Java Point Cafe

Today we’re talking about breakfast, brunch and lunch—all lovely words to live by! The tastiness here is too good to miss. How about a late lunch and a movie on a Sunday afternoon?  All is consistently delicious and lovingly prepared at Java Point, a friendly, family owned café, a staple of downtown Benicia.

You’ll find smooth and creamy lattes that are also beautiful to look at. Get yours in a very civilized ceramic cup and relax at one of the tables on the patio while your food is individually prepared. What’s your pleasure? The outstanding eggs Benedict (or crab, veggie, lox, or corned beef) on a croissant?   Or the banana walnut waffle, or the delicious tapsilog?  Aaaah, tapsilog, marinated tri-tip with fried eggs, English cucumber, grape tomatoes, pickled green papaya and garlic rice. Unbelievable! Rumor has it, foodies come from across the bridge to get their fix.

The avocado melt is Gracie’s favorite—grilled mushrooms, jack cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce on sourdough bread with pesto pasta or fruit.  So, so flavorful and served hot.  The smoked salmon with cucumber, red onions, capers, fresh dill, cream cheese on an everything bagel is the best anywhere!  Good for sharing with a friend…or not.

Did someone say pastries?  Huge slices of banana walnut bread, raspberry scones, blueberry muffins and amazing coffee cake are all available. Get there early because they always sell out.  In addition to espresso drinks, there are teas, sparklers, Italian sodas and juices.

Menus are posted on the outside window.  Orders are taken by phone or walk-up.

Java Point Café

366 First Street, Benicia, CA  94510

707 745-1449 |


2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly

Jenna is an unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship.

We learn two things in the opening scene of Waitress, the last film by indie director Adrienne Shelly.  First, Jenna, a talented pie-maker at a local diner, played by Keri Russell, is pregnant.  Second, she is not happy about it.  The situation has her feeling increasingly trapped in her marriage to Earl, her immature, controlling and abusive husband, played by Jeremy Sisto.  Still, she decides she will keep the baby and plot her escape, squirrelling away money for the cause.

As Jenna hits setback after setback, we continue to pull for her, even as she enters an affair with her married gynecologist. In the end, money gone and baby born, the cantankerous owner of the diner, Old Joe (Andy Griffith), leaves  her with a generous gift that helps save the day.  All is pretty well.  Hallelujah.

2007  1hr 48min  PG13

7 out of 10 Whiskers

Eggs Benedict from Java Point Cafe
Waitress movie cover