Alameda: Homeskillet

While I was housesitting for the second time back in July, my sister again came over to stay with me for a weekend.  We decided to venture across the bridge to Alameda for brunch Sunday morning.  After some Yelping, we made our way to Homeskillet:


The place was packed, so we put our name down on the signboard and then settled in to wait:


We were naturally drawn to the donut display:


Probably because we were a table for two, we didn't have to wait all that long to be seated. 

We knew that we wanted a donut, but even after our careful perusal, we had no clue what to get.  We turned to our server, who recommended the blueberry fritter ($2.25):


The texture was amazing.  Crunchy on the outside and super soft within:


The first couple bites were heavenly, but then the sugar and the oily fried flavor got a bit too much for me.

Our server also recommended the blueberry cake donut ($1.05):


Someone really likes her blueberries.  Can't blame her though.  That cake donut tasted almost...refreshing.  And that's not really something you feel often after having a donut.

To balance out all the sweetness, my sister and I shared the "hashtag" ($10.50):


The hashbrowns came scrambled with grilled onions and jack and cheddar cheese with avocado and sour cream on the side.  It also came with two eggs and toast.  Simple, but well executed. 

While Homeskillet's brunch menu is pretty solid, its most creative offerings are its donuts.  Flavors change from time to time, but it seems like there's always something interesting, from pokeball donuts to green tea glazed ones.  Service is friendly, atmosphere is casual, and prices are reasonable.  I can definitely see why it's so popular.

After breakfast, my sister and I strolled through the Art & Wine Faire, which we stumbled upon entirely by accident.  We didn't see anything we wanted to buy until we spotted a sign at iTea advertising its grand opening weekend discounts.  Since we weren't in a hurry to get anywhere, we parked ourselves outside of iTea for 45 minutes until it opened.

Slightly crazy, yea.  But pearl tea is life.


Homeskillet
1363 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 769-4616
http://eathomeskillet.com/

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