Breakfast and lunch joint offers authentic choices and friendly service
Break Your Fast is a small breakfast and lunch bistro that is located between Union Square and Meyers Drive in Union City. Since the restaurant is situated in a corner right across from the entrance to the Union City Bart Station, it is often overlooked. However, after my first visit, I think it’s safe to say that Break Your Fast is definitely the hidden gem of Union City.
I visited Break Your Fast on a Friday afternoon, around 1:00 p.m. This was a convenient time to go, since it was near closing time and the crowd was very minimal. As I walked in, I noticed that there were only about six tables, and the kitchen was visible from the seating area. There was a small patio at the front of the venue, where there were approximately three tables.
The interior had a quaint atmosphere and the floors and tables were neatly maintained. However, I found the location of the single, uni-sex bathroom to be odd because it was too close to the cash register; servers kept running into people who came out of the bathroom.
Due to the pleasurable weather, I chose to sit outside. My waiter was extremely friendly and made sure I was comfortable in the heat by adjusting the freeport umbrella over my head to provide shade.
Break Your Fast may seem like a smaller, less-known version of IHOP to some. While it offers breakfast and lunch items similar to IHOP’s, I could taste the homemade authenticity in the food—a sensation that set this breakfast joint apart from others. The breakfast menu features a variety of omelettes and scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, four kinds of pancakes, waffles, and beignets. It also offers numerous sides such as canadian bacon, chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, english muffins, and country potatoes. Some of Break Your Fast’s best-selling items include the chocolate chip pancakes ($5.75), the beignets ($2.50 for 5 pieces), and the South of the Border omelette ($8.00). The lunch menu features multiple kinds of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Some of the more popular items include the California Burger ($7.50) and the Asian Chicken Salad ($9.50). The menu incorporates meals that cater to both meat lovers and vegetarians, which is surprising since a majority of well-known breakfast items at other eateries include meat.
I ended up ordering the french toast ($5.50 for two pieces), coffee ($1.50), and a plate of beignets. My order took about seven minutes to arrive, and I was very pleased with the fast service. My first impression of the food was that it was highly aesthetically pleasing. The french toast was aligned neatly on the plate and layered with powdered sugar and fresh-cut strawberry slices. The beignets were arranged in a circle and topped off with glaze.
With the first bite, I could immediately feel the butter from the french toast melting in my mouth and combining with the sweet flavor of the powdered sugar. The beignets had a soft texture and gave off a distinct, sweet aroma, but were a little too oily for my liking. The coffee was a good serving size for what I payed, and it was definitely the perfect refreshing beverage to accompany the breakfast foods I ordered. Overall, all of the portions were good sizes and the prices were very reasonable for what I got.
I would give Break Your Fast 9 out of 10 stars. Although the venue for this brunch bistro was in an isolated area and the interior was too compact, the quality and taste of the food was exceptional and the customer service was impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody who enjoys classic breakfast food. It is nothing too fancy, but the casual setting and affordable prices—a rarity in the Bay Area—make it a desirable spot to grab a bite to eat.
Break Your Fast: 1688 Decoto Rd., Union City, CA 94587; 510.324.8599
Business Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.