I've got more of a savory tooth than a sweet one when it comes to breakfast, so I usually pass on pancakes and waffles and start scanning the menu for omelets and other egg dishes. Breakfast sandwiches -- whether on biscuits, rolls or other breads -- are one of my go-to morning items (especially if I need a portable meal), and fortunately there's plenty of delicious options available around my neighborhood. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and if you're looking for bagel-related choices, check out this previous guide.
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The retro-hunting lodge-cum-antiques shop vibe is strong at Stag's Lunchette, but its comfort food menu is a modern take on classic American sandwiches. While the menu changes weekly (check Facebook or Twitter for updates), their tasty breakfast sandwich usually makes an appearance. The oil-poached egg with melted Gruyère cheese and a smattering of greens piled on top of a soft brioche roll is held together by a rich helping of garlicky aioli. You can add bacon or smoked trout if you want some meaty extras for your sandwich. Stag's also serves up other breakfast items until 10:45AM, including bagelwiches or paninis.
362 17th St. [Map]
Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: (510) 835-7824
Hours: (Breakfast Hours) Mon-Fri 8am-10:45am; Sat-Sun 9am-12pm
Facebook: Stag's Lunchette
Price range: $$ Entrees ($11-$17)
Best Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich
Hop on or off BART at the West Oakland station, and you'll be right across the street from the Mandela Foods Cooperative. This neighborhood grocery store also houses Zella's Soulful Kitchen, a small café and catering company that specializes in Southern-inspired cuisine. They offer a wide array of alluring breakfast items, but their egg-and-cheese biscuit sandwich is the most drool-worthy way to jumpstart your morning. It's a pretty substantive sandwich that'll tide you over way past lunchtime, but you can pile on bacon or chicken sausage if you're seeking additional decadent toppings.