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Andrew H Jun 19, 2011 12:02 PM

Seriously, if your restaurant is more popular than god, why would you cut back your business hours?

Chad and his crew have done an incredible job, but I won't even think of going on a weekend anymore. You can't even park, much less get in line for service.

And please update your FB page with accurate business hours.

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Fremont Diner
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

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    Malcolm Ruthven Jun 19, 2011 05:40 PM

    How have their hours changed?

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      Andrew H Jun 24, 2011 10:47 PM

      They used to open at 7 on weekends which was perfect to beat the crowds. Now they don't open till 8. Maybe my gripe was overly harsh, but when you show up and the place is shut despite what their advertised hours are...

      1. re: Andrew H
        rworange Jun 25, 2011 01:35 PM

        Their new hours posted on the door under a sign that says "new hours" are:

        Mon-Fri: 8am - 3pm

        Sat-Sun: 8am - 4pm

        They should, however take down the faded blue sign under their restaurant sign that says "open at 7am".

        Are they crowded at 8am?

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          Andrew H Jul 3, 2011 06:21 PM

          OK they corrected their hours listed on line. I withdraw my gripe. But now they have serious competition for Hole in the Wall which for me is an equal drive.
          8am you can get served w/o a wait.

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            Malcolm Ruthven Jul 21, 2011 10:44 AM

            I was there at 8am this morning (Thursday) and there were only a few people there, and a few more by the time I left at 8:30. No wait at all. I had their smoked brisket hash, complete with caramelized onions, with an egg on top. It was one of the best things I've ever eaten; for that type of food, I don't see how it could have been any better. Each ingredient was great, from the smoked brisket itself to the very-well-spiced-and-cooked chunks of potatoes, plus the caramelized onions and a perfect over-medium egg on top. A very large serving for $9.25. What a gem of a place.

      2. rworange Nov 23, 2011 09:50 PM

        They will be closed Thanksgiving thru Sunday, reopening on Monday Nov 28th.

        Your post popped in my mind today as I was thinking WTF.

        I may be over tired, but stopped by to see if there was anything pickled. Nothing in the coolers. The board says "jar of pickles 2.99.

        What type of pickles, I ask.

        We don't have whole pickles, I'm told

        Did I ASK for whole pickles. No I did not, I think.

        Are they bread and butter pickles?

        We don't have whole pickles.

        Ok, what kind are they.

        I'll ask.. They are just cucumbers in vinegar.

        Um ... well, of course. Just gave up and left.

        Actually there was more give and take about the mystery pickles until I gave up.

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          Andrew H Nov 28, 2011 07:21 PM

          Now it's even more complicated. If you want to sit outside (which is usually the only choice), you have to order inside, they prepare a to go order and you eat outside. More boxes and packaging for our capacious landfills. The food is still incredible but the hoops you have to jump through to actually eat there are kind of a turn off.

          And breakfast shuts off cold at 11am.

          I went to the Fig Cafe in Glen Ellen instead. Good but no cheesy grits.

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            bbulkow Nov 28, 2011 07:25 PM

            Fig Cafe is a-ok. In the evenings, no corkage means a rambunctious crowd with a mix of tourists and locals.

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              susancinsf Nov 30, 2011 06:07 PM

              I really like Fig Cafe also, and for weekend brunch the crowd is fairly mellow....(free corkage if you want to bring a bottle of bubbly at brunch, also)

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