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Apr 14, 2011 06:42 PM

Breakfast Recommendation in Wine Country

I need two breakfast recommendations - one for Healdsburg (Fri night) and another for Napa (Sat night).

We will be staying in downtown Napa and waking up on Easter Sunday. We are heading back down to So Cal and don't want to do a big Sunday brunch. Something casual and easy.

Also any good recommendations for ice cream or breads would also be appreciated.

From Healdsburg, we are heading to Santa Rosa->Sonoma->Napa.


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  1. For the Napa side, 3 recs:

    Boon Fly Cafe at the Carneros Inn. Upscale road food. For brunch, start w some hot Boonfly donuts with your coffees. Then, top dishes are breafast flatbread, smoked salmon flatbread, green eggs and ham or eggs Benedict. Full bar.

    Fremont Diner on the road to Sonoma. Southern accented joint with terrific ingredients, cool atmosphere and loyal crowd. I like the grits, bacon and biscuits. Wonderful place.

    Bouchon Bakery. Eat outside with the locals and their dogs after selecting your pastries inside. My favorite is the ham and cheese baguette heated on the panini grill.

    Have fun.

    Bouchon Bakery
    6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

    Boon Fly Cafe
    4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

    Fremont Diner
    2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

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    1. re: cortez

      +1 Bouchon breakfast - I'm a fan of the bacon cheddar scone, will have to try the panini next time. Also, I don't care for it (too big, rich) but my kids and others have raved about about their nutter butter cookie.

    2. On the Santa Rosa leg of your culinary journey, consider taking a 10-minute side trip West on Hwy. 12 to Sebastopol, there to find Screaming Mimi's Ice Cream. Totally worth it. Try a house-baked waffle cone.

      1. These recs are for Napa

        Casual breakfast: Sweetie Pie's (have the apple slice) or ABC Bakery - both downtown. C Casa at the Oxbow Market now has breakfast, and you can also get a bite at Model Bakery (my vote is for the walnut sticky bun, they have some great hot cross buns right now) around the corner but all Model Bakery seating is outside. Hopefully it will be warm by then...... I don't know if any of these places are open Easter morning, so be sure to check. If Fremont diner is open, I think cortez is right and you should hit it for breakfast on your way back south.

        Bread: Model Bakery. Bouchon Bakery is good for breads and breakfast panini (I prefer Model Bakery's pastries) but if you are looking for just a casual breakfast there are plenty of options in the town of Napa, or Fremont Diner on the way south.

        Ice Cream: Three Twins in Oxbow is okay. I do love the cardamom ice cream (but Screaming Mimi's in Sebastopol is definitely better!)

        Bouchon Bakery
        6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

        Model Bakery
        610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

        Sweetie Pies
        520 Main St, Napa, CA 94559

        Fremont Diner
        2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

        C Casa
        644 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

        1. We are in Dry Creek and Russian River at least once a year and always have breakfast at Bovolo (same oweners as Zazu). It is on the square in Healdsburg, come in through the backdoor of Copperfield's Books.

          106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

          Zazu Restaurant
          3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

          1. For a breakfast close to Healdsburg and only 1 minute literally from highway 101 on your way to Santa Rosa is KC Downtown Grill in Windsor. Known for their breakfast, their site explains it all.