Organic and healthy, the brunch style that Homegrown Oakland presents reveals the healthier and greener side of consumption. With its options including green smoothies, juices, salad bowls, and toasts that contain organic produce, it isn’t hard to tell why so many lovers of healthy lifestyles migrate here. Unlike the classic version of brunch, Homegrown Oakland shows that customers can fill up on healthy foods that are sourced from local Californian farmers. With seasonal menus, and decorated in a monochromatic theme, this brunch spot truly is a concept to get into.
Doyle Street Café
Serving food for two decades, Doyle Street Café brings comfort into the food industry. With both a weekend and weekday menu, the choices seem to be unlimited and catered to a brunch lover’s palate. From simple omelets to their version of home fries with some added bacon, this spot is ideal to take any family member. Spaced out with plenty of seating, enjoy the intoxicating smells of the kitchen while using that blessed natural lighting for your filtered Instagram shots.
Brunch has taken a new turn for foodies, because newly opened Polaris Café is presenting something that makes Emeryville a hotspot for Bay Area food enthusiasts. With their in-house creations, it seems Polaris Café is in the business of making sure their customers leave both healthy, and happily full. Travel around the world with their weekly specials that feature cuisine inspired from different countries. Decorated to feel as if in a terrarium, explore the wonders Polaris Café offers, while feeling at one with nature.
Emery Bay Café
Emery Bay Café serves up hot cakes, with a large stash of hash browns on the side. Open from 6:00 am to 16:00 pm, choose from their combo specials, or even a wrap – the menu’s variety could be considered overwhelming. Visited by locals and brunch aficionados, this family friendly joint will be a new favorite on your list.
Slightly hidden from sight, Basic Café, is nothing but basic when it comes to that industrial decorated food joint aesthetic. Lit by just the right amount of sunlight, this haunt has both outside and indoor seating, and a coffee bar for those who are on the go. Serving egg sandwiches, French toast, and the classic breakfast burrito, the options seem endless. Open until 3:00 pm, this joint not only serves traditional breakfasts – on certain days it doubles as a popular happy hour spot.
Crepes A la Cart
Located just outside of the shopping district of Emeryville, this bay street cart serves up multiple variations of crepes, for both sweet lovers and those who prefer savory dishes. Ranging from classic nutella to chicken pesto, Crepes A la Cart shows you what’s in store with their happy hour deal that will make you order more than just one. With very limited seating, expect to see many customers walking around with a crepe in hand.
Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café
Serving both classic breakfast meals and vegetarian dishes like buffalo tofu wings, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café truly thinks about all the needs of its customers. Kid-friendly and decorated with a row of dolls dressed in diner uniforms, this spot is unique to say the least. With rows of interior booths and outdoor seating, this location is perfect for the weekend brunch plans with your friends or family.
Best Coast Burritos
Serving a different type of meal, Best Coast Burritos brings its take on Mexican food to town. Promising to serve fresh and wholesome ingredients, this place creates its own salsas and creamy sauces. Whether you go for their surf and turf burrito, tacos, loaded fries, or even to create your own meal, one can’t deny that this fusion spot is worth a try. However, for those who aren’t in the mood for lunch, Best Coast Burritos also serves breakfast burritos.
Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant serves up classic dim sum meals. Menu items range from a variety of dumplings, noodles, veggies, and an assortment of Chinese cooked meats. Enjoy a meal with some tea, and let your kids watch the sea creatures swim in their individual tanks. This dim sum hot spot serves as a unique brunch adventure, giving you a change of pace from your average cafe.
Farley’s On 65th
Not to be mistaken by its sister branch, Farley’s East in uptown Oakland, Farley’s on 65th presents a variety of paninis and house made granolas that the locals love. With a smaller list of options for their breakfast, the menu offers an abundance of choices. This small franchise specializes in not only their well-known coffee, but also the sandwiches that are made from scratch. Open until 4:00 pm on weekdays, and 3:00 pm on weekends, this joint features outside seating that overlooks the industrial location. So come down and enjoy their weekly special panini or even their monthly special salads before they’re gone.