By Zach Chouteau
The ‘Rich Life’ has come to appreciate the SS Red Oak Victory more with every passing visit, and experiencing their Pancake Breakfast offering recently was a truly unique way to start the East Bay day.
While we’ve previously clambered onboard the massive WWII munitions carrier—permanently docked at the end of Canal Boulevard in Richmond—for an extensive tour as well as a unique viewing of this year’s July 4 fireworks frenzy, we weren’t sure exactly what to expect with their pancake breakfast.
We discovered a delicious serving of perfectly prepared flapjacks, bacon and eggs, all at $10 per adult and $5 per child, including ship entry and beverages that included hot chocolate. Considering the alfresco setting, not to mention the live Grateful Dead tunes being expertly played by the Strange Angels, it certainly felt like a bargain. Another neat facet is that the meals are cooked and served from the same galley used by WWII servicemen back in the day.
There are all sorts of interesting events coming onboard the Red Oak Victory, including an Aug. 24 evening showing of Objective Burma (1945) in the ship’s theater, a live jazz event on Sept. 2, and another Pancake Breakfast on Sept. 10. Another great option is a lively Oct. 7 event celebrating Fleet Week, and the final Pancake Breakfast of 2017 takes place on Oct. 8.
You can also visit the ship year-round on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zach Chouteau is a longtime travel writer and editor, and currently blogs about group and family getaways at Pineapple Go.