Rise & Dine: 30+ Best Breakfasts
Mexquite offers both American and south-of-the-border creations, and their version of eggs benedict, Molletes, is a satisfying option for those who can’t choose. Sourdough toast is topped with refried beans, cheese, over-medium eggs, pico de gallo, green onions, queso fresco, and sour cream. But if you’re in need of something simple, nothing screams breakfast like Pancakes. Go full stack with three (or short with two); whichever you choose, they’re served with fruit and sweet maple syrup. Accompany your meal with a Mimosa and you’ll be satisfied till supper. 25095 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-984-8607, mexquite.com
Looking to spruce up your home and simultaneously grab a bite to eat? Pottery World Café in Rocklin has you covered. Once you’re done ogling at their decadent décor, feast on the Asparagus Frittata, Brioche French Toast, or Sweet Cream Pancakes. Their comforting Eggs Benedict comes atop smoked ham and a toasted English muffin smothered in creamy hollandaise, served alongside crispy grilled potatoes. Equally indulgent is their Latte, Mocha, and Hot Chocolate. Dine on their elegant patio complete with lush greenery to round out a relaxing weekend. 4419 Granite Drive, Rocklin, 916-624-8080, potteryworld.com
Where do we start with Placerville breakfast staple, Sweetie Pie’s? They’ve got every option you can think of and then some. From a traditional four-egg Omelet (choose from smoked turkey and asparagus, green chile, or bacon and spinach) to the not-so-common Tofu Scramble and Chile Relleno Casserole (an egg soufflé with cheese, green chiles, and mild salsa), the options are endless. If you’re all egged out, try their Cheese Blintz (crêpes filled with cottage and ricotta cheese, served with sour cream, blueberries, and olallieberries) or Health Nut Pancakes (buttermilk batter studded with oats, walnuts, and cinnamon). And after you’ve decided which delicacy to devour, make sure to grab one of their umpteen baked goods for the road. 577 Main Street, Placerville, 530-642-0128, sweetiepiesrestaurant.com
Flower Farm Café in Loomis is home to six acres of mandarins, a half-acre of Malbec grapes, a variety of fruit trees, large vegetable gardens, and a cutting flower bed. Add to it a café full of delicacies and you’ve got the perfect hangout in springtime. Dig into their Breakfast Burrito (spinach tortilla stuffed with country-style potatoes, scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage, pico de gallo, avocado, and cheese), Flower Farm French Toast (Cinnamon Frosted Flakes-encrusted Texas toast with whipped cream and powdered sugar, with a side of fresh fruit or country-style potatoes), or Avocado Toast (gluten-free option available) while enjoying the soothing environs. 4150 Auburn-Folsom Road, Loomis, 916-652-5661, flowerfarminn.com
Sienna has always had creative offerings for their weekend brunch menu. Elegant flavor combos, tasteful décor, and gracious servers make for a fine dining experience at this El Dorado Hills and Roseville favorite. From Prime Rib Benedict (shaved prime rib, cremini mushrooms, poached egg, and cracked pepper hollandaise with breakfast potatoes) to Very Berry French Toast (cinnamon bread, brown sugar and butter sautéed berries, whipped cream, and your choice of bacon or sausage), you’ll be treated to an endless array of fresh and well-treated food. Sip on Bottomless Mimosas and dig into deliciousness, all while seated on the picturesque patio. 3909 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9694; 1480 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-771-4700, siennarestaurants.com
Fast for an entire day before visiting Venita Rhea’s in Rocklin because you’ll need your appetite! And when you visit, make a beeline for the Chicken Fried Steak. It comes with three eggs, hash browns, and toast, as well as a hearty steak and yummy gravy. If you enjoy some good country home cooking, this is the place for you. Extra-large portions, made-from-scratch recipes, and friendly service make for a satisfying experience. Doesn’t hurt that they offer unlimited Mimosas, too. Try their bevy of benedicts or griddle goodies (giant Gluten-Free Pancakes, anyone?), all within a quaint, cozy atmosphere. 4415 Granite Drive, Suite 1500, Rocklin, 916-624-2697
