The Water Cooler – The Best Breakfast Place in Claycord

August 15, 2014 12:00 pm · 110 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

You have to bring a loved one to breakfast tomorrow, where do you go in Claycord?

In other words, tell us your favorite place to eat breakfast!

Talk about it….

Mr.Wonderful August 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Black bear dinner.

Enfield303 August 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

In Claycord Diggers. Out of Claycord Big Daddy Rosses at McAvoys Marina.

Ted Debiase August 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Crank burger on clayton rd plus they got that cutie wit the booty workin on weekday mornings

Gargoyle Socks August 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I can’t choose just one. Here are the tops in no particular order…

Buttercup Concord
Black Bear Diner
Original Pancake House
Sunrise Bistro

Mr.Wonderful August 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Oh, I meant black bear DINER.

Whatever August 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Diggers. Their breakfast scramble special is amazing!!!!! I’ve heard their cinnamon rolls are to die for as well. I would like to try one!

bored@work August 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Sunrise Bistro in Walnut Creek is outstanding. Only problem is getting a table as it tends to be quite crowded. Just love the food though

Mr ANON August 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Giant Chef Burger. Hands down

Cracky McGee August 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Sunrise Bistro or Katy’s Kreek in WC

concord grape August 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Country Waffle
Black Bear Diner

Jerry August 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Don’t like diggers way to greasy and horrible service. My top 2 would have to be:
#1 – Min’s Kitchen on Clayton Rd – Best kept secret in concord
#2 – Just discovered by the way, La Pinata -Breakfast Buffet, incredible value and great selection (if you like mexican breakfast foods) When I went they had chile kiles, chorizo and egg, warm tortillas etc.
If your not a Buffet person then I’d say #2 would be Giant Chef burger in pleasant hill, WAY better alternative to Diggers and they have an awesome chicken fried steak and eggs. BUT you might have to wait a little, that place is well know and line gets a little long and inside gets a little crowded at times.

Hamilton August 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Chef burger!!!

bigbry August 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I sleep in the kitchen that way I can have breakfast in bed my favorite place in the morning

Ross August 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Big Daddy Ross. Don’t be scared to drive out there. Breakfast there is awesome. 🙂

Beast August 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Katy’s creek

Eudamonia August 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Heavenly cafe. (PH and WC border)

HessiaNerd August 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Mins definitely.
great chicken fried steak, with awesome gravy.

Diggers is Disgusting August 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I tried to eat once at diggers, and the place was smelled like old grease and it nauseated me. I stayed and attempted to eat, but the food was horrible so I left without eating.

For breakfast I think that gangnam is a hidden gem they have some of the tastiest hash browns I have ever eaten.

Anne Moss August 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I would say IHOP but the entrance smells like an awful combination of fecal matter and incense that makes me too sick to bother waiting for a table.

Diggers is awesome if you can ever find a time without a bajillion people there, they need to expand…

Shulla August 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Min’s on Clayton Rd. Yummy comfort food.

dave August 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM


JET August 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Big Daddy Ross’s in Baypoint/Gunpoint……. not the most glamorous spot, but the food is great!

gabrielle August 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Katy’s creek in walnut creek

Surprise! August 15, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I would make zuchinni muffins, bacon and ziplock backs of orange slices and apple slices, and take them on a hike to the top of Eagle Peak in Mt. Diablo State Park to eat is, sitting on a rock, and taking in the view of Claycord in the morning sunshine.

Rob August 15, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Sugar Plum

Nations August 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM

on Clayton.

Howard August 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

!. Giant Chef Burger, Great variety and always good quality!

2. Sugar Plum. Food is very Good but the place needs sprucing up.

3. Mins. Good quality and lots of choices.

Can;t stand IHOP or Big Bear Diner. Both typical chain properties.

green August 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Black Bear Diner…they have the BEARY best breakfast!

Claytonian August 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Sunshine Cafe in Pleasant Hill. It’s behind the 7-11 near the corners of Oak Park Blvd and Patterson. It’s in the same strip mall as Kobe Japan and Round Table Pizza (where Back Forty used to be).

Anonymous August 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

We like Buttercup on Clayton Rd., Mimi’s in Park & Shop, Black Bear Diner in Walnut Creek, & occasionally IHop. We too find Diggers greasy. They used to be good before they expanded so much. Have to try some of the others mentioned.

The Numbers Guy August 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I miss the omelettes at Shadzee in Pleasant Hill.

anon August 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

It’s either IHOP or Buttercup Grill that smells like an old bathroom when you first walk into the restaurant.

