Our first day back in the Bay Area was spent exploring Oakland. By the time we got to downtown Oakland, our tummies were telling us it was time for breakfast. Caffe 817 seemed like a popular spot for a quick bite. Outdoor seating, cute dogs, live music, the smell of fresh berries from the farmer’s market… what more can you ask for?
John had the polenta with maple syrup ($5.50), and I had the polenta with a poached egg and blue cheese ($8). It never occurred to me to combine these ingredients, but it was quite tasty. I normally don’t eat much blue cheese, but I loved the saltiness it added to the creamy polenta. Not bad with mimosas! I’ll have to recreate this dish at home sometime.