In August, I started to notice a new restaurant in Temescal on my bus rides to and from work. I saw that it was called Horseshoe, but I couldn’t figure out much more about it. There was outdoor seating, huge windows in the front, and lots of flowers outside. I searched online to see what I could find out about it, but it took a while for it to even appear on Yelp. But when it finally did, I found out some very good news – they serve breakfast!
We have no shortage of delicious food here in north Oakland, but our breakfast choices are a bit limited. There’s the Rockridge Cafe, which is passable; Somerset, which is delicious but a bit too pricey and heavy to eat at regularly; and then there’s Hide Away Cafe, which you should never go to – it’s terrible!
So over the past month and a half, I’ve gotten myself pretty excited about trying out Horseshoe, which I finally did yesterday morning.
The restaurant itself is gorgeous. It’s filled with rich wood, colorful paintings, and tons of sunlight. We sat next to the window, and it was great to be able to look out onto Telegraph and feel the breeze. Our waiter was not only nice, but also genuinely funny. So by the time our food arrived, I was already pretty much in love with the place.
My girlfriend ordered blueberry pancakes and I got the ortega omelet. In this case, the pictures certainly do speak louder than words…
The omelet was exactly what I was looking for – the eggs were light and fluffy, and the mixture of the mild chiles, generous heaping of avocado, and tomatoes worked well together. The potatoes were not excellent, but were still good – cooked well, but spiced a bit unevenly. And the salsa fresca was pretty much perfect, which helped both the potatoes and omelet.
My girlfriend loved her pancakes, which were filled with tons of whole blueberries. And with drinks and tip, the whole meal only cost $25.
I’m not sure I can recommend this restaurant highly enough, for breakfast at least. The waiter told us that business has been a bit slow, and I’m guessing that’s because word hasn’t traveled yet. The space is charming, you’ll never have to wait for a table, you can sit outside and enjoy the sun, and if you go on a Sunday, you can wander down to the Temescal Farmers Market afterwords. Also, though this isn’t an issue for me, Horseshoe is very kid friendly. There were several families eating at the restaurant and three kids playing on the floor – they were having a blast, and no one seemed to mind
So head down to Temescal to try it out, and don’t be surprised if you see me there.
4721 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Walkable from MacArthur BART or from AC Transit lines 1/1R, 18, 12, 14, and 57.