Tucked away behind the Bank Club is a horseshoe counter with stool seating. Sit down and either Wally or one of his friendly employees will greet you with a bowl of hot, spicy lentil soup. No, you didn't order it, nor did you order the baklava that will arrive with your bill. Tuck in, you're in good hands with this crew. Wally bills the fare as "Mediterranean & More," and that's an understatement.
Wally’s Cafe is perfectly aligned to attract 90 percent of the East Bay’s iPhone picture-snapping food blogosphere, with its obscure location tucked behind an Emeryville roadhouse-style dive bar and its free baklava and lentil soup with every order. But the best reason to visit Wally’s is simple: solidly prepared, reasonably priced Lebanese and Greek cuisine, with a little American stuff thrown in for the barflies.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Closed on Sundays
Payment Type: Cash only