YYZ August 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Hubcaps Diner
1548 Bonanza St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 945-6960

Cowellian August 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Country Waffles in Claycord. If I expand to the entire Bay Area, it would have to be the Cliff House for their crab omelets.

Monkey August 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

El Camino in Brentwood

MMMMMM... August 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

We just discovered how amazing Original Pancake House is! And if you happen to be in Downtown Martinez…Copper Skillet is soooo yummy! And they have the most delicious pomegranate mimosas!!!

Anon August 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

@ Eudamonia

Heavenly Café closed

Cuzzzzzz.......... August 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Claycord – Sugar Plum
Out of Claycord – Millie’s, Lafayette…..Best coffee cake on the planet!!!!!!!

oldman August 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Mins. Best hash browns
Country Waffles, Great waiters
Katys Kreek. We stopped going due to cold food and poor service
Black Bear Big Foot is very good
Evies. Jason makes best eggs.
Diggers. Good value
Is Giant Chef Burger that good?

dinkydau August 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Chef Burger, near DVC, behind the Chevron station on Contra Costa. Hand made fried potatoes., not out of a bag. Not a chain restaurant. A real “mom-n-pop” place. Great prices too.

That's All Folks! August 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

My kitchen.

BLS August 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Chef Burger!!

Anon August 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Giant Chef…the best!

Always Right August 15, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Sugar Plum, Diggers, Mins, Black Bear are all good. Coco’s on Treat is good too, but service is kinda slow.

DD August 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Olive Garden!

The Mamba August 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

I eat a spartan breakfast and then sculpt my abs all day, so I wouldn’t know.

Shasta Daisy August 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Hubcaps. Delicious eggwhite omelet.

Sandy eggo August 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Gangnam cafe by Costco. The fruit is so fresh, and the scrambles and benedicts are delicious. Fresh squeezed OJ too.

Hi2UDavid August 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Buttercup Concord. Good variety on the menu and the best potatoes I’ve ever had at a restaurant.

Annie CSEA August 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Hickory Pit Walnut Creek—–Chef Burger off Contra Costa

Annie CSEA August 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Cash only at Giant Chef Burger

Antler August 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Min’s Kitchen on Clayton Road in the El Monte Shopping Center (big eucalyptus tree).

kingsvtsis August 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Definitely Sugar Plum on Colfax in Concord. Great food, great service, friendly, and fast.

Krogs August 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Buttercup – Concord and WC

A August 15, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Gangnam Cafe near PG&E. Fantastic Eggs Benedict!

Hungry August 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

1800 Cafe on Monument. Hands down the best!

yum August 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

mmmh…depends what kind of breakfast….
for everyday savory it’s hands down Digger’s
For a great egg benedict I love Mimi’s
For everyday sweet, Alpine has the best apple turnovers and lots of other great baked breakfast sweets.

@Hungry August 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I was just about to say the same thing. I can’t believe it took so long for somebody to mention 1800 Cafe. That place is awesome! Great food and excellent service.

Momofone August 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM


Mark August 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Giant Chef near DVC.

Julio August 15, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I know where I won’t eat! Black Bear. Actually the Black Bear anywhere. Not at all like the original in Yreka. Gross gross gross.

Leo August 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

in Walnut Creek

Black Bear has bad service, with many old Marie Callender staff that caused their demise …

Rick Calicura August 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Giant Chef Burger. Sit at the counter and watch those cooks….just like a ballet! Be prepared for a wait during main breakfast times.

Russ August 15, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Olive Garden on Imagine Street

My kitchen August 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

No restaurant appeals to me more than my own home-cooked breakfast!

Vinnie Moore August 15, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Gangnam cafe…price is right, on the weekends early is not crowded. Previous posters are right. Produce is fresh.

furian August 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Sugar Plum, hands down!

I'm The Urban Spaceman August 15, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Plaza Café in Pleasant Hill.

Art August 15, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Sugar Plum
1815 Colfax St, Concord, CA 94520

The owners are the best.

KaL August 15, 2014 at 5:54 PM

After 30+ years in the area and having tried several of the places already mentioned I’d only recommend Plaza Cafe in PH in the Safeway shopping center on Contra Costa Blvd at Gregory. Across the street from The Original Pancake House. Family owned and only seats about 35 people so it can get real busy on weekend mornings. But IMHO it’s worth the wait. Has a decent lunch menu as well. Friendly staff, good selection, reasonable prices and decent service.

Aspirin August 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Buttercup Café.

PH Girl August 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Plaza on Contra Costa Blvd and Gregory Lane has been great since 1985. Consistently good food and friendly staff. They are somehow connected to Mins–same menu.

