After a year living in Guatemala, I’ve been craving American comfort food. There are few places that fit as well as Hidden City Cafe with omelets, hash browns, pot roast and shortcake.
Hidden City is still the top restaurant, IMO, in this part of the East Bay. There’s nothing comparable unless driving to Berkeley.
Chef and co-owner Shellie Bourgault, once worked at Chez Panisse. The food is simply prepared, often using organic ingredients. Bourgault is also a nutritional coach.
There is a small core of standard dishes, but order the specials that change weekly.
It is mainly classic coffee shop fare gone organic, but there are a few dishes with Mexican touches.
Here's what I had on two visits rated from A+ to F -
B …... Tomato, mushroom, Hobb’s smoked ham and jack cheese omelet
B - ..... Chicken and vegetable soup with ginger
B + … Pot roast with stewed vegetables, paprika potatoes and fresh horseradish sauce
B …... Strawberry and peach shortcake
B …... Mimosa
B - ..... Wine
B …... Coffee
Service: B + … Very, very good
Ambiance: B … Above average
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Hidden City Cafe
109 Park Pl, Richmond, CA 94801