December 28, 2022

Oakland: Fentons Creamery; restaurant review

880 South

Fentons Creamery  4226 Piedmont Ave./Entrada Ave.  Free parking lot adjoins. 

Enormous portions of housemade 12% to 14% butterfat ice cream is the name of the game at this well-established ice cream parlor, in business here since 1922 and remodeled in 2003 after a devastating fire.  

ice cream flavors menu at Fentons Creamery in Oakland California
ice cream flavors menu at Fentons Creamery in Oakland California

Favorite flavors for Fentons freaks looking for a fix are toasted almond and Swiss milk chocolate.  Many of the sundaes are big enough  to share among several people.  

server deliveing the goods at Fentons Creamery in Oakland, California
server deliveing the goods at Fentons Creamery in Oakland, California

If all those people eating out of one bowl is unappealing, ask for extra bowls.  Grandmas and grandpas will want to know that if they are age 65+ they can order from the children’s menu.  I did that and found that my sundae was just the right size.  And from all those exotic flavors Grandpa and I each chose vanilla, while my granddaughter chose strawberry.  Drinks include milkshakes served in old-fashioned metal canisters as well as sodas, floats, and sherbet freezes.  The menu also offers soups and salads, hamburgers, and an assortment of sandwiches, including the delicious house specialty--fresh crab salad on grilled sourdough.  Seating is in a large, open room with booths around the perimeter and an atmospheric sea of old-fashioned marble-top tables and wire-back chairs in the center. 

good to the last drop at Fentons Creamery in Oakland, California
good to the last drop at Fentons Creamery in Oakland, California


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two top images ©2022 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; bottom image ©2022 Gene Meyers


October 8, 2022

Stewart's Point: Stewarts Point Store; restaurant review

1 North

Stewart's Point Store  

32000 Coast Hwy. 1, north of Jenner just past Salt Point State Park, (707) 785-2011.  W-Sun 7:30am-3:30pm.  

exterior of Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California
exterior of Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California


After driving for long enough to convince yourself that you’ll never find the Stewart's Point Store, it appears like a mirage on the ocean side of the highway.  The structure is big and imposing and so, fortunately, is hard to miss.  Though there are three antique gas pumps out front, they no longer dispense gas--a reminder to always fill up your tank before starting out on Highway One.  

interior of Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California
interior of Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California


Dating to 1868, and family owned and operated since 1881, this old-time general store is one giant open room with a high ceiling and worn wood floors.  Place your lunch order at the counter in back, where a coffee bar and fresh housemade pastries--think cookies, muffins, and more--await, and a selection of sandwiches are made to order with housemade bread.  And you know the bread is good because there is a non-stop stream of locals stopping in to pick up a baguette and more local goodies.  

pastry display at Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California
pastry display at Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California


I chose the Pilgrim Turkey Sandwich consisting of a huge helping of sliced house-roasted turkey breast, gruyere, sauteed onion, and housemade cranberry sauce that brings pleasant thoughts of a Thanksgiving feast to mind.  It comes on a baguette, but I subbed in the whole wheat bread.  All the meats are house smoked.  Delicious calzones, made-from-scratch soups, salads, and soft-serve ice cream are also options.  Veggie and vegan alternatives are available.  Quality in general is delightfully high, and the staff is friendly and helpful.   

pharmacy at Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California
pharmacy at Stewart's Point Store, in Stewart's Point, California


Fitting the description of a general store, the inventory found on shelves and in repurposed antique ice boxes found around the interior hold everything from old-time candy bars to artisan cheeses to hand-knit beanies and neck scarfs.  A porch outside offers bench seating, and glamping sites are available to rent, too.


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images c2021 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


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