Happy 2019 everyone! Hope you get to travel, spend quality time with friends and family, and eat all that your heart desires!
Whenever my parents come into town I always try to think of places to take them that they would never go to on their own. My dad’s ideal breakfast or brunch is Denny’s. For my mom’s sake I tend to venture out of the cheap chain restaurants whenever I get the chance. Neptune’s in Alameda met the criteria. Neptune’s is like the opposite of a large chain, which can be good or bad.
I had seen this place many times but never actually ventured inside. It was on the list for a brunch place after the Mrs. and I got married, but quickly got nixed because they don’t take reservations. The inside is a little small, but had a nice nautical theme going.
Outside had a spacious and bright patio. If weather permits I would opt for outside.
One drink often ordered around me is an Arnold Palmer. And come to think of it, I never really even question or wonder what type of iced tea they put in it along with the lemonade. I suppose I just assume it is generic non-sweetened Lipton or something. This place fancifies the Arnold Palmer and uses earl grey tea. Ooohhh ahhhhh. The earl grey definitely comes through and we enjoyed the combination.
One of the most popular items is the chicken and waffles. I can see why. I do enjoy a good chicken and waffles…as long as I eat them separately. Some of you probably are saying to yourself, “but eating them together is what makes it so good!” My taste buds say otherwise. 🙂 The waffles were fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside and the chicken was nice and moist. The skin may have been a little overdone, but not too bad.
Since there was a Filipino influence here we had to try it. Something about eating proteins and rice together makes it a match made in heaven. Not too often do I eat rice with fried chicken and I have to say it should happen more often. The rice helps balance the oil and heavy batter from the chicken. Yes they use fat from the chicken in the fried rice, but it wasn’t overpowering. The egg came out nice and runny as well. Rice wins over waffle any day of the week for me.
One of us had to get a non fried chicken item. Yes, fruit! The color on the plate made it easy on the eyes. Going from chicken fat and chicken skin to this was a nice change of pace and maybe made it stand out even more. We really went after it. I don’t typically like regular whipped cream but the orange zest whipped cream added a nice touch.
For the coffee fans out there they have a dedicated coffee window if you want something hot to drink while you wait.
We had a solid meal over at Neptune’s in Alameda. Food-wise I didn’t have hardly any issues. If you don’t like to wait though, this probably is not the place for you. Not only was there a wait to be seated, the service was slow for us too. It took maybe 45 minutes for our food to come out from the time we sat down. If these things don’t bother you I would give them a shot and see what you think.
630 Central Ave
Alameda, CA 94501