We had a terrific breakfast yesterday at this small storefront on San Pablo Ave. My sister-in-law is a pancake freak and swears by this cakes here, so we gave it a shot.
I ordered a modified Shutter's Special (2 eggs, 2 cakes and 2 strips bacon), subbing in blueberry cakes and the house-made sausage patty for bacon. Wow, great sausage; a thin, roundish disk about 4-5" across, made with fresh cilantro and a light touch of salt, juicy, not fatty. Sausage that actually tastes like the pig from which it came, what a thought. The pancakes were light and fluffy, but not enough blueberries for my taste. For the record, my dad's cakes are still the best.
My husband ordered the omelette of the day- bacon, tomato, and cheddar. Now, I am NOT an omelette fan; invariably they are either too eggy or overstuffed, but this was the perfect balance. A very thin layer of tender egg, with crisp bacon, fresh tomato, and oozing with sharp cheddar. It's the omelette I always imagined while reading Juia Child's books.
We were both pleasantly surprised by the grilled-not-toasted English muffin too. Tim ordered toast, got the muffins, and immediately the chef ran out with the toast and an apology. Nice touch.
Raphael's Shutter Cafe
10064 San Pablo Ave. (between Fairmont and Central)
El Cerrito, CA
(510) 525 4227