Breakfast in/near Mountain View
We are longstanding regulars at Hobee's (Rengstorff & Central) but lately the wait time (once inside -- not waiting for a table) and noise levels have just become too much. They seem to be particularly understaffed and raucous on weekends. I hate to break with what's become a weekend routine, but more often than not we end up leaving wishing we'd gone somewhere else.
The dilemma is that there just don't seem to be very many other options in Mountain View. We've made the trek to Stacks in Menlo Park, Pancake House in Los Altos, and St. Michael's Alley in PA a couple of times, but I am hoping that some of you folks can point us to something a little closer to home.
Criteria: sit-down service, omelettes/egg dishes (not just bagels/breakfast sandwiches), good coffee (chi-chi espresso drinks not required), less than 20 minute wait on weekends. Ideally somewhere that doesn't require your dining companion to be able to read lips in order to have a conversation, and where the tab for two doesn't run much over $30.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!
I sound like a broken record on this one, but I really like Dinah's Poolside Restaurant on the Mt View, Palo Alto border (off El Camino just north of San Antonio). I haven't seen any other CH reviews, so maybe I am the only one. They do wonderful build-your-own omelettes and decent pancakes/waffles. If requested they do egg white versions vs the awful "egg substitute" stuff that Hobee's and others use. If you go with the eggs, make sure you order the Country Fried Potatoes (may not be on the menu) -- very good fried potatoes with big pieces of onion and bell pepper. Fresh OJ and if you like, nice outdoor seating by the pool. Otherwise, I would recommend Joannie's Cafe or Cafe Brioche on California Ave in Palo Alto.
I used to be a Hobee's weekend regular (usually the Palo Alto locations), but my friends and I have mostly switched over to the Country Gourmet -- their Mountain View location is right down the street from Hobee's, on the corner of Rengstorff and El Camino. Check out the back patio If it's nice, or sit in the sunroom if it's not.
If you're making the trek up to Menlo Park, you might want to try Ann's Coffee Shop on Santa Cruz Ave west of El Cam -- it's a local institution, and it's like a time warp when you walk in! The traditional breakfasts are all pretty solid. Try the sweet roll (I think that's what it's called?) -- it's like the love child of a cinnamon roll and donut :-) Heads up though, they're closed on Sundays.
Oh, and I just noticed a newish looking breakfast place called 'A Good Morning' in the Los Altos Plaza shopping center (NW corner of El Camino and San Antonio, where Pho Vi Hoa is). There are a few blurbs on Yelp.. any hounds been yet?
Los Charros in downtown MV has a decent and popular "american" breakfast: eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee. Your tab for two will run well under $30! I'm partial to the pancakes and sausage combo.
Joanie's in Palo Alto is nice, and if you go at a reasonable time (say before 8:30) the wait isn't bad. Brioche is fine as well, although I personally prefer Joanie's for breakfast (although brioche otherwise).
The Los Altos coffee shop (in downtown Los Altos) is a retro choice for breakfast, with an old diner feel. Nothing fancy, but good nonetheless.
And Country Gourmet (MV) is also worth a try.
Country Gourmet is right down the street from Hobee's on Rengstorff and Mountain View. I go back and forth between the 2. Country Gourmet can get quite crowded too, but it is a bigger place so sometimes the wait isn't as long. CG also has decent coffee and the food is decent.