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Pt. Molate - Galley Café, East Brother B&B and Richmond's Best Blackberry Cobbler

rworange | Jun 15, 200504:10 AM     9

Galley Café serves ”fresh blackberry cobbler with ice cream. The blackberries were picked on the hillside behind the restaurant, and there is also fresh peach cobbler made from peaches just in from Yacht Harbor owner Eric Johnson’s Valley ranch. … In addition to the delicious cobbler, Howard serves a real fisherman’s breakfast and hearty lunches”

That is according to the web forum of Richmond Councilman Tom Butt in the following link: http://www.tombutt.com/forum/040710b.htm

I did not know that when I drove to the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor over one of the most terrifying roads in California. Good stretches of the road had barbed wire fences with menacing signs warning about trespassing.

Perhaps it was the plastic skeleton dressed only in rubber fisherman’s boots sitting at an outdoor table that impaired my chow judgment,

Or it could have been the bleached white bone cow’s head on top of the outdoor phone booth. They were probably using the cow for lunch. I looked around, decided just to have coffee on the dock and left. Point Richmond makes Port Costa look like Sausalito. To say it is hard to get to and more than unusual is an understatement,

Has anyone eaten at Galley Cafe or at San Pablo Bay Sportsman’s club located on the Yacht Harbor?

From the Yacht Harbor you can take a boat to the East Brother’s Light House Bed and Breakfast. It is a $400 a night B & B that is supposed to serve some wonderful food. The Island is only open to the public on Saturday’s for hiking and picnics.

As far as the Café, it just looked like a coffee shop that time passed by. It seems that in 1952 the movie “Blood Alley” with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall was filmed at the café. There was only a menu board with hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches on the wall. Who would have guessed that cobbler with berries plucked from the hills could be hiding in the kitchen.

It was a pleasant café and everybody was very friendly. One table had a huge jigsaw puzzle that someone had left as a work in progress.

At the foot of the Richmond Bridge is the very last exit which goes to Pt. Molate.

The area is a combination Devils Slide, Pescadero, and shabby Presidio. There is an abandoned army base. One huge red brick building looks like a huge castle with turrets on top where you can imagine the military guarding the bay with guns.

It is both a frightening and breathtaking drive over a horribly paved one lane road that drops off into the Bay on one side with deep ditches on the other side. It is an area of untamed beauty where the last wild native California grasses grow. On the hot day the air was fragrant with eucalyptus, sage and fennel. The views of San Francisco are stunning. There is a small community of house boats in the harbor.

Given the fear factor of getting to the harbor, I need a confirmed report of worthwhile food. It could be very pleasant sitting on the dock and enjoying a pleasant Sunday breakfast. Any first hand experience?

The café is open 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday.

Info on ‘wild grass’


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