore take a left (away from the direction of Lucky ... if you see Lucky you are going the wrong way.
Decor-wise it reminded me of 21st Ammendment in SF ... if that restaurant looked better ... and if it had two lovely outdoor patios bordered with bright pink bouganvailas and pots of hanging white and pink petunias.
It is a very comfortable place to hang out. There is a long bar with some comfy bar stools and two large screen tvs.
Service is just swell. They are friendly and on top of things without being intrusive.
There are lunch specials, one of which is $5.50 for half sandwich with a choice of soup, salad or fries. There are also nightly specials ... Tuesday is ribeye and baked potato ... Wednesday is homemade pasta
I wish I took notes. I thought the cocktail list would be online. They have a nice cocktail list.
There's sangria (Barcelona-stye) $4. It had wine, rum, gin, vodka, juice, oranges and limes.
Six beers are on tap. Happy Hour is extended to 7pm
The Granny Smith martini has fresh squeezed Granny Smith apple juice. They also have "Forgotten Favorites" such as a Cuban Libre. There are a few non alcoholic beers and drinks such as a virgin Sunrise - OJ, soda and grenadine.
Very child friendly. They know their neighborhood without condescending to it. Portions are generous, prices are good, food is classic ... like a Joe's special ... which looked very good on another table.
The only thing that would be better is if they were located where the real estate company is on the other end of the street. Then there would be a bay view also. Located on a very residential street. There are some photos on the site that give an idea of the place, but the patio looks nicer than that.
Seriously ... I can't think of a better place in that area for Sunday brunch until you hit Albany/Berkeley.
The Powder Keg Pub and Seafood Cafe
2132 Railroad Ave, Hercules, CA 94547