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#Baconslut at The Gastropig
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Ellen Fort

The East Bay's Best Breakfast Sandwiches

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#Baconslut at The Gastropig
| Ellen Fort

If L.A. is the place for breakfast burritos, then the Bay Area is the place for breakfast sandwiches. The East Bay has plenty of the hot, crunchy, and melty specimens. In fact, Bay Area dwellers love breakfast sandwiches so much that there are even several restaurants entirely devoted to making them. And what’s not to love? They’re delicious, affordable, fast, and depending what you order on them, they can be nutritious (frisée counts right?). And let's not forget that the humble breakfast sandwich is also a tried-and-true cure for the morning after a late night out.

From fully loaded bagels at Sunrise to the fried chicken waffle at Hideout, here are a few of the contenders for the best breakfast sandwiches in the East Bay. Breakfast never tasted so good.

Did we miss your favorite place for a morning sandwich? Remain calm, and let us know in the comments.

Note: points are listed alphabetically, not geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe 3016

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3016 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94602

Friendly, fast and always on point, Cafe 3016’s “The Works” breakfast sandwich is a favorite amongst Oakland locals. While this sandwich has the usual suspects of eggs, bacon and avocado, there’s a garlic-y spicy sauce that brings it all home.

2. Cracked

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4901 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 520-4265

Cracked is the go-to spot in North Oakland for fancy-sounding sandwiches on the cheap. For $7, your options include a mushroom pesto with parmesan crisps, a corned beef hash with miso mayo and a smoked ham with miso butter. Feeling the tropical vibes? Try the spam. All sandwiches are served on a grilled, buttery pan de sal roll. For an additional $2, there’s the option of a side of hash browns or French toast bites. The pop-up at Blackwater Station is from 9 a.m.- 1 pm., Friday through Wednesday.

3. Elmwood Cafe

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2900 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 843-1300
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Berkeley residents in search of a classic panini-style breakfast sandwich that hits all the right spots need look no further than Elmwood Cafe. Options include egg and cheese with bacon, mushrooms or greens. All come hot off the grill and ready to devour, alongside a bowl filled with coffee.

4. Hippies Brew

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21988 Foothill Blvd #103
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 969-2739

Can’t decide between French toast and a breakfast sandwich? You don’t have to. This extremely friendly, artsy spot is a Hayward gem that makes a “freakin’ French toast sandwich” loaded with egg, ham, cheese and anything else your heart desires (within the realm of breakfast food).

5. Kefa Coffee

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422 29th Ave
Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 261-3400
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These guys basically do two things, and they do them well — coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Only open until 1:30 p.m. on weekdays, Kefa is best for an early morning bite that will keep you full until well past your regular lunchtime. Brian's breakfast sandwich — made with avocado, egg, spinach and bacon — is your best option. Hot, crunchy, melty...need we say more?

6. Pattys Original Cheese Zombies

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Natives of Contra Costa County are well acquainted with the region’s legendary cheese zombie, a soft baked bun with melty cheese and a choice of extras (like ham and jalapeno) stuffed inside. For the rest of us, driving out to partake in this local breakfast sandwich ritual is a trip worth taking. Think hot pockets, but better.

7. Starline Social Club

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645 W Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 593-2109
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A new addition to the breakfast (and breakfast sandwich) scene, Starline Social Club's Oakland Tea Parlor pop-up has great tea, and a breakfast sandwich that's worth a visit on its own. A perfectly jiggly egg, frisée, cheddar, and bacon are perched on golden brioche; add a matchaltar (a matcha gibraltar) from Steep Tea and you're in business.

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8. Sunrise Bagel Cafe

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2005 Crow Canyon Pl #132
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 242-1188

Those in search of a killer breakfast sandwich on a bagel need look no further. Baked fresh every morning, the cafe has a selection of 36 bagel varieties to choose from. And if you’re all the way out in San Ramon, you’d better just go big or go home — the hot pastrami is layered to the brim.

9. The Gastropig

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2123 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

If you’ve been following the news on recent restaurant openings, you might have noticed that the #baconslut sandwhich has been dominating the menu at Oakland’s newest breakfast hub. The provocatively named sandwich is an assault to the senses, so to speak, with an over-easy egg layered between applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and Aleppo chili aioli on a brioche roll. Get in on that.

10. The Hideout

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3406 MT Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549

This place has a fried chicken waffle sandwich with gravy. It’s sweet and salty and creamy and crunchy. Need we say more? Fine: There's also a selection of great eggs Benedict, plus mimosas.

