Elmwood Cafe 2900 College Ave./Russell St., (510) 843-1300; www.elmwoodcafe.com. Daily 7am-10pm; $. In the space formerly occupied by the beloved Ozzie’s Soda Fountain, this more refined cafe serves up a limited menu. Hot drinks include cafe au lait in a bowl, lattes, hot chocolate, chai, and apple cider, and cool drinks include fresh-squeezed lemonade and orange juice, seltzer water, and Ozzie’s soda with housemade syrup. Both a bank of 1920s wood banquettes and cafe tables offer a super view of the street, and sidewalk seating or counter seating on red vinyl-covered swivel stools are also an option. Breakfast choices include a whole-grain waffle, house-made granola, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of pastries. Sandwiches and salads join the menu at 11 a.m.
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