Under normal circumstances, Reset: Café by Day in Folsom feels like a Victorian coffeehouse by day and a stylish bar at night. However, with the pandemic, they’re currently operating as a coffeehouse and bakery with hopes of reopening soon. Their current offerings include fresh-baked seasonal Scones, Coffee Cake (on Saturdays), and a signature Morning Cookie (sun-dried apricots with warm spices, finished with white chocolate drizzle and pistachios). And once things resume, you can (eagerly) look forward to heartier, savory bites like Avocado Toast (mashed avocado, olive tapenade, red pepper, pickled onions, goat cheese, microgreens, and tuxedo sesame seeds) or B’s Knee’s Toast (almond butter, banana, wild honey, bacon crumbles, finished with a cinnamon-sugar brûlée), along with Murphy’s Irish Coffee and Beermosas. 727b Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-358-9162, resetfolsom.com
If you've put BarnBurner on the back-burner, now's the time to bring it to the front. They've got a menu full of delicious eats like the Tater-Tada, which features a tater tot and egg tortilla layered with cilantro lime-spiked black bean spread, salsa verde, pico de gallo, guac, lettuce, jalapeños, and sour cream. And if you thought French toast couldn't get any more creative, you have to try the Angel Food French Toast featuring the lowish-calorie, light-as-a-cloud cake dipped in vanilla custard, then grilled and topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream; truly a heavenly treat. Before you chow down, sip on a Golden Pineapple Kombucha Mimosa to ready your gut for a filling breakfast. 4800 Granite Drive, Suite 1B, Rocklin, 916-259-1751, barnburnercafe.com
Savor European classics at CT European Cafe & Grill in Shingle Springs, including the Beef Burgundy Crêpe: braised beef with mushrooms, veggies, and spices. Or go sweet with the Lemon Delight Crêpe, which features sweet ricotta cheese, lemon sauce, whipping cream, and a dusting of powdered sugar. If you're looking for a more American-esque plate, you have to try the Nutella Bacon French Toast. With Bellini in hand, you'll have satisfied your European wanderlust. 4064 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, 530-677-5993, crepetowncafe.com
At Granite Rock Grill, they're "a little bit country and a little bit Rocklin roll" so we recommend perusing the “Rocklin's Favorites” section of their menu where you'll find Country Fried Steak with gravy and two eggs. On the flip side, Rosa's Stuffed French Toast is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, as it's stuffed with cream cheese and your choice of blueberries or marmalade (don't forget to ask for a dollop of whipped cream, too). Speaking of, go ahead and order a Hot Chocolate—it’s piled high with the sweet stuff. 5140 Pacific Street, Rocklin, 916-625-9252, graniterockgrill.net
Quaint and cozy Greenhouse Café is the perfect spot for a quality and no-fuss breakfast. Try their original recipe French Toast or Biscuits and Gravy; both speak for themselves and are made with fresh ingredients and, most importantly, lots of love. Pair either with a refreshing glass of homemade Iced Tea and prepare to be pleased. 2864 Ray Lawyer Drive, Suite 106, Placerville, 530-626-4081, facebook.com/greenhousecafeplacerville
Window Box Café serves classic American breakfasts but steps outside the (window) box with the Big Mess: home fries topped with scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, Polish sausage, country sausage, onions, bell peppers, and cheddar and jack cheeses…yeah, you’ll need a napkin or two. Or try their Swedish Crêpes topped with lingonberry sauce, fresh blueberries, and a dusting of powdered sugar. Just don't forget your Mimosa! Try mango, passionfruit or even pomegranate. 6835 Five Star Boulevard, Rocklin, 916-259-2114, windowboxcafe.com
