Tucked under a BART overpass on a quiet side-street in Albany, Jodie’s is so small it’s easy to miss — just a six-stool counter and a plastic table or two outside if the weather’s nice. But despite its unassuming appearance, Jodie’s offers one of the best greasy-spoon-style American breakfasts you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. For 24 years, Jodie Royston has been serving up eggs poached or scrambled just so, crisp hash browns, and English muffins grilled to crunchy, golden-brown perfection — all in a cubbyhole of a space that positively exudes small-town charm. A vast specials board means there’s always something new to try, but surefire winners include the Eggs Royston (a tangy spin on a traditional Eggs Benedict) and any dish that comes with Royston’s thick, creamy grits (available Friday through Sunday).
Hours: Wed.-Fri. 8 a.m.-3 p.m; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards