If you’re an East Coast transplant living in California, then you’ve probably lamented the lack of greasy spoon diners in the Bay Area (no, Mel’s, IHOP, and Denny’s don’t count, though they are the greasiest). Well, guess what? Ole’s Waffle Shop in Alameda is here to fill the gap (with breakfast) in your cold, smoggy hearts.
As you can hopefully see from the picture, Ole’s keeps it real (old). Faded posters of the Oakland Athletics hearken back to their glory days. The orange, vinyl upholstery and stained glass hanging lamps suggest that absolutely nothing has changed for at least 40 years. And that’s just fine, because every good neighborhood staple should hold something sacred.
The food in Ole’s is nothing to write home about, and I mean that in the best possible way. If it’s free range, organic, locally grown ingredients you’re looking for, I suggest you walk on by. Everything on the menu is very straightforward. For two eggs, hash browns, and a biscuit, it’ll cost you $5.50. No strings attached. I dined with one other person, and the grand total after tax and including drinks was $15. Holy crap.
Our server was a total sweetheart. As you might imagine, Ole’s serves many senior citizens who are just looking for a cheap bite and a little small talk. Ole’s provides both, with a smile. Damn, this place almost makes me miss Jersey. Almost.
Ole’s Waffle Shop
1507 Park St. [Alameda]