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Cock-a-Doodle Cafe, Oakland CA

There was nothing in the fridge or cabinets this morning for a decent brunch since we slept and, because we just moved in, we hadn’t done grocery shopping yet.  Zach found Cock-a-Doodle Cafe online looking for “best breakfast oakland,” and we can see why diners would feel that way.  Latin/American fusion for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, with an impressive selection of fanciful coffees and cocktails, this establishment merits a few visits.

house strawberry lemonade

house strawberry lemonade

Despite having seeds, Zach wanted to try the lemonade – made in house, organic, and very refreshing.  It was strong in strawberry flavor with lemon as a medium background, not too sweet but not too sour.  There was some pulp, and the garnishes were cute.

fried poach egg benedict

fried poach egg benedict

His entree isn’t on the online menu, but off the in house menu he ordered this version of Eggs Benedict.  Poached eggs with smoked pork loin, tomato, avocado, and lemon caper sauce were deliciously layered on English muffin.  The egg whites were tender while the yolk was still rich and creamy, all over breaded with a crispy cornmeal crust.  The smoky pork loin was also tender, and lean.  Sweet tomato and creamy avocado were both fresh, and the rich Hollandaise was tangy thanks to the capers.  With a choice of house griddle potatoes or organic greens, and being in a breakfast mood more so than lunch, Zach chose the potatoes; they were crispy and very savory with onion, garlic, and the right amount of salt.

mexican hot chocolate

mexican hot chocolate

August’s Mexican hot chocolate took a bit longer to make than Zach’s strawberry lemonade, so this big bowl barely had room on the table, competing with the other items taking up space.  It was very mild and an easy way for someone new to Mexican hot chocolate to ease into the “spices,” because  for this it was cinnamon that stood out the most.  It was very easy to sip, but you almost don’t want to disturb it because it’s so pretty.

old oakland omelette

old oakland omelette

The egg in August’s omelette was fluffy with no skin, nor was it overcooked (causing the egg to brown).  It looks simple, but inside it hides thick-cut pancetta, chipotle aioli, green onions, tomato, and cheddar.  The cheese is creamy, balancing out the flavorful but not-too-spicy aioli.  The green onions were on the inside, not on the outside like she had anticipated, so they were slightly cooked and therefore not too strong.  She enjoyed the same potatoes that Zach did, but she wished there was more omelette for a few more bites of delight.

half-order of graham cracker-crusted french toast

half-order of graham cracker-crusted french toast

Zach found out a little too late that the french toast has poppy seeds, but we both thought it was fantastic.  It had a little more texture than your typical french toast with a thin, crisp, and crunchy graham cracker layer.  Light, airy, and somewhat pillowy in the center, the thick-cut bread was slightly sweet so we used very little syrup.  For the price and size, being a half-order, this is a great deal and a unique find.

Raul, our server, was attentive and understanding.  We found this place on a whim, but with perfect timing, we didn’t realize we were going to be right next to the Old Oakland Farmers Market where Zach found inspiration for dinner.  Even further, August overheard the lady at the table next to us mention to Raul that her family used to own the very building we were eating in.  What an introduction to living in Oakland!

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Posted on April 5, 2013, in Restaurants and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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