Café eugene brings daily brunch to solano avenue in albany _ bay area bites _ kqed food

Albany, California is to Berkeley what Berkeley once was to San Francisco: a chill town where parking is easy, people aren’t in a hurry, and it’s OK to linger over a meal. Avocado and egg dinner It’s the perfect spot for a brunch menu that runs until 3pm every day, complete with Catahoula coffee for the morning set, craft cocktails for afternoon diners, and a menu that is planted squarely in both breakfast and lunch, leaving no craving unaddressed.

What is Oregon cooking, anyway? Besides the stellar berries and wild salmon, it’s not a lot different from the cooking of the Berkeley of yore, a town once known as a West Coast hippie enclave. Avocado and scrambled egg recipes In other words, it’s healthful, carefully prepared with local ingredients, and satiating.


Avocado and egg yolk hair mask We used to call it “farm-to-table,” but now that goes without saying.

Co-owner Ryan Murff, along with partner Jon Guhl — the duo also own Little Star Pizza and Boss Burger in the same block — grew up in Eugene Oregon, and the menu reflects some of Murff’s favorite childhood dishes.

The menu is so compelling that it’s hard to choose what to order. Avocado egg boat recipe We tried three dishes, starting with “green eggs and sam,” whose central feature, a homemade biscuit, was just the right ratio of soft to crisp, not at all sweet, and dense without being heavy. Baked egg and avocado (Our server said the biscuits were actually in homage to chef Amanda Joost Gehring’s grandmother. Egg and avocado recipes for breakfast She isn’t from Oregon, but they’re so good it hardly matters.) In between were eggs scrambled with kale, avocado slices, and slices of exquisite house-smoked salmon. Poached egg and avocado on toast On top, hollandaise sauce, something I’ve avoided for many years because of its reputation (in American restaurants) for over-emulsified heaviness. Avocado and egg hair treatment This homemade version was light and lemony, as delightful a sauce as it was meant to be. Avocado and egg sandwich recipes On the side, crispy fried potatoes sang with earthy simplicity, topped with sour cream and chives.

The tofu paté sandwich is the one menu item that really does seem straight off a 1980s vegan menu. Avocado and egg breakfast recipes I honestly don’t know how it tastes so good, but it starts with Acme Italian batard. Avocado egg yolk honey hair mask The toast is slathered with the paté, a creamy, herbaceous spread that is rich without being heavy, and topped with julienned rainbow carrots and a mixture of herbs and sprouts. Baked avocado with egg in the middle It’s light, but filling, and modeled, according to Murff, after Eugene restaurant Toby’s claim to fame.

And we tried a twist on chile rellenos, a “strata” made from roasted poblano chiles, gruyere and mild cheese curds, topped with a poached egg and served with a Treviso chicory salad. Avocado and egg sandwich healthy It’s the perfect occasion to ask for the homemade habañero hot sauce, a super-spicy, but not bitter, sauce that goes well with all the egg dishes.

Kim Westerman has been writing about food and wine for most of her adult life. Salad with avocado and egg Originally from North Carolina, she moved to Berkeley in 2006 to pursue the California dream, which, it turns out, is all it’s cracked up to be. Avocado and egg calories She’s a farmers’ market junkie, a lover of all things tomato, and Champagne-obsessed. Egg in avocado recipe pinterest She loves to cook with her kids, seven and two, and she makes frequent pilgrimages to International Boulevard in search of her next favorite Mexican dish. Egg and avocado toast She spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about food and wine pairing, often starting with the wine and working backwards when planning menus. Egg and avocado for breakfast She is a Level I Sommelier and a Licensed Q-Grader. Avocado deviled eggs recipe paleo Her work has appeared in KQED’s Bay Area Bites, Forbes.com, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tasting Table, Fodor’s Travel Guides, and lots of other publications. Avocado and egg salad recipe You can follow Kim on Twitter @kimwesterman