Ok, given the fact that I didn't know the towns of Albany and El Cerrito existed until about two years ago, it should be no surprise I didn't hear about this town until this week. Until recently my life stopped at the Berkeley border and didn't resume in and eastern direction until Apple Hill.
Oh boy! A new area to explore, just as I had almost run out of restaurants. Is it worth it? Here's what I see is there with a little web crawling.
Any suggestions for favorites would be appreciated.
Known for it's biscuits and breakfasts. Also supposedly good for California cuisine at dinner.
Positive mentions of brunch, scones and home-made potato chips.
An early East Bay Express review after it first opened said, in addition to the fact that they were still trying to find their way, that they had a
"British fry-up, complete with Heinz baked beans and fried bread. The Sullivans' penchant toward things Gallic shows up in the French toast, of course, made with the perfect bread -- Semifreddi's challah -- dipped in a delicate batter and served with real maple syrup. We also tried the day's special muffin, a small round of straight-from-the-oven banana bread with oozing pockets of melted white chocolate."
EBE review and others in this link:
Kensington Circus Pub
Uber-child friendly (I know what I'm getting into, that is). Fish & chips seem the thing to order and as I've been on a fish and chip crawl lately ...
Also ten beers on tap with at least one being hand-pulled. English pub grub.
An old Chowhound post says:
"They also have a beer machine and the selection changes regularly. Excellent onion rings and a very good sheperds pie (but ask for the salsa on the side, not on top-that's just WRONG)."
A beer machine?
Kensington Ice Cream Parlor
Arlington Baking Company (510) 528-2253
Seems like it is just mail-order currently. Owner is from NY and worked at the Four Season and Martha Stewart Living. Do they sell in any stores?
Didn't know they had an actual bakery where you could get coffee and pastry. Anything to look out for here that isn't sold elsewhere?
Shai's Catering & Deli
There's a mention about good soup there. The website just mentions the catering business.
So it would seem the most simple-minded way to get there is to cruise up Solano Avenue and then turn onto Arlington Ave.
Anyway, again would appreciate any comments or insider tips that either back-up or debunk the above.