Sonoma County – home of Michelin- and Zagat-rated restaurants – also lays claim to some of the best breakfast diners anywhere.
And, yes, those are Sonoma-fresh eggs lying next to the local sausage, and the toast comes from any number of locally owned bakeries. Whether you’re sampling fresh fruit or nibbling on a more exotic Dungeness crab omelet, chances are the ingredients come from Sonoma County.
Enough about how it’s made, here are just a few of the many places to find an amazing array of food in the morning:
- Costeaux French Bakery is celebrated for its legendary artisan breads – including the Sonoma County Harvest Fair best of show ciabatta — and open-air bakery cafe. 417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707-433-1913
- Dierk's Parkside Café owner-chef Mark Dierkhising believes enjoying well-prepared food is a shared experience — shared with those growing it, those preparing it, those serving it, and those eating it. 404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-573-5955
- Hank's Creekside Restaurant is an old-time favorite “greasy-spoon” that’s been dishing up breakfast for more than 20 years. It was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 2800 4th St., Santa Rosa, 707-575-8839
- Jeffrey's Hillside Café was opened by acclaimed chef Jeffrey Madura, who created quite a following as head chef at John Ash & Co. 2901 4th St., Santa Rosa, 707-546-6317
- Fremont Diner is the epitome of old-school-meets-new. This favorite local spot has earned the thumbs-up from everyone from Sunset magazine to the San Francisco Chronicle. See why when you order classic breakfast grub like shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, or pancakes and French toast: The menu may read like this is your run-of-the-mill roadside dive, but locally sourced ingredients and playful flavors make this diner a true stand-out. 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma, 707-938-7370
- Santé restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is known for its breakfasts, especially the lemon and cottage cheese pancakes with crème fraîche. Add a side of Caggiano chicken apple sausage links and, wow, no need to stop for lunch later. 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707-938-9000
- Schellville Grill rolls out a full line of scrambles, omelets, and hotcakes before the lunch and dinner crowds show up hungry for Texas-style barbecue. This California roadhouse is Food-Network-approved.
Western Sonoma County
- Hole in the Wall Restaurant serves California comfort food in a cozy setting with an open kitchen where you can watch chef Adam work magic behind the line. 972 Gravenstein Highway S., Suite 100, Sebastopol, 707-861-3777
- Howard Station Café serves healthy organic ingredients and provides a place of comfort through delicious food. Bring cash; they don’t accept credit or debit cards. 3611 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, 707-874-2838
- Lowell's, offers a variety of sustainable, organic delights in both its Weekday Breakfast and Weekend Brunch. 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 829-1077
- Rocker Oysterfeller’s celebrates the bounty of Sonoma County’s farms, ranches, and ocean. Primarily a popular dinner restaurant, it also serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 14415 Coast Highway 1, Valley Ford, 707-876-1983
- Tea Room Cafe is renowned for its French toast, as well as its pancakes, omelets, scrambles, and more (including daily lunch and a Sunday brunch), all made with fresh local ingredients. 316 Western Ave. Petaluma, 765-1099
- Wild Flour Bread is such a popular bakery, people come from miles around to sample their hot-from-the-wood-fired-oven fresh breads, scones, sticky buns, and more. Open Friday through Monday. 140 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-874-2938
- Omelette Express has been a breakfast staple in Santa Rosa since 1977. In 2007, a second location opened in Windsor, serving loyal customers who live in northern Sonoma County. 150 Windsor River Road, Windsor, 707-838-6920 (or 112 4th Street, Santa Rosa, 707-525-1690)