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Five Things to Know About Aunt Mary’s Cafe
Aunt Mary’s Cafe plates up southern-influenced comfort food for breakfast and lunch every day of the week until 3 p.m., as well as for brunch on weekends. Its hearty spread even earned a segment on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, which showcased the gravy-drenched bubble and squeak dish made with greens and potatoes. Here are a few more facts about this popular Oakland diner.
- The name is a tribute to the owner’s Aunt Mary. She was a great southern cook, hence the menu’s emphasis on adventurous southern-, southwestern-, and Texas-style creations.
- The cafe moved in 2014. It didn’t move far, though—just two blocks north of the original location on Telegraph Ave., right next door to the pink Hooper’s chocolate building.
- All baked goods are made in-house daily. This includes breads, biscuits, cornbread, pastries, and desserts, all of which are crafted with organic flour or cornmeal.
- There is a 15% surcharge added to all checks. Since California law does not allow the cafe to divvy up voluntary tips amongst its staff, it added this surcharge so all of its employees remained on equal ground. Typically, diners still leave an extra 3-5% tip, which is completely voluntary and goes directly to their server.
- Keep an eye out for dinner. At times in the past, Aunt Mary’s has offered dinner on certain nights of the week. Though it’s not currently an option, the restaurant does plan on bringing it back in the future.