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Breakfast in/near Mountain View

brangwen Apr 8, 2007 02:15 PM

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!

  1. doc Apr 8, 2007 05:18 PM

    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.

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      npc3 Apr 8, 2007 09:43 PM

      Have you tried Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale? There can be a wait, but the breakfasts are very good. In my estimation, it is better than Hobee's.

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      1. re: npc3
        jkg Apr 12, 2007 01:44 AM

        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?

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        snewdl Apr 9, 2007 09:15 AM

        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.

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          the scribbler Apr 12, 2007 07:01 AM

          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.

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          1. re: the scribbler
            lamster Apr 12, 2007 03:33 PM

            I second Los Altos Coffee Shop. I moved from Mountain View and I really miss the small town / retro diner.

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            janey Apr 12, 2007 07:57 AM

            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.

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              boettger Apr 12, 2007 03:50 PM

              Los Gatos Cafe probably would fit the bill, though there is often a 10-20 minute wait and it is certainly raucous at times. Service is very friendly for the Bay. Coffee is just okay but I've never had a dish I didn't like. They have lots of oddball stuff like Eggs Benedict-like dishes made with avacado or artichoke. Some of the dishes come with the baked good of the day - usually a muffin of some sort - which is always unusual and delicious. They accept cash only, but the bill should be around $20 for two.

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              1. re: boettger
                nsheth Apr 13, 2007 01:36 AM

                Los Gatos Cafe is great, awesome omelettes. Not really 'close' to Mountain View (probably 20 min drive or so each way).

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                brangwen Apr 14, 2007 11:12 PM

                Thanks for all the suggestions -- we'll give them a try week by week!

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