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Jun 16, 2010 08:52 PM

Best Breakfast in Napa/Sonoma?

We're big breakfast fans (that is, fans of the big breakfast) and visiting Sonoma/Napa for the first time. Any suggestions on the best?

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  1. 2 regular suggestions are Fremont Diner and Boon Fly Cafe, both are not in the cities of Sonoma and Napa proper but in the lower counties, wine district.

    Fremont Diner
    2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

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    1. re: wolfe

      Oh, wolfe, we just returned from breakfast at Fremont Diner and it was fantastic. I gather almost everything is locally sourced and they even grind their own grits. We shared chicken and waffles and a side of cheesy grits. The chicken was two nice-sized pieces of white meat with perhaps the best crust I've ever had. That cook definitely knows a thing or two about batter. The waffle was actually half a Belgian waffle which was still plenty for us to share. Our experiences with chicken and waffles has been limited to Amy Ruth's in Harlem which we love. This was even better. I'm originally from Atlanta and can be a pretty harsh critic of grits. These were a solid 10. Coarsely ground so there was a nice mouth feel. They were put in a 6" cast iron skillet and topped with dried Jack cheese and then run under the broiler to melt the cheese. This was the most expensive thing on the menu (chicken and waffles - grits was extra) at $10.50. We're here til Monday and are planning on returning. The oak smoked brisket, sage, caramelized onions, potatoes and fried egg sounds like a must try. I highly recommend this place.

      Fremont Diner
      2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

    2. Boon Fly Café was the first thing to come to mind, after that Soscol Café and Gilwoods.

      Boon Fly Cafe
      4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

      Soscol Cafe
      632 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94559

      1. We love Schellville Grill, a few miles south of the town of Sonoma. They have a great patio outback. The food, IMO, far exceeds the looks of the building which is a plus in my mind.

        Schellville Grill
        22900 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476

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        1. re: c oliver

          We've had breakfast here twice this trip. First time we had what we've had before, the Carneros Scramble which is scrambled eggs with red onions, linguica, jalapenojack cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, green chilies and white beans, served with flour tortillas. This has just great flavor. And I've never had white beans at breakfast before but they were a nice part of the dish's success, both flavor and texture. For research purposes :) I had a bite of SIL's cinnamon raisin French toast. I don't like sweets esp. for breakfast but this could tempt me.

          We went back again this morning and had Ena's Huevos Rancheros, three eggs, linguica, jalapeno jack cheese and house made ranchero sauce (definitely tasted a little chipotle there)on a bed of tortillas and fresh made hash browns. Another keeper.
          I know we'll continue eating here on every stay in Sonoma.

        2. I've liked the very popular Garden Court Cafe & Bakery in Glen Ellen for quite a while. Their "Biscuits and Granny’s sausage and gravy” redefine biscuits and gravy.

          Garden Court Cafe
          13647 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

          1. Love Gillwoods Cafe in St. Helena.

            Gillwoods Cafe
            1320 Napa Town Ctr, Napa, CA 94559

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            1. re: Indy_Foodie

              Yeah, but if the OP is deciding between Napa and Sonoma, than St. Helena is a long haul just for breakfast...

              1. re: CarrieWas218

                The place link and the website show a sister restaurant in City of Napa.