Nutritious and delicious is the name of the game at Nèkter Juice Bar. Whether you wake up with the aptly named Immunity Bowl (dragon fruit, acerola cherry, strawberries, bananas, agave, house-made cashew milk, vanilla chia, and hempseed granola) or the peanut buttery Protein Power Bowl, you’ll be ready to dive into the day. For some liquid fuel, the electric-hued Pink Flamingo—a smoothie blended with pitaya, strawberries, pineapple, agave nectar, and coconut water—is a primo, and pretty, pick. 1410 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 110, Roseville, 916-771-0428; 900 East Bidwell Street,Suite A400, Folsom, 916-790-8420; 5442 Hazel Avenue, Suite 502, Fair Oaks, 916-903-7038, nekterjuicebar.com
Remember the days when we travelled abroad and marveled at how beautiful breakfasts around the world were? Us too. Thankfully, at Pho Mimi, you can get a taste of Vietnam close to home. From Mimi’s Signature Breakfast (beef, eggs, sausages, meatballs, pâté, and cilantro) to a bowl of steaming Pho (the Southeast Asian nation's preferred breakfast), there’s something for all adventurous eaters—just don’t forget to order the sweet and super strong Vietnamese Ice Condensed Milk Coffee. 25004 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 121, Folsom, 916-542-7913, phomimi.com
Diners, such as Train Station Coffee Shop, are perfect when you’re hungry for nostalgia with a side of warm, welcoming service. This Cameron Park mainstay is known for many things, but sweet cravings are certain to be satisfied after indulging in the Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast. For something on the savory side, try the Southern Scramble (two biscuits, two sausage patties, and scrambled eggs with gravy—all served up in a skillet). Wear your stretchiest pants and start your day on the right track! 4274 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, 530-677-6287, train-shop.edan.io
Bennett’s Kitchen Bar Market has certainly made a name for itself in its relatively short time in business and for good reason: their brunch menu is a popular weekend treat. We suggest Corned Beef Hash—house-braised corned beef, smashed potatoes, red bell peppers, and onions with poached eggs. If you have a morning sweet tooth, go for the Stuffed French Toast—filled with decadent orange marmalade and cream cheese. Either option pairs well with their Ramos Fizz: a hand-shaken gin cocktail with egg whites and sweetened cream. Prepare for a full (and happy) stomach. 1595 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-750-5150, bennettskitchen.com
Escape to Mario’s Early Toast and pretend you’re waking up surf-side with an order of their Maui French Toast. Thick slices of bread are dipped in a vanilla cream-cinnamon egg batter then griddled to golden perfection and topped with bananas, coconut, and macadamia nuts before being bathed in warm, sticky caramel syrup. For those hungry for something healthier, the Crossfit Skillet promises to please without weighing you down (pun intended). Wash it all down with one of their myriad mimosas—our favorite is the Gummy Worm featuring mango purée and fruit punch. 8425 Sierra College Boulevard, Roseville, 916-771-2173, mariosearlytoast.com
A new and welcome addition to Folsom is Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. The beloved Sacramento-based café serves up a variety of espresso drinks (we recommend the White Mocha, though the hard-to-find Flat White is tasty too), fresh-roasted coffee beans, tea, and specialty toasts. The Almond Butter Toast (ask for it with “The Works”) features sourdough toast loaded with almond butter, cocoa nibs, bananas, and honey; and the Smashed Avo Toast (also with “The Works”) comes with avocado, lemon, radish, sprouts and nut dukkah on sourdough. They almost look too pretty to eat…almost. 25055 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-358-9950, chocolatefishcoffee.com
Coffee Republic is a community staple that offers an assortment of breakfast foods, which—luckily for late risers—is served all day long. We recommend the Bistro Breakfast BLT with eggs, dill Havarti cheese, avocado, and house-made bistro sauce (in addition to the namesake ingredients) all on toasted sourdough.
