For brunch, Fremont Diner is in a class by itself, kind of what you’d expect if Alice Waters opened a diner. About an hour from OAK that time of day.
Bartavelle opens at 7am. Only-in-Berkeley place in the former Cafe Fanny space. Unlike Cafe Fanny they keep the order line moving and get the food out efficiently.
Brittany Crepes opens at 9am. Owned by a Breton, real buckwheat galettes, tastes just like France. Ask for the French amount of butter, they cut it back a bit to suit local bad taste.
Navi Kitchen in Emeryville opens at 8am.
Zachary’s (ugh), Wally’s, and the couple of good dim sum places along that stretch of 80 don’t open until 11 or so.