Pie for Breakfast is a trendy diner in Oakland serving up creative diner fare and homemade pies.
The menu here goes beyond just the basic eggs and bacon staples and ventures deftly into steaks, kielbasa, quiches, biscuits and gravy, and a good selection of healthier vegetarian options as well.
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Pie for Breakfast Serves Higher End Diner Fare
We visited on a crowded weekday around lunchtime and took a seat at the bar to hasten our meal along. We perused the menu and basically wanted one of everything, so ordering was challenging.
Two things we knew we had to try: the house-made salt rising bread, and a slice of pie. We decided to order on opposite ends of the spectrum – Jeremy went with a steak and I went with the vegetarian tofu scramble.
The tofu scramble was exceedingly delicious with incredibly creamy, fluffy, almost cheesy tasting tofu stuffed full of cremini mushrooms and kale. The scramble was supposed to be served with braised greens which sounded fantastic, but they were out so we decided on pickled beets instead.
And as if that wasn't enough food, the dish also came with rich and hardy black eyed peas and salt rising bread toast. The bread was sliced on the thicker side and had a fine crumb and a pleasant funky tang that complemented the homemade grape jelly served on the side (extra cost).
Normally I would steer way the heck away from ordering steak at a diner, but the minute steak we had here was the real deal.
It was good quality meat (from a local-ish Saxonburg butcher) cooked super tender and juicy and bathed in herb butter. The steak came with our choice of two sides; we opted for mujadara and home fries. The home fries were well-seasoned big hunks of potatoes with a slightly crispy exterior, while the mujadara was an unexpectedly delightful savory mix of rice, lentils, and onions.
Pie is a Must, Naturally
Now, let's talk about pie. As you might expect from the restaurant name, they have a full pie menu here with several selections that change daily. We had heard about the vinegar pie and knew we had to try something so unique – we were not disappointed!
The vinegar pie was a revelation with nicely browned, super thick and flaky crust cocooning the custardy, sugary, slightly tangy filling with a thick layer of caramelized sugar on top. If this pie is any indication, we need to return stat to try all of the other flavors.
We didn't partake in the bar selection but if you're feeling so inclined they do offer beer, wine, coffee cocktails, and other brunch cocktails like mules and spritzes.
For us, Pie for Breakfast definitely lived up to the hype with elevated, home cooked diner food. Whatever you do, just be sure to save room for pie!
Pie for Breakfast is located at 200 N Craig Street in Oakland.