Can’t decide between land or ocean for breakfast? Land Ocean has you covered with their weekend brunch. Go for the Country Fried Steak and Eggs, served with sausage gravy and a side of country potatoes, or the Crab Cake Benedict (crab cakes topped with poached eggs, mango hollandaise, and sweet pepper relish; served with country potatoes). But first, start off with Bottomless Mimosas…someone’s gotta find that bottom! 2720 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-983-7000; 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 241, Roseville, 916-407-5640, landoceanrestuarants.com
Before you even ask, no, you can’t have just mimosas for breakfast, but the extensive menu at Friends with Benedicts Mimosa House offers plenty of options. Spice things up with their You’re the “Juan” Skillet, which tops country potatoes with three eggs scrambled alongside chorizo, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, sour cream, and a side of crispy chips and salsa roja. If you think puns are fun, order The Folsom “Dam” It’s Big Benedict: a toasted English muffin topped with bacon, sausage, ham, jack and cheddar cheeses, two poached eggs, and house-made hollandaise. And with a name like that, you’re bound to order a Blushing Mimosa: a blend of orange juice, pineapple, and grenadine. 2201 Francisco Drive, Suite 100, El Dorado Hills, 916-936-4830, friendswithbenedictsinc.com
House-made syrups and chai, smooth espresso, and ethically sourced coffee are just a sampling of the reasons Totem Coffee is a beloved breakfast pick. Locals love the Lavender Latte and Vegan Donuts (flavors change daily), but the Tofu Bahn Mi Bagel (loaded with sriracha cream cheese, smoky marinated tofu, pickled onions and carrots, sprouts, and cilantro) is equally enticing, as are the Granola Cups (organic vanilla yogurt and fresh organic berries) and fresh-baked, gluten-free Pastries. Grab a seat on their gorgeous patio and while the day away. 312 Main Street, Suite 104, Placerville, 530-903-3280, totemcoffeeroasters.com
Head to Goose Port Public House on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a delicious brunch featuring familiar favorites like Chilaquiles Rojo. Heat up with this traditional Mexican breakfast of tortilla chips simmered in red sauce with shredded chicken, cheddar and jack cheeses, two eggs, cotija cheese, and serrano chiles. Perhaps the Boston-Style Bacon & Egg Sandwich is more your style where two eggs, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and mayo are perfectly “sandwiched” between sourdough toasts. With a cocktail in hand (try Phil’s Greyhound), your weekend is bound to be wonderful. 316 Vernon Street, Roseville, 916-886-5080, gooseport.com
Don’t waffle on The Waffle Experience. They’ve got palate-pleasing options for all, like Praise the Lard—a lardon-studded herb waffle with house-braised pork belly, a fried egg, arugula, roasted tomatoes, ricotta, and cracked pepper agave syrup. And for dessert (or your main course, we won’t tell) try Smor’Tella, which tops a cacao liege waffle with Nutella, bananas, toasted marshmallows, graham cracker crumble, Nutella rum sauce, bananas foster sauce, plus a sprinkle of powdered sugar. If that’s not enough for you, opt for their Bloody Mary Bar where you can add a BLT slider (among other things) to your cocktail. 13405 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 950, Folsom, 916-805-5938, thewaffleexperience.com
If you’re looking for a classic breakfast, Gold Miner Café will hit the spot! On the sweet side, we recommend the Cesar’s: a warm homemade cinnamon roll with raisins, walnuts, frosting, and butter. If you’re looking for something savory, try J&J’s Taco Omelet: spicy ground beef, tomatoes, onions, olives, jack and cheddar cheeses, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and tortilla strips. You’ll hit a gold mine with either option, especially when paired with a Hibiscus (cranberry juice and Champagne). 426 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-984-4181, goldminercafe.net