SpankyFortuna August 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM

If you like bacon, it’s Hickory Pit. Hmmmmm
I live near a Black Bear Diner and I ate there once.

JustMe August 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Nations makes a good breakfast, as does the Cheesecake Factory in Walnut Creek. Sunrise Bistro is awesome, but it’s always crowded. If you head to Pittsburg, Lumpy’s is pretty great. I’ll always have a soft spot for IHOP, but I hardly ever go there.

I’ve been meaning to try Country Waffles and Black Bear forever, but have never gone to either.

Back in the day, I enjoyed Bob’s Big Boy for breakfast, which then became Coco’s

Clean food August 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

THE BEST, and clean food.
Lafayette or Danville
Walnut Creek at Citrus Circle/Oak Grove

ClayDen August 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Denica’s in WC, Piatti and Chow in Danville.

The Bay Leaf Cafe August 15, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Noticed they were not mentioned. Good reason bad service and bad food. Stopped going years ago. Giant Chef #1. Just went there today. the best eggs benedict around.

Blink August 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Mins….or black bear

uh oh August 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Sugar plum, Maria Maria and the dead fish in Crockett

Scoob August 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Original Pancake House has very good pancakes, and everything else is pretty goo too. I also like to ride over to Sugar Plum where the owner and staff are very nice and the breakfast is just right. Denny’s used to be good when the guy who looked like Steve Carell ran the place, buts its been bad since he left. I like Diggers, but prefer getting burgers there. Leadership is key to running a tight kitchen.

Puglover August 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Min’s Kitchen for sure. Great food, great staff.

O'Nonymous August 15, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Here’s a similar VERY important question: Where in Northern California can you find a respectable breakfast biscuit? Or in the state, for that matter? After living here for 15 years, I have yet to track down what I had no idea would be so elusive — a fresh, fluffy, thoroughly cooked biscuit worthy of Temple orange marmalade or Tupelo honey.

M. August 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Gangnam Cafe. Hands down. Perfect waffles, perfect hashbrowns, great staff, awesome french toast, perfect waffles, salmon benedicts, and perfect waffles.

Don’t see what’s special about Min’s…twice I was there and they totally forgot about our table. Like for an hour. Food was only meh.

lol August 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Claycord – Country Waffles
Beyond Claycord – Cracker Barrel

Yummy August 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Sunrise bistro

kzee August 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

We found a new place called Danica’s off of Oak Grove and yvr in the Nob Hill shopping center and it has great breakfast and lunch. Oh and they bake yummy goods too.

Kelly Anne August 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM

1800 cafe. And they have t.v’s. ( and beer & wine):) 🙂

Patrick August 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Bay leaf cafe is actually very good every time that I’ve been there. There’s not a lot of places to get a good breakfast. Don’t be lazy and cook at home. You will know what is going on with your food.

ChampagneKitty August 16, 2014 at 12:27 AM

I like the Original Pancake House, Country Waffles, Bay Leaf Cafe, Sugar Plum Coffee Shop, 1800 Cafe, Min’s Kitchen, Buttercup Bar & Grill, and yes, even IHOP and Denny’s. Oh yeah, and the Original Hick’ry Pit.

Yes, it’s the IHOP on Clayton Rd. in Concord that sometimes smells like sewage in the waiting area. The building has a plumbing problem. I’ve heard the manager say it used to be a Copper Skillet, and they don’t know what to do about it. Once you get past the waiting area though, it’s okay.

I believe the Bay Leaf Cafe makes their biscuits from scratch. Last time I ate there, I ordered the breakfast sandwich and it was really good. So are their blueberry pancakes that they have on weekends. I’ve had the blueberry pancakes at Min’s Kitchen, too. Bay Leaf Cafe does it better.

If you want really good bacon, go to the Original Pancake House. They have good coffee, too. Actually, they have higher quality food/ingredients than most other places, which is why they are a little more expensive. It’s worth it, though.

I love going out to breakfast, though I don’t do it as often as I’d like.

been hungry since I moved here August 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM

To be honest I have lived here for 16 years, and have been very disappointed in the food almost everywhere in the area. The one place that I really do enjoy the breakfast though, is the Copper Skillet in Martinez. Very small, and if they are crowded you will probably have to wait a bit, but the atmosphere is what I believe a true breakfast joint should be, cozy, with newspapers being passed from table to table, friendly staff, and, of course, great food! I love the omelets, and they will put whatever I want on them! Hands down, the best breakfast around, always way more food than I can consume, so the dog agrees with me its her favorite place as well!

