Greater East Bay
Geppetto’s Caffe 87 Orinda Way, (925) 253-9894. B-L M-Sat; $. No reservations.
Counter-service at this popular spot is usually fast, but sometimes it gets backed up in the morning when customers order espressos and the chocolaty Mexican mocha, a favorite. A tree- and umbrella-shaded patio is prime in good weather and has a nice view of the golf course across the street, but inside with A.C. is good, too. Breakfast includes a made-to-order egg sandwich (think bacon, egg, and swiss on sunflower wheat), hardboiled eggs, a breakfast burrito, bagels, and an array of pastries from Semifreddi’s (the only pastry made in-house is the chocolate chip cookie). For lunch, choose from a short-but-sweet menu of sandwiches and salads. My faves are the curry chicken sandwich on fluffy housemade sunflower wheat bread, the avocado-turkey-bacon with basil mayo, and the delish chicken-melted Brie-pesto on sourdough. I also like the hot pastrami on rye and plan to try the BLAT next time. Note that the turkey club has been described as “orgasmic.” Sandwiches are big, but you are able to order just a half if you must. A soup of the day and an assortment of salads are also available, and salted caramel gelato or affogato gelato “drowned” in espresso makes the perfect ending.
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