You don’t have to travel to France to try authentic French cuisine. La Provence Restaurant & Terrace offers a brunch menu filled with French-inspired cooking, like a classic Croque Madame where ham, melted brie, and Mornay sauce fill toasted brioche with a fried egg on top (you can also go sans egg and order the Croque Monsieur). If an American breakfast is more your speed, go for the Breakfast Skillet, which includes your choice of bacon, pork sausage or ham, two eggs any style, breakfast potatoes, and cheese. For that sweet balance, sip on a Pear Bellini…or three. 110 Diamond Creek Place, Roseville, 916-789-2002, laprovenceroseville.com
Great crêpes (and croissants…and cookies!) await at Julian’s Pâtisserie and Café. On the savory side, try the Crêpe California featuring chicken, bacon, mozzarella, avocado, and tomato. If a sweet treat is calling, the Crêpe Forest Berries—stuffed with vanilla pastry cream, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries—can’t be missed. Both pair well with a Latte (hot or iced) and while you’re at it, grab a few fresh pastries for the road; their Almond Croissant is always a crowd-pleaser. 6610 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite 7, Folsom, 916-936-4735, julianscafe.com
The breakfast world is your oyster at Scott’s Seafood Roundhouse in Historic Folsom where, yes, you can order Smoked Oysters or Rockefeller Oysters. From an Apple Hill Compote Belgian Waffle with Woodford Reserve bourbon salted caramel and fresh whipped cream, to a Fresh Bay Crab Louis Salad, and a Three-Egg Fresh Dungeness Crab Omelet, there’s a creative, well-executed offering for all. Stop by weekends from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to get your fill of the aforementioned plates, plus many more! 824 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-989-6711, scottsseafoodroundhouse.com
House of Oliver offers an extensive wine list and dinner menu, but did you know their bistro (located next door) offers breakfast and lunch to go? The Kickin’ Granola Bowl (rolled oats, slivered almonds, walnuts, and toasted coconut served over a bed of berries and honey yogurt) is a healthy but still hearty way to greet the day; or treat yourself (we approve!) to a Croissant Sticky Sando, where the flaky pastry is filled with Nutella, house-made granola, honey, and bananas. Don’t forget to grab a Sweet Latte for an extra tasty morning buzz. 3992 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 140, Roseville, 916-773-9463, houseofoliver.com
Mornings (or afternoons; breakfast is served till 4 p.m.!) are made brighter at Diamond Springs Hotel. Built back in 1916, the historic hotel has since closed, but the restaurant remains open—serving up everything from a stick-to-your-ribs Lobster Benedict, to the fluffiest Stack of Flapjacks in (dare we say) all of El Dorado County. Charming with generously portioned plates, we have one piece of advice: Bring your appetite! 545 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, 530-621-1730, diamondsprings-hotel.com
The Purple Place may be El Dorado Hills’ original roadhouse, but this family-friendly favorite serves up delicious eats all day long. Go all out with the Chef’s Mess, which loads three eggs, fresh biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, and country potatoes all onto one plate. Or go classic with the eggs-cellent El Dorado Omelet: bacon, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, and jack cheese (with a side of country potatoes, of course). And don’t forget to grab The Purp’s Bloody Mary (Tahoe Blue vodka, special recipe Bloody Mary mix, spicy green bean, celery, pepperoncini, olive, and lime)—and cheers to local eats! 363 Green Valley Road, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-2313, thepurp.com
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Breakfast in Bed: 7 Must-Haves
Stray away from cereal for the umpteenth time with this collection of hundreds of home-cooking recipes from across the globe. Accessible and straightforward, each recipe comes with notes offering cultural context and culinary insight.
Runamok Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup, $19.99 at Newcastle Produce, 9230 Cypress Street, Newcastle, 916-663-2016, newcastleproduce.com
Swirl this crowd-pleasing syrup—infused with warm, spicy cinnamon and fragrant vanilla—on top of pancakes, waffles, or even into a glass of milk for a morning meal worth waking up for.
