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Mar 26, 2010 04:59 PM

Breakfast in Santa Maria?

The area seems bereft of reviews, likely reflecting the limited options, but does someone have something nice to say about a good spot for breakfast? (Not Brunch, breakfast)


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  1. Don't knock it, but when in doubt on the road we always find the nearest IHOP for good flavor and value. Love those Swedish pancakes. Best ever.

    There is one in Santa Maria:

    Or you can always try the funky old wonderful Santa Maria Inn on Broadway for historic charm. It is hard to ruin a breakfast so while other meals may be less than steller, you can count on at least the breakfast classics served in a wonderful setting and learn about both the history of this hotel and the town itself. They have a nice outdoor garden dining setting for their restaurant too, if it is open for breakfast.

    Scroll down and you will get the breakfast menu that goes on for serveral pages, as well as their daily breakfast buffet items list at the Garden Restaurant:

    Link with photos:

    Santa Maria Inn
    801 S Broadway Ste 5, Santa Maria, CA 93454

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    1. re: glbtrtr

      I cant believe that no one has suggested Kay's in Orcutt. The best breakfast anywhere in this area. Traditional southern style breakfast served all morning and afternoon. Orange Juice served out or mason jars. Home made jams, fresh buiscuts, good chicken fried steak and gravy. There is a line out the door most Saturdays and Sundays through lunch time.

      1. re: chickendud

        Thanks for posting the menu, sounds interesting. How long has it been there? All I recall for b'fast in Orcutt is Jack's.

        I've always wondered what Rick's could do with breakfast...

        1. re: toodie jane

          Gulp, we know what Jack's does with his burgers and pies - overkill of flavorless, inferior food product hoping that size alone matters. Jack's is joke food in the worst way. Ugh.

          Orcutt Jack and Orcutt Rick should never be mentioned in the same post lest the unwary become confused. ;-)

          1. re: glbtrtr

            so do people call it Joke's? I recall a particularly boring breakfast there. There was much consumption going on in the room, but we were not happy.

            I may NEED to go to Orcutt early tomorrow for...for...well, breakfast, for one thing.

          2. re: toodie jane

            I have been eating breakfast there for 5 years, but they likely have been around for much longer than that.

        2. There is really no great b'fast shop in SM. IHOP has the best pancakes, and I've gotten great service there even on a busy Sunday morning.

          There are several DeliMex places where you can get a good burrito or any standard mexican dish. Most places open at 9 or 10:00. The best Mexican food is there, not at any of the sit down Mexican ("Authentic!") restaurants.

          The tiny market behind the 7-11 on North Broadway is always good. They do machaca burritos, ham, and all the standard meats.

          As for great coffee, h-m-m. The little coffee house in the Town Center West on South Broadway near Main (Big 5, Rite Aid, etc) has good coffee drinks. Since CAfe Monet sold, there isn't a great coffee house that I know of in Santa Maria. Would love to learn about one.

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          1. re: toodie jane

            nearest place north is McKlintock's on Bridge street in Arroyo Grande. Take the Grand Ave exit, go right; proceed through the signal at Traffic Way, then take the next right, Bridge St., Just across the green steel brisge, on the left.

            1. re: toodie jane

              Thanks, all. Yelpers like a spot called "Franciscos" on N. Broadway....any thoughts?

              1. re: MRMoggie

                I've been there a few times, it was just OK for me, the party I was with liked it a lot. There's also Pappy's on Betteravia, I would equate them with Francisco's.

                My favorite breakfast spots are in Arroyo Grande and Orcutt if you're willing to travel.

                1. re: emmisme

                  Do share those extra spots for the rest of us - Orcutt is such a surprising sleeper dining destination and it would be nice to know some spots in AG as well, along with its legendary ice cream place. Or was that Atascadero - I gotta try it some day.

                  1. re: glbtrtr

                    I love CJ's in Arroyo Grande and previous poster mentioned Kay's and Jack's in Orcutt. Huckleberry's in Pismo is just OK if you must.

                  2. re: emmisme

                    Please share any AG recs that you have for breakfast. The good breakfast places tend to come and go all the time and lately I haven't found anything in AG worth going back to for breakfast.

                    1. re: mliew

                      Had a good breakfast on a weekday at McClintock's in Arroyo Grande last July on our way to Morro Bay and San Simeon, but can't find my post. . . place was half full of locals.

                      Had the huevos rancheros and enjoyed them; rest of our group did omelettes. I'd stop in again.

                      McClintocks F Saloon & Dining House
                      133 Bridge St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

                      1. re: mliew

                        Scotty's Bar & Grill in pismo on Price St acorss fromt the Cracked Crab does breakfast on Sat & Sun only. I can't vouch for the rest of the menu, but the Huevos Rancheros is good. Black beans and good cilantro-spiced rice. Good but mild salsa, eggs poached just right. And it's not crowded.

                        Scotty's Bar & Grill
                        750 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449