Greater East Bay
Corners Tavern 1342 Broadway Plaza, (925) 948-8711. L-D daily, SunBr; $$$. Reservations advised.
Featuring an eclectic mix of seating and decor—Grimms fairytale wall murals painted by an owner, recycled antique snake cages turned room dividers holding the unexpected (think Barbie sitting in a champagne glass), wooden booths made from remnants of a Southern Oregon dairy farm barn, and even a floor threshold made from pennies. On nice days, two massive garage doors at the front are raised to open an outdoor patio. Sunday brunch features some unusual items--mild red chilaquiles topped with a sunny-side-up egg, a wild-mushroom omelette with potatoes fried in duck fat—as well as a killer hamburger served on a plank. The pastry chef prepares the goods for a don’t-miss pastry basket that includes a scrumptious blackberry muffin, a light lemon scone, a gigantic butter croissant, and a thick piece of pound cake (it was actually served on a plank, and I was glad we needed to take some home for breakfast the next day). Since the restaurant is at the south end of the town’s big mall, it is convenient to shopping before or after.
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