Breakfast for Dinner at Lama Beans - 510 Families

Breakfast for Dinner at Lama Beans

{first published September 2010 before Jimmy Beans was renamed Lama Beans, ok?}

To honor his first day of elementary school last week, I invited my 5-year old son to choose our family’s dinner plan. “Jimmy Bean’s” was his quick response. I knew his order immediately: pancakes.

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The pancakes at Jimmy Bean’s are mysteriously delicious.  Silver dollar-style, they come in three stacks of seven.  They taste like cake, but even better, because you have permission to pour syrup on top.  Served all day, these 21 cakes could be gobbled up by a full-grown adult in about four minutes and by a teenager in two. We make our kids split an order, and then try to convince them to eat a scrambled egg as well, but those attempts usually fail. I myself use the “breakfast for dinner” option and order the herb and goat cheese scramble most of the time. The three-course dinner for $15 is another compelling offer.

We love Jimmy Bean’s because the casual atmosphere is great for kids. It doesn’t have the loud din of a larger family restaurant, so if you have loud kids, try Picante, down the street. We used to go to Jimmy Bean’s for breakfast on the weekends, but it’s a bit pricey for a kid’s breakfast.


Located close to the freeway, we frequently stop at Jimmy Bean’s to fill our bellies if we are heading home from a vacation toward a house with an empty fridge. Those who play soccer at Fielding West or frequent the Berkeley Skate Park will find it convenient, too. The dinner and lunch food is high quality, fresh, and delicious. Not surprising since it’s a sister restaurant to other North Berkeley favorites Fonda, Lalime’s and T-Rex.

photos: Jimmy Bean’s website and facebook page

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4 thoughts on “Breakfast for Dinner at Lama Beans”

  1. It’s also worthwhile to note that they carry wine and beer for the parents. 🙂 My kids enjoy sitting at the counter and watching them cook. Free entertainment!

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