FatApple’s 1346 Martin Luther King Jr. Way/Rose St. “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, and the other is gold.” This Girl Scout motto goes for restaurants, too.
Good food made from scratch using basic ingredients is this popular old-timer’s forte. The lean ground chuck used for hamburgers is ground on the premises; soup is made fresh; blue cheese salad dressing is made with the real stuff; robust coffee is freshly ground and served with heavy whipping cream, but frou frou espresso drinks are also available. I always order the same thing--the famous hamburger served on a housemade wheat bun, a side of fries, and a super-delicious olallieberry milkshake served in the metal mixing canister. For dessert, it’s impossible to go wrong with a slice of the puffy apple pie the restaurant is re-named for (how many of you remember when it was originally called Fat Albert’s?), but the chocolate velvet and lemon meringue pies are also delicious. Breakfast features fresh-squeezed orange juice, crisp buttermilk waffles served with pure Vermont maple syrup, omelettes, buckwheat or whole-wheat pancakes, and freshly baked pastries (don’t miss their famous cheese puff). Though the name changed, not many other things have changed here through the years.
A branch is in El Cerrito at 7525 Fairmount Ave., (510) 528-3433).