Sam’s Log Cabin 945 San Pablo Ave./Solano Ave., in Albany, (510) 558-0494. B-L Tu-Sun; $$. No reservations. Built in 1930 from a Sears & Roebuck catalog kit, this tiny, cozy log cabin has worn floors, lace curtains, and comfy banquettes along the walls.
|exterior of Sam's Log Cabin in Albany, California|
I was expecting a counter with swivel stools, but that isn’t happening. However, seating is comfortable, and overflow tables are available on a back porch that is especially nice in good weather. The crowd here is notably hipster.
|interior of Sam's Log Cabin in Albany, California|
Quality ingredients include local organic produce, in-house whole-animal butchery, and in-house curing (it’s hard to imagine how they manage this, since this is a very little log cabin).
|counter area at Sam's Log Cabin in Albany, California|
Breakfast is perhaps the most popular meal here and is served all day. The menu features pancakes with fruit, a daily scramble special made with organic eggs (I enjoyed a satisfying white cheddar cheese-smoked ham-zucchini version, but had them put the zucchini on the side),
|daily scramble at Sam's Log Cabin in Albany, California|
and mild chilaquiles. OJ is fresh-squeezed, and scones and biscuits are housemade and a don’t-miss. Lunch includes soups made from scratch, seasonal salads with local greens, and housemade fish sticks. Thanksgiving coffee from Mendocino is the drink of choice. Items remaining on my to-try list include banana walnut pancakes, biscuits with gravy, and the egg salad and turkey sandwiches.
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