Greater East Bay
Sideboard 411 Hartz Ave., (925) 984-2713. B-L-D daily; $-$$. No reservations.
Situated on the town’s main street, in a historic building that was once part of the Danville Hotel, this ultra-casual, cheery spot is especially perfect for a relaxing breakfast (served until 11 a.m. on weekdays, to noon on weekends). Order at the counter, then choose from an array of tables inside or outside and settle in. Everything is organic and made on site. French morning buns are among the goodies in the drool-provoking pastry case, and eggs Benedict is available Friday through Sunday. More items include beignets with housemade preserves, breakfast puddingwith asparagus and goat cheese, and poached farmhouse eggs on levain toast. This is the only restaurant in Contra Costa County to serve Blue Bottle coffee, and most of the many coffee drinks are served French-style in big bowls. At lunch, the #12 is most popular—a chicken breast salad with avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.
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