Sonoma is an idyllic small town if you are in need of an escape from city life, and no weekend getaway is complete without a wine country brunch. From chic cafes to homestyle restaurants, here are the eight best places to meet for brunch in Sonoma.
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Located on the town square, Sunflower Caffé offers a variety of brunch dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients. The cafe offers outdoor patio seating and serves breakfast all day. Lovers of more traditional breakfast and brunch dishes can keep it simple with the vegetarian burrito featuring farm fresh eggs. For more adventurous eaters, the chicharron, a classic Peruvian breakfast sandwich, includes pork belly and a spicy mango mayonnaise. If something sweet is desired, the waffle bar provides the opportunity to mix and match waffles and toppings to create the perfect plate.
Situated next to Sunflower Caffé is El Dorado Kitchen, an upscale hotel restaurant combo with a varied Sunday brunch menu. Seafood lovers can start with the ahi tuna tartare from the appetizer menu and move to the smoked salmon benedict for the main course. Oysters are also served daily, and can be enjoyed in the outdoor courtyard underneath the trees. EDK and executive chef Armando Navarro pride themselves on showcasing local, seasonal ingredients in the dishes served.
Rounding out the brunch spots located on the historic Sonoma Plaza is The Girl and the Fig. Another upscale dining experience, The Girl and the Fig allows customers to choose between indoor seating and a secluded outdoor dining area. Sunday brunch pairs French cuisine with an American twist. The quiche lorraine is a French staple, while the potato rösti with grilled avocado provides that Californian flavor. For a lighter meal, a single pastry or an assortment of morning buns, croissants, and chocolate twists can be ordered off the ‘From the Oven menu.’
For a more family oriented experience, visit The Breakaway Cafe. The restaurant has a comfortable and relaxed vibe, making it perfect for groups with younger children. The cafe offers large portions of classic comfort food dishes, such as a country ham scramble and traditional eggs Benedict. Other seasonally inspired plates are the nectarine and blueberry upside down pancake and the florentine Benedict. From the bar, the menu includes both traditional brunch drinks like the mimosa, and more adventurous cocktails like the coconut gelato pina colada. All of this can be enjoyed around large tables with both booth and chair seating in a welcoming environment.
Another relaxed dining experience is Community Cafe, located just off of the Sonoma Plaza. This cafe features a menu of fresh, homestyle cuisine to match the welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant. After ordering, diners can grab a local newspaper and take a seat in the spacious cafe or the fenced in outdoor seating area to eat under a canopy of trees. The menu is varied and includes dishes for all types of diets, including a handful of both gluten free and vegan options. The butternut, tofu, and kale hash is a modern twist to the classic breakfast dish. Diners looking for a hearty brunch can order a bacon, pork, or chicken apple sausage from the ‘add on menu’ to round out their meal.
Creekside Cafe ties together a jumble of quirky elements to create a unique but comforting homestyle dining experience. A different set of novelty salt and pepper shakers from the owner’s personal collection adorns each table, along with homemade jams and jellies. The huevos rancheros are highly regarded by customers as the best in the valley, and the rest of the comfort food staples do not disappoint. On weekends, diners have the added option of ordering eggs Benedict. Creekside Cafe is the ideal restaurant if looking for a old school diner experience.
The Fremont Diner, Fremont Drive | Courtesy of The Girl and the Fig
The Fremont Diner
The Fremont Diner blends locally sourced, seasonal ingredients with country style cooking for a high quality homestyle dining experience. This is not the restaurant for a traditional brunch experience, but caters to those looking for a classic country meal for a reasonable price. Egg lovers have the ‘Coop’ menu to peruse, and can select dishes such as the fried egg sandwich or hash. From the ‘Farm’ section of the menu, diners can select the farmer’s toast, with roasted asparagus, bellwether ricotta, sunny egg, truffle oil, and black pepper.
Texan barbecue with Tuscan style wine country food paired with locally butchered meats helped to put Schellville Grill on the map as a staple of Sonoma eating. Head chef Matthew Nagan has been featured on more than one occasion on the food network, helping solidify his restaurant as a prime location for barbecue fare. However, the food does not stop at the grill. The breakfast menu features a wide variety of dishes to choose from. The cubano plays up the barbecue prowess of Schellville Grill, pairing cardamom firecracker-smoked pork loin, with eggs and hashbrowns. Hotcakes are also available, and diners can choose between a classic short stack or a pancake sandwich.