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Mar 6, 2002 04:18 PM

Breakfast joints in Silicon Valley

  • m

Besides Hobbee's, I've yet to find a breakfast place I really like. Anyone have suggestions from Mountain View to San Jose?

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  1. There is the Original Pancake House in Los Altos (420 S. San Antonio Rd) - it might be a little outside your range but it's fairly close to El Camino. They have really good pancakes (light, soak-up-the-syrup kind), huge baked omelettes that will keep you full all day, and the mother of all breakfasts - the giant apple pancake - which is kinda like eating an apple pie for breakfast. coffee is pretty good too.

    It's actually a national chain (but on a small scale) that tends to be pretty consistent throughout the US. I've been to 2 in chicago, one in upstate NY, one in Cincinnati, and they're all pretty good.

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    1. re: Eurie

      Even though The Original Pancake House in Los Altos has a good breakfast, I never go there because it has the worst service (even for the Bay Area!!!) I have ever experienced and I end up not being able to enjoy my meal due to the thoroughly inept service. I would rather starve than eat there!

      1. re: Eurie

        Adding 2009 links to this 2002 post that was revived

        Los Gatos Cafe
        340 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

        John's XLNT Foods
        1238 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

        California Cafe Bar & Grill
        50 University Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030

        Left Bank Brasserie
        377 Santana Row Ste 1100, San Jose, CA 95128

        The Original Pancake House
        420 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022

        The Original Pancake House
        2306 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95125

        The Original Pancake House
        1366 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129

        Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
        855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

        Sweet Peas Cafe & Catering
        453 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

      2. Bobbi's, on De Anza at Hwy 85 (SW corner). Open for breakfast and lunch only. Consistently good, homestyle food. Worth a try.

        1. 'Joanie's Cafe' & 'Cafe Brioche' on California Avenue in Palo Alto are the two that we go to (and maybe not too far out of your way from Mountain View.) They are priced similarly to Hobee's and I like both of them a lot better.

          Joanie's is standard cafe american style breakfast; curiously, the waitstaff seem to all be french. Cafe Brioche is a bit more 'exotic'--exciting omeletes and scrambles and the like (and a rival french waitstaff), and is priced a bit higher. Conversely, there seems to not be as long of a line at Cafe Brioche than Joanie's. I get the impression that people arrive, put their names on both lists & let fate decide where they breakfast.

          Both restaurants are next door to eachother; in the vicinity of the El Camino Real and Oregon Expressway intersection. (From El Camino, turn east on California Ave. about 3 blocks north of Oregon Expwy.)

          1. If you're willing to go as far north as Palo Alto, there's an Il Fornaio where I usually take out of town guests for breakfast.

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              Judith Hurley

              Stacks in Campbell, try the walnut raisin pancakes. The Creamery in Palo Alto. If you can handle really down and dirty, Southern Kitchen on Monterey Highway, south of Curtner. No relation to Southern Kitchen in Los Gatos, which some folks really like (they have good corn bread), but Monterey Hiway. Green chile omelets, biscuits with gravy. But remember, we're talking down and dirty.