Thanks to the great suggestions from the board, my mum and I ended up having a late brunch last Sunday at this little cafe in Point Richmond on our way to Muir Woods. They serve lunch after 11:30 when they add on a soup of the day and some sandwiches to the more breakfast oriented menu from the morning.
The menu is not very large for lunch, my mother had a Hummus Sandwich with raita and sprouts (and other things but thats all I remember). She really liked it and I tasted a bit of it and it was very tasty, and not at all drippy like the raita had made me expect. It came with a choice of a cup of soup or salad. We got the soup of the day which was a black bean chilli with nice bits of ground beef in it. I had the italian sausages served with two eggs, toast (4 or 5 choices I had the basic wheat), and home fries. The food was quite tasty like you would expect a good, quality breakfast place to serve. The home fries had been nicely slowfried with nice caramelized onions in it. The sausages were tasty adn filling and had this nice fennel seeds/ anise flavor to them as well as a bit of heat.
The service began a little spaced out as we stood around waiting to be shown to a table for a good few minutes while the servers milled at the back near the little bar-like counter, not apparently busy but maybe that was my mistake in not just walking up there and asking if we could take the table by the window. That is what we pretty much did ultimately. Once we sat down though, the service was impeccable and very friendly and helpful but never making us feel rushed.
The cafe has more space than you'd think from outside because of an inner more private room. I liked the outer room especially as we'd snagged a nice window seat.
Overall, a very nice tucked away quiet place. I'd go there for a leisurely weekend brunch but not if I were in any rush. There was none of the line out the door madness of typical weekend brunch places. On-street parking seemed not too difficult. I would not ask people to go very far out of the way to eat there but its a perfect fifteen minute drive lazy sunday place for us east bayers.
Oh and it was not that difficult to find it - what with rworange's detailed directions. Its a fairly short street and the storefront is rather muted though.
Hidden City Cafe
109 Park Place
PHONE: (510) 232-9738
Tuesday-Friday: Breakfast 7:30-11:15 a.m.Lunch 11:30a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Brunch 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
P.S. Never again will I try to find parking at Muir Woods on a lovely sunny weekend day in the afternoon. Madness I tell you!