Mike August 16, 2014 at 3:14 AM

In claycord the bay leaf cafe then original pancake house mins kitchen. Nations can throw down some good breakfast on Clayton rd but it’s really hit and miss there. Our favorite is bay leaf been going there for years for breakfast not one bad experience or meal yet !

Roz August 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM

If I’m not cooking breakfast,…then it would be Bay Leaf Cafe.
But there were some posting about some other places I didn’t known about.
Thanks!,..I’ll have to check them out too.

ale August 16, 2014 at 7:52 AM

I wasnt too impressed by mins or country waffle. Sugar plum is excellent. We go every weekend. I havent found a better breakfast in the area.

Bob H, August 16, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Sunday Buffet at LaTapatia onTreat Blvd.

Always knows the best burger August 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

It’s hard for me to decide, but it’s between Buttercup Concord and Buttercup Walnut Creek. Delicious breakfasts with portions so big only the beastliest of diners don’t need to ask for a to go box.

futbllwmn August 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Whoever said Olive Garden… LOL !! When I worked at DVC we would go to Chef Burger every chance we could…. OMG… Delicious!!! The best hamburgers ever.

Ernie August 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

So I took your advice and went to Chow and There was dirt on my lettuce and
fruits weren’t ripe and meat was undercooked to the point of e coli.
The servers were covered in Tattoos and one was picking his nose behind the bar……Next?

ChampagneKitty August 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

This thread made me want a nice breakfast…I ventured out of my apartment today and went to the Bay Leaf Cafe, one of my favorites…The servers seemed like they were glad to see me…I had an omelette with bacon, spinach, avocado, mushrooms, and cheese. With potatoes and wheat toast. They don’t let your coffee mug get very low, until you tell them you’ve had enough.

Cowellian August 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I love Cracker Barrel, and we go there several times a month. But when we have out-of-town visitors, we always make the trek over to Loveless Cafe.

If you’re willing to travel to Southern California in your biscuit quest, I suggest Pete’s Breakfast House in Ventura. They will also serve you some sausage gravy with your biscuits if you ask.

anon August 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

COSTCO and it’s free.

ClayDen August 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Which one? We usually go to the one in Danville, as it seems nicer than the one in Lafayette.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Min’s Kitchen on Clayton Rd

Kathi Hamilton August 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Gangnam is good for breakfast and lunch…I work right next door at the Child Care Council…we eat there all the time it’s open on weekends too lots of cars in the parking lot…it’s across from pg&e…and down a bit…bacon to die for in fact I haven’t had anything there I did not like…friendly bunch…give it a try breakfast or lunch…

...... August 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

My wife’s kitchen.


Reality Check August 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Original pancake house SUCKS. Service is horrible. The servers are nice enough but you need more than two of them for a place that size. The food is bland and tasteless.

J. August 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM

At The-Original-Pancake-House, try the Dutch-Baby:

Dr. Jellyfinger® August 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Nice Breakfast, nice view. Fun place to watch the ballgame, pizza, beer!. Right above Heather Farms & open to the public. Great hide out when you’re supposed to be working.

Vandy August 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Diggers is the best. Where else can you get an Oreo pancake?

ChampagneKitty August 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I went out again early this morning, this time to the 1800 Cafe…1800 Monument Blvd. in Concord, just past Four Corners…I tend to do this in spurts…anyway, I found out some things. The cafe has changed ownership. May and her husband are no longer the owners, though she will still be around for the next couple of weeks while she finishes teaching the new owner everything. I met the new owner, she came out to say hello after she made my breakfast (the way May did when it wasn’t busy). Her name is Wendy. There will be a few changes. She said she’s going to cut down the menu, eliminate items that are not popular, and maybe introduce a few new items. Also, she’s going to advertise. She’s getting a P.O Box and will have mailers sent to all the Concord residents. The inside of the cafe is going to be painted in mid-September. They will have to close the cafe for a few days to do this. Lisa Ann (one of the servers) is trying to convince her to go with yellow, which I think would be a great idea. Something to look forward to!

Black Bear Diner August 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM

I just want to say that my family ate at the Black Bear Diner for the first time recently and everything was great. The service was excellent – the girls assigned to our table checked with us often and were always cheery & fast when we asked for things like extra tableware, an order change, etc. The place was clean and comfortable, and the food was very good for its category of restaurant. I ordered a salad – and I’m picky about my produce – and everything on the plate was perfect (nothing wilted, past its prime, etc.). Servings were generous and all of us went home very happy. We haven’t tried it for dinner, but based on our first visit, we’ll certainly try that next time.

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