11. Zella's Soulful Kitchen

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1430 7th St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 452-1151

This small café and catering company offers a variety of Southern breakfast dishes, but the best by far might be its egg-and-cheese biscuit sandwich. The basic option is cheese and eggs on a housemade biscuit. If you’re feeling extra decadent, you can pile on bacon or homemade turkey sausage. Go ahead, treat yo’self.

1. Cafe 3016

3016 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

Friendly, fast and always on point, Cafe 3016’s “The Works” breakfast sandwich is a favorite amongst Oakland locals. While this sandwich has the usual suspects of eggs, bacon and avocado, there’s a garlic-y spicy sauce that brings it all home.

3016 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94602

2. Cracked

4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Cracked is the go-to spot in North Oakland for fancy-sounding sandwiches on the cheap. For $7, your options include a mushroom pesto with parmesan crisps, a corned beef hash with miso mayo and a smoked ham with miso butter. Feeling the tropical vibes? Try the spam. All sandwiches are served on a grilled, buttery pan de sal roll. For an additional $2, there’s the option of a side of hash browns or French toast bites. The pop-up at Blackwater Station is from 9 a.m.- 1 pm., Friday through Wednesday.

4901 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

3. Elmwood Cafe

2900 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Berkeley residents in search of a classic panini-style breakfast sandwich that hits all the right spots need look no further than Elmwood Cafe. Options include egg and cheese with bacon, mushrooms or greens. All come hot off the grill and ready to devour, alongside a bowl filled with coffee.

2900 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

4. Hippies Brew

21988 Foothill Blvd #103, Hayward, CA 94541

Can’t decide between French toast and a breakfast sandwich? You don’t have to. This extremely friendly, artsy spot is a Hayward gem that makes a “freakin’ French toast sandwich” loaded with egg, ham, cheese and anything else your heart desires (within the realm of breakfast food).

21988 Foothill Blvd #103
Hayward, CA 94541

5. Kefa Coffee

422 29th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

These guys basically do two things, and they do them well — coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Only open until 1:30 p.m. on weekdays, Kefa is best for an early morning bite that will keep you full until well past your regular lunchtime. Brian's breakfast sandwich — made with avocado, egg, spinach and bacon — is your best option. Hot, crunchy, melty...need we say more?

422 29th Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

6. Pattys Original Cheese Zombies

Concord, CA 94521

Natives of Contra Costa County are well acquainted with the region’s legendary cheese zombie, a soft baked bun with melty cheese and a choice of extras (like ham and jalapeno) stuffed inside. For the rest of us, driving out to partake in this local breakfast sandwich ritual is a trip worth taking. Think hot pockets, but better.

7. Starline Social Club

645 W Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
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A new addition to the breakfast (and breakfast sandwich) scene, Starline Social Club's Oakland Tea Parlor pop-up has great tea, and a breakfast sandwich that's worth a visit on its own. A perfectly jiggly egg, frisée, cheddar, and bacon are perched on golden brioche; add a matchaltar (a matcha gibraltar) from Steep Tea and you're in business.

645 W Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

8. Sunrise Bagel Cafe

2005 Crow Canyon Pl #132, San Ramon, CA 94583

Those in search of a killer breakfast sandwich on a bagel need look no further. Baked fresh every morning, the cafe has a selection of 36 bagel varieties to choose from. And if you’re all the way out in San Ramon, you’d better just go big or go home — the hot pastrami is layered to the brim.

2005 Crow Canyon Pl #132
San Ramon, CA 94583

9. The Gastropig

2123 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612

If you’ve been following the news on recent restaurant openings, you might have noticed that the #baconslut sandwhich has been dominating the menu at Oakland’s newest breakfast hub. The provocatively named sandwich is an assault to the senses, so to speak, with an over-easy egg layered between applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and Aleppo chili aioli on a brioche roll. Get in on that.

2123 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

10. The Hideout

3406 MT Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

This place has a fried chicken waffle sandwich with gravy. It’s sweet and salty and creamy and crunchy. Need we say more? Fine: There's also a selection of great eggs Benedict, plus mimosas.

3406 MT Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549

11. Zella's Soulful Kitchen

1430 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607

This small café and catering company offers a variety of Southern breakfast dishes, but the best by far might be its egg-and-cheese biscuit sandwich. The basic option is cheese and eggs on a housemade biscuit. If you’re feeling extra decadent, you can pile on bacon or homemade turkey sausage. Go ahead, treat yo’self.

1430 7th St
Oakland, CA 94607

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