This travel blog focuses on things to do in BERKELEY and SAN FRANCISCO. It also features more travel destinations throughout Northern California. All are presented in small, easy-to-digest chunks of text along with plenty of photos so you really get the picture. Discover even more weekend adventures at my BERKELEY AND BEYOND website at www.berkeleyandbeyond.com. This blog is a continuation of my out-of-print guidebook--WEEKEND ADVENTURES IN SAN FRANCISCO & NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.
TOAST is toast--CLOSED 5800 Nave Dr., in Hamilton Marketplace, (415) 382-1144. B-L-D daily; $$.
The large, clean-lined, barn of a room at Toast Novato has a long open kitchen with counter seating, several communal tables, and a central bar area with sports TVs. Children make happy sounds, and sometimes the smell of almost-burned toast permeates the air. The extensive menu offers contemporary American comfort food in the form of custom-made omelettes and scrambles at breakfast (served until 2:30), poached salmon or heirloom tomato sandwiches on bruschetta at lunch, and a chopped salad and assortment of pizzas at dinner. The kids menu features Minnie Mouse pancakes and mini burgers. Sweet conclusions include a classic root beer, banana cream pie, and vanilla Heath Bar bread pudding.