I keep wanting to like Eunice because it's so conveniently located. But the baked goods are unappealing (my scone was tasteless and the other offerings did not attract me), the coffee was not particularly good, and there you have it. In a cafe, those two strikes are enough for an out.
I have to add my voice to those who had disappointing experiences at Lalime's. It comes billed as a good alternative to Chez Panisse, but in my experience it was nowhere close. I chose it for a special birthday dinner and was really looking forward to it. The restaurant was much too noisy for conversation. The cheese appetizer was nice, but the main dishes were, as another reviewer wrote, bland and uninteresting. We didn't want to stay for dessert or linger. Service was perfunctory.
The Sunnyside, at the corner of Santa Fe and Solano, has become a mainstay of local social life, with its outdoor tables offering a nice option for beautiful days. Yummy, stick to your ribs breakfasts include egg dishes that vary day to day (great Eggs Benedict) as well as great variations on pancakes and waffles. A lunchtime favorite is the chicken with cranberry salad. Reasonably priced.
The exterior of Sam's sells itself; it really is a little log cabin on San Pablo. The interior is also nostalgic and fun and warm. American food of the hearty variety is deliciously prepared here; the only drawback is the cost. I really thought that it was too expensive.
Warm and friendly, Mangia Mangia serves up great, imaginative Italian food at not-stratospheric prices. I have gone with kids (the spaghetti bolognese will satisfy the pickier among them) and just one adult, and all my experiences have been special. Lots of good menu choices, my favorite was the butternut squash ravioli with burnt butter. Oh yes, and the chocolate souffle, which needs to be ordered at the start of dinner to be ready on time.