Looking for a nice breakfast spot? Here are a few places to explore, depending on what you're looking for. Please let me know what you think and if I missed anyone who should be included.
1. Breakfast destinations will come and go, but Hobee’s will always be here. The Mountain View Hobee’s is the original location and it opened in 1974. This place has been a favorite breakfast spot for our community for decades. You can’t possibly walk out the door without eating a piece of their famous coffeecake. I love that Hobee’s is so involved in the community and they treat their employees like family. I always order the “BDBIT” (best darn breakfast in town) and 4 or 5 cups of coffee.
2. Scratch has a very nice brunch menu on the weekends and if you go in warm weather, you should sit out on the patio. I recommend the Almond Encrusted French Toast, it comes with real Vermont maple syrup. And brunch would not be complete without a couple of Mimosas. The staff at Scratch is always wonderful. I really need to go here more often.
3. Eureka serves brunch on the weekends. Last time I had the French Toast and a Mint Julep. They don’t have the brunch menu on their website, but you can call and ask about it if you have any dietary restrictions. I love the atmosphere at Eureka and the fact that they’ve been packed every day since the first day they opened. Keep in mind that they don’t take reservations. Those photos below are of Eureka brunch items.
4. Crepevine serves breakfast. We sat outside this morning, under the heaters and were comfortable. I had New Orleans Eggs Benedict (with crab cakes).
5. Omelette House is inside Ava’s Downtown Market and they serve breakfast all day. My office orders their breakfast burritos all the time. We send one person on a burrito-run and everyone anxiously awaits their return. Yes, you could eat at the tables that are inside Ava’s or out on the sidewalk, but we usually end up bringing it back to the office. Sometimes, there’s important Chamber of Commerce work to be done.
6. I love going to Dinah’s Poolside Cafe in Palo Alto. You would never know it was there if you’re just driving down the El Camino. I feel like I’m stepping back in time when I get there. They take reservations and I’ve seen lots of brunch birthday parties there. One time some ducks landed in the swimming pool and we got to watch a tourist, who had been enjoying his morning swim, try to chase the ducks away. The ducks were more determined than the tourist, and they won. It's a great place for people watching. Or duck watching.
7. If you haven’t been to Bucks of Woodside, you must go! It’s just up 280 about 20 minutes and it is so very interesting. The food is wonderful, and the decor is the biggest collection of the most unusual junk that I have ever seen. I can’t begin to accurately describe it; you need to see it for yourself.
I know, I gave you two places that aren’t in Mountain View. You’ll thank me for both of those, I promise.