Bacon Cooker Set, $39.99 at Not Too Shabby, 729 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-985-8979, nottooshabbyshop.com
Microwave your bacon in this ceramic cooker that features debossed sentiments and a joined saucer for grease collection. It’s a less messy and more whimsical way to enjoy everyone’s favorite a.m. protein!
Tarantas Sparkling Rosé, $10.99 at Placerville Food Co-op, 535 Placerville Drive, Placerville, 530-621-3663, placervillefood.coop
What’s breakfast without bubbles? Made with organically grown grapes, this bottle boasts a bright ruby hue with aromas of berry and cherry, bubblegum, pressed linen, and lemon zest.
North Fork Chai Granola, $12.50 at Terra Cottage, 722 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-294-7923; 426 Vernon Street, Roseville, 916-899-6721, terracottageshop.com
A delicious small-batch granola (made locally in Newcastle) flavored like your favorite spicy and sweet craft chai; enjoy it plain or mixed into a bowl with berries and yogurt.
Cuisinart Breakfast Central, $99.99 at Placerville Hardware, 441 Main Street, Placerville, 530-622-1151, placervillehardwareinc.com
Pancakes or waffles? With this gadget, you don’t have to decide. It includes a set of four-slice Belgian waffle plates and a four-slot pancake plate that also doubles as a sausage, egg, or Canadian bacon cooker.
Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix, $7.99 at Nugget Markets, 4500 Post Street, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-1433; 771 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville, 916-746-7799; *1509 Blue Oaks Boulevard, Roseville, 916-918-1900, nuggetmarket.com (*Opening March 4)
Gluten-free and whole-grain, this mix makes perfect pancakes (or waffles!) every time—and only requires water, oil, and an egg.
Martinelli’s Sparkling Blush, $3.49 at Raley’s, locations vary, raleys.com
Kiddos—and adults, too!—will go crazy for this refreshing, sophisticated sip that’s made of fresh apples and a hint of raspberry juice.
Ask a Chef
Keep a ceramic bowl next to your stovetop to collect it. I like the little bacon bits in it, but you can strain them out if you want it to last longer (refrigerating it also extends the shelf life). Use it when cooking eggs or sautéing vegetables (either alone or when starting a stew or soup) and meats like pork chops. It adds a delicious layer of flavor to just about everything!
—Stephanie Hibbert, Chef, Founder, Consultant
Do you have any tips and tricks to making perfect scrambled eggs?
The trick to perfect scrambled eggs is to whip them thoroughly before cooking and not to add salt, as it will toughen them. You can also add a teaspoon of milk per egg. Cook them in a Teflon pan with a little butter over medium heat, and stir them constantly; it incorporates air and creates a nice curd. Cook till 3/4 done and remove from heat (they will keep cooking). Lastly, stir in a dollop of grass-fed butter and sprinkle with a touch of kosher salt and black pepper if desired.
—Syd Bailey, Chef, Dinner Parties, Group Classes, Private Lessons
What’s the secret to fluffy flapjacks?
The secret is simple! Separate your egg whites from the rest of the mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the rest of the mixture as your last step before dropping them onto the skillet. This tip works great for both pancake and waffle batter.
—Spencer Shapton, Chef Silver Spork Events & Catering
What are some hard-boiled egg hacks?
Start with room temperature eggs and a pot of water with 1-2 tbsp. (or a heavy splash) of white vinegar. Bring the water to a simmer and gently lower in each egg, one at a time. Once in the pot, the water should just cover the eggs and continue to simmer (but not boil) as to avoid any egg-knocking or cracking. Set your timer for desired doneness (8-12 minutes). Once time is up, drain your eggs and place directly into an ice water bath. When the eggs have cooled completely, begin peeling. Chilling the eggs will make peeling a breeze so the colder they get, the easier it will be!
—Megan Kessenich, Recipe Creator, Private Dinners, Cooking Demos
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