Full House Cafe, 3719 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619
Open Tuesday through Sunday
7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Full House Cafe is a 10-year-old neighborhood favorite serving only breakfast and lunch.
The 24 year veteran cook, Kirk Roberts, has worked at the Full House for five years and said the corn beef hash, Cajun hash and red flannel hash are the, “number one selling items on the menu.”
Hoping to taste a variety, we ordered the red flannel hash (a mixture of beets, potatoes and sausage), a ham and cheddar omelet and a short stack of buttermilk pancakes. We thought the hash was a risky bet and as it turned out, we lost. Or at least, the flavor was lost on us. The omelet, $8.25, needed salt but was well made; the egg had a very good texture and the ham was evenly distributed within. The short stack of two buttermilk pancakes, $4.50, was typical for a diner, the pancakes weren’t too small, but they definitely weren’t the largest I’ve seen. The pancakes were tasty but too doughy for my taste; I like them light and fluffy.
The service was good even though our waiter’s attention was divided by too many tables. We were seated in about two minutes, and the two of us got a booth despite a sign on the host’s table announcing booths were reserved for parties of three or more.
The Cafe is appropriately decorated with pictures of dogs playing cards and other old playing card memorabilia and art. However, I couldn’t figure out how exactly the framed potato sacks on the walls fit in with the atmosphere.
The restaurant was mostly clean, with some dust in various crevices. The bathrooms in the back smell like air freshener and are not very appealing. The floor around the base of the toilet in the women’s room is broken and pieces of it are missing, making the bathroom look like it’s in disrepair.
The crowd in the cafe was mostly comprised of loyal customers that have frequented it for years. For Liberty Joe, a friend of a long-time patron, this was his first time eating at the Full House, and he “thoroughly enjoyed it.”
If you’re looking for pretty good food at a pretty inexpensive price, Full House is the place to take your business. Their dishes range from $4.25 to $9.25, with sides ranging from $1.25 to $3.25.
The cafe is across the street from World Ground and about a block north of Albertsons, conveniently where the Mills van now drops students off.