I've checked on the board, but it seems most of the discussion centers around brunch/lunch and dinner recs for this area. I'm looking for a nice breakfast place (one that is open at 9am on a Saturday) close to the Merritt Bakery / Grand Lake Theater area with interesting items on the menu. Although I'm pretty sure the bakery will be open at that time, I'm looking for something a bit nicer, where a few friends can gather for a chat. Also, due to time constraints (I will need to bounce out of there at a moment's notice) hopefully the recs will include places where the bill can be settled quite quickly. Please don't list Noah's or Starbucks.
I've heard that Arizmendi (sp?) is good, but not sure they are open that early... would love to try some of their stuff, though. If there really aren't places open at that time, we are willing to head to other areas around the lake and even towards downtown Oakland, Rockridge, and even Fruitvale.