Greater East Bay
Rising Loafer 3643 Mt. Diablo Blvd., by Trader Joe’s, (510) 284-8816. B-L W-Sun (7-3); $$; cash only. Breakfast is the most popular time at this small coffee shop. Eggs Benedict come with either ham or spinach (both are very tasty), and many varieites of omelette are on the menu. I prefer breakfast with a cup of fruit rather than the home fries. Though the Everything Crepe is the most popular dish on the menu, I plan to buck the crowds and try their fresh peach dessert crepe next time. Fresh-baked breads make the sandwiches extra good--the consensus is that the Reuben is a really good choice—and salads and housemade soups are also options. Outside tables are inviting in good weather.
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