Sonoma: Fremont Diner - Ham w/red-eye gravy, organic drip coffee, white grits, griddlecakes, cheerwine float, sweet tea and house-made fresh plum popsicles
Imagine breakfast on a comfy sunporch ... or even better ... sitting outside at a picnic table staring at the vinyards just a few feet away. Breakfast starts at 7 am.
I had ...
- homemade biscuit with house-made cardemon plum jam
- cheesey grits
- ham with red-eye gravy
- 1 griddlecake with maple syrup
- breakfast tea (loose leaf, not bagged)
- OrganicTaylor-made coffee
For the road
- sweet tea
- plum popsicle
I have no expertise in Southern food ... so take this with that in mind. However, this was as fine a breakfast as I've had in a long, long time.
The grits were a standout. As a side they are in a large ... large .. white crock ... they are finished with a bit of cheese on top, a few scattered slice green scallions and a little pepper, I think. However, if you wanted plain grits, this would still be a great dish ... the grits creamy, yet with substance.
The pancake didn't look like much, but was very tasty and had a nice texture, not light and fluffy but a little nutty.
I never had red-eye gravy before ... it is ham drippings mixed with coffee. The thin sauce on top of the thick (1/4 inch, at least) slice of scored, grilled ham didn't look like much. At first I thought, eh. Then the coffee started to come through and though subtle, it is good eats.
The plum jam was excellent ... nicely spiced with cardemom and it had a good tart plum flavor. The biscuit was odd though. They cut it in half, buttered it and griddled it. It was good, but next time I'll ask for a plain biscuit.
I hope they provide tea pots in the future. While it is brewed to order with tea leaves, it is just served in a mug.
The sweet tea was very nice and not tooth-rotting sweet like some.
That plum popsicle was plumb excellent. Tart, not too sweet and the fruit starred.
The menu is on a chalkboard around the counter. Place an order and pick a seat at one of the sunny country tables with the mismatched chairs. Gaze out at the parking lot with the ancient truck parked in front with the owner's big brown dog ambling around.
There is a counter that is right in the kitchen with three red wooden stools. Hooks for hats or purses are under the counter.
There's a counter by the door with cream and sugar for the coffee. It has a dispenser with mason jar glasses for the water.
Each table has white crocks with the silverware.
There are a few jars of sensible candies such as jawbreakers, Mary Janes, Zots, red vines, double bubble, Tootsie pops. There are even jars of dog biscuits. I am guessing this is a dog-friendly place.
This was the old Babe's Burger location which has been remodeled very nicely. There are also a dozen picnic tables outside with umbrellas for shade. White lights are strung over the picnic area for when it gets dark, I guess. That seems like it would be pleasant.
It has just opened, so there are some things to be worked out. However, this was a promising first visit.
Thanks to Doodleboomer for the first post.
I'll post the menu in that link. However, I wanted to call attention in the title to some foods that often interest Chowhounds. There are times I miss the old Chowhound where the title could be changed with the reply.
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA