260 Floresta Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94578 | 510.351.0463 | website
My cousin Megu recently directed Mr. K and I to this local restaurant after hearing us whinge about the lack of a really good breakfast spot in our fair city of San Leandro. We regularly shop at the OSH hardware/garden shop in the same complex, but from the looks of the outside we had assumed it was another mediocre restaurant stuck in a bygone era, slinging greasy and uninspired hash… We went to check it out and I’m glad to say that we were so very wrong – we have been for breakfast almost every weekend since!
The interior has a certain nostalgic appeal, cushy booths with swanky naugahyde upholstery that just purrs supperclub… even the stools at the counter have been given the royal treatment, and match all of the chairs in the overflow banquet room next door.
Each table is well appointed, the condiment station includes Tabasco, ketchup, a shaker of parmesan, a stack of jam tubs and a bottle of the fabulous Pepper Plant Hot Sauce that is my hot sauce of choice. The menu offers classic diner fare, many have a Greek flair as the restaurant is family run, and are originally from Kyparissi, Greece. Most importantly, they serve breakfast all day long.
The first time we visited I had to try the Ligurian Omelette, which was filled with a delicious mixture of goat cheese, basil, asparagus and onion. Omelettes are served with hash browns or home fried potatoes or fruit salad, and choice of toast, butter and jelly.
The egg was a cooked a little more than I like, as it had a browned crust and was a bit dry and crumbly (I like my eggs soft and creamy). But inside, the filling was intensely flavorful from the tangy goat cheese, aromatic basil and fresh asparagus and onion. I wonder if I could order it less well done? But overall, this was very good.
A side of Linguica $4, a mildly spicy smoked portuguese sausage. A bit dry but satisfyingly chewy, I had no problems finishing it.
Mr. K had a breakfast plate of two eggs cooked over easy, three pieces of sausage, toast and kick-ass hashbrowns ($7.99). By kickass, that means they are cooked on the griddle to a delectably crisp crust, crunchy, chewy and meltingly tender on the inside.
He was especially excited about the toast, which was perfectly crisped and slathered generously with butter that had melted into the bread. This is how toast should be.
The next visit I couldn’t resist ordering the Eggs Genovese, poached eggs served with goat cheese, tomatoes and basil over toasted english muffin and a few generous ladles of rich hollandaise sauce.
The combination was unusual and delicious. I loved the bright tangy flavors of the goat cheese along with the fresh tomato slices and pungent basil leaves. All that green stuff, that’s not spinach, that’s basil!
On the other end of the scale, Mr. K craved something light and healthy, and ordered the Omelette made with Low Cholesterol Egg Whites, filled with a mixture of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions & mushrooms. He said it was bland, but that’s what the hot sauce is for.
Another visit he had the eggs plate but said the potatoes weren’t cooked as crispy. Can you specify crispness, I wonder? We shall see… Anyways we came later in the day, and I was thinking about a sandwich and chose a green salad as my side. It was big, and came with a cellophane wrapped packet of saltine crackers. A standard salad of iceberg lettuce, chunks of cucumber, cherry tomatoes and croutons from a box.
I enjoyed the Elios Famous Grilled Crab Sandwich ($10.95), served with swiss cheese and chunks of avocado. The bread was buttered and toasted on the griddle and developed a nice crunchy crust and melted the cheese. The crab mixture had also been griddled and had a lightly crisped edge! Very decadent and rich.
Daily dinner specials (click here for a sample menu) include choice of vanilla ice cream, rainbow sherbet, jello, tapioca or rice pudding for dessert; baked potato, mashed potato, french fries, spaghetti or rice for a side, and your choice of homemade cup of soup, dinner salad for a first course. The special also includes coffee or tea (sodas not included). Sandwiches on the specials menu only include a cup of soup. That’s quite a hearty meal! And it’s a good thing they have such big cushy booths to sprawl out in…
p.s. I really apologize that I haven’t been posting much, life has gotten in the way. My girlie kat has been sick and this is a photo of our sliding glass door that got smashed last weekend by some thugs. I’ve been distracted to say the least…