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Jodie's Restaurant

902 Masonic Avenue, Albany, CA - (510) 526-1109
Posted By Erika Gasser & Jon Barber on 1/11/2008 7:44:00 PM
From the moment you step foot into Jodie’s, you know that you are in a real neighborhood place. There are only six stools, which are occupied by regulars most of the time. As newbies, we were welcomed and instructed not to order off the menu; instead, everybody orders off the wall, where 8 ½ x 11 signs advertise specials that range from omelettes and pancakes to sandwiches and burgers. We were very sorry to miss the famous fried chicken, which only appears on weekends. It turned out that the helpful man behind the counter on our first visit wasn’t an official employee, but a regular customer standing there to pour coffee, shout orders back to Jodie, and brag to us about this special hole-in-the-wall. Jodie manned the grill and occasionally came out to talk, monitor condiment usage, and check the level of coffee in every mug.

The breakfast sandwich, “Kara’s Special,” is a perfectly balanced combination of toast, scrambled egg, bacon, hashbrowns, and cheese. The “Meanie Weenie” consists of three little pancakes and three strips of bacon. The pancakes are liberally spread with butter (or almost butter—either way, they are delicious little cakes with lacy edges). The bacon is well worth the wait; Jodie uses a press to keep it on the grill until perfectly crispy. We also sampled the “Jodie’s Special,” which has eggs, hashbrowns, one pancake and bacon. The hashbrowns, also cooked to order, are golden brown and crispy, and can be ordered “country style” by those who want vegetables mixed in.

The “Missing Link” is a hearty pile of eggs scrambled with cheese and a Louisiana hotlink sausage, accompanied by hashbrowns and a grilled English muffin, which results in a deliciously rich and spicy mixture. The “Eggs Royston” is another popular plate; this is Jodie’s take on eggs Benedict, with his own creamy herb sauce in the place of hollandaise. We saw more than one customer order the "Nothing with Something,” which basically means eggs plus whatever else Jodie decides to give them. More than one customer informed us that Jodie knows better than they do what they want to eat.

There is a lot of banter and good-natured teasing, and everybody seems to know everybody. While the food isn’t cheap (specials range from around $7 to $11), everything is made to order and served with pride and good humor. As good as the food is, it is the diverse and friendly crowd that makes this place so fantastic. We were only in town for two days, and we went to Jodie’s twice.

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Something with nothing is a big pile of mixed ingredients, including eggs, squash, zucchini, onion, red peppers, mushrooms and beef brisket.
"Something with nothing is a big pile of mixed ingredients, including eggs, squash, zucchini, onion, red peppers, mushrooms and beef brisket."
Cliff Strutz





Joel's omelet is a three egg omelet with grilled onions, cheese, mushrooms and Jodie's special sauce.
"Joel's omelet is a three egg omelet with grilled onions, cheese, mushrooms and Jodie's special sauce."
Cliff Strutz


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"The "Missing Link" is a decadent and delicious breakfast for those with an appetite in the morning (and a taste for spicy food). "
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


You get a great view of the grill from the counter seats.
"You get a great view of the grill from the counter seats."
Cliff Strutz


All of these signs are of a different menu item and take up every inch of available wall space.
"All of these signs are of a different menu item and take up every inch of available wall space."
Cliff Strutz


There is a menu, but nobody uses it, since it is much more fun to pick something from the signs on the wall.
"There is a menu, but nobody uses it, since it is much more fun to pick something from the signs on the wall."
Cliff Strutz


This bit of wisdom fits Jodie's perfectly; note the ad for the famous chicken.
"This bit of wisdom fits Jodie's perfectly; note the ad for the famous chicken."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


A partial view of Jodie's tiny interior.  There are only six seats total.
"A partial view of Jodie's tiny interior. There are only six seats total."
Cliff Strutz


The wall at Jodie's shows the specials on offer, though he'll probably make you whatever you want.
"The wall at Jodie's shows the specials on offer, though he'll probably make you whatever you want."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


There are so many options that they apparently ran out of names for them all.  This one is called I'm Not Ready Yet!
"There are so many options that they apparently ran out of names for them all. This one is called I'm Not Ready Yet!"
Cliff Strutz


This sign sitting on the corner points your way to Jodie's storefront.
"This sign sitting on the corner points your way to Jodie's storefront."
Cliff Strutz


Jodie enjoying breakfast in front of his restaurant.
"Jodie enjoying breakfast in front of his restaurant."
Cliff Strutz


Jodie's is small, but there's no end to the good food and good conversation within.
"Jodie's is small, but there's no end to the good food and good conversation within."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber



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