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Oct 29, 2010 06:39 AM

I'm looking for the best breakfast/bruch in Silicon Valley. Your favorites?

I'd love to find some great breakfast places to try out on the weekends -- my boyfriend comes to visit me here in Mountain View each weekend and so far we haven't found anything great yet. I'd love to hear about all your favorites. Whether it be a greasy spoon, organic-locally-sourced healthier-than-thou joint, or "ethnic" hole-in-the-wall . . . tell me about your favorite breakfast in Silicon Valley!

Thanks in advance,


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  1. I like the cinnamon and sugar dusted morning buns/lattes and the beautiful atmosphere at Flour Flower in San Jose (not far from Downtown Willow Glen for after breakfast wandering
    )The bacon or sausage breakfast burritos at Cafe Rosaleana are pretty tasty (checkout the cinnamon bread bakery a couple doors down) and the wheat germ encrusted pancakes at Stacks have a lovely nutty flavor and approach healthy We go to the one in Campbell and then hit the farmers market there on Sunday or the book/yarn/olive oil shops.
    "A Good Morning" in Los Altos (right on the border of Mountain View) is pretty good. Portions are large. We love the breakfast sandwich on sourdough and the scrambles. They have a fresh squeezed orange juice machine.
    The bagels at Saratoga Bagels are nice and chewy They are far better than Noah's. After, you can hit the Book Go Round in Saratoga Village for incredibly cheap used books. A little shopping after brunch is good for digestion!

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    1. re: Tumkers

      Thanks for your recommendations! This morning, we ended up buying sausages at Dittmer's -- chicken spinach/parmesan, chicken bell pepper, and chicken portobello. We came home and ate them with some homemade whole grain rye/wheat bread, and they were quite a delicious (if seriously hearty) breakfast!

      Dittmer's Gourmet Meats
      400 San Antonio Rd Ste 4, Mountain View, CA 94040

    2. If you'd like to venture more south you can try the following:
      1. Stacks in Campbell has awesome everything. My favorite is the banana macadamia coconut pancakes.
      2. Sweet Pea in Los Gatos is quaint and makes yummy buckwheat crepes - personal favorite is the crepes boulderado - horseradish, roast beef, caramelized onions..yum. And you have to get a dessert crepe.
      3. Bills in Willow Glen - if you're in the mood for a party! Shots! Craziness and an overall good time.
      4. Los Gatos Cafe in Los Gatos (The Ole' Iron Skillet) - for some breakfast fare + an extra large cinnamon roll that's pure indulgence.
      5. Original Pancake House - for the absolutely most amazing, pancake for pancake.

      Hope you go exploring and let us know how it goes!!!!

      Iron Skillet Cafe
      15662 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA

      1. I'm not a breakfast person, but no one else is responding.

        Buck's, Woodside. If you haven't been at least once, you haven't experienced silicon valley.

        Peninsula Creamery - because everything there is good. Even if they don't have marrow spoons when they serve osso bucco.

        St Michaels Alley. Haven't been myself but have a good feeling.

        Mayfield Bakery - been for lunch and dinner a few times, looks like it should have a killer brunch.

        Dim Sum at ABC Seafood (foster city) or Fu Lam Mum (mv), assuming you don't want to drive to Millbrea or Sunnyvale.

        Left Bank Menlo Park - I think they've been on the upswing, and they have brunch. Worth a shot.

        Cafe Barrone - my god, the food there just keeps getting better. The short ribs are killer. The menu's short, but if you can find something you like, it'll taste good. Has waffles and oatmeal and coffee, not so sure about eggs.

        Re: stacks, there are multiple, including Menlo Park and somewhere else on el camino. Never looked terribly promising, if your comparison is a mess of sausage's from dittmer's, which sounds awesome, I think stacks might be a let-down.

        Good brunching!

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        1. re: bbulkow

          Wow, thanks for the wealth of suggestions! I had a feeling Mayfield Bakery would be a good bet - saw a Giusto's Vita Grain truck delivering flour to their place, which is always a good sign. And I haven't been to Cafe Barrone in a million years -- used to go their for late night espressos back in high school! Dim sum sounds like a great idea too -- was living in SF last year (in Nob Hill, just a few blocks from China Town) and used to get cheap dim sum take-out all the time. Thanks again.

          Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
          855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

          1. re: operagirl

            Cafe Brioche on California Ave, too. Love that place for dinner.

            When I'm trying to just think of someplace new, I often use Y*lp. Their reviews and rankings are terrible, but it at least reminds me what's possible. They have a feature where you can search by the time something is open.

            Cafe Brioche
            445 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

            1. re: operagirl

              Mayfield is super good but expensive. We LOVE breakfast and our go-to place is Peninsula Creamery. They have great egg dishes and really good quality.

              St Michael's Alley was good, not great.

              Cafe Brioche and Jeanie's on Cal are very similar and decent. It's fun to go there on Sunday during the farmer's market.

              Skip Hobee's but you probably already know that.

              St Michael's Alley
              806 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

              Peninsula Creamery
              900 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

              Cafe Brioche
              445 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

          2. Cafe San Jose. Perfect breakfast place!