Ready to escape the city for a leisurely day in Marin? Start off your adventure at one of these fine breakfast joints. Not only will breakfast be the most important meal of your day, it will also be the most delicious.
Reminiscent of a French Bistro, Rustic Bakery is the perfect spot for a quick, casual breakfast. A favorite among locals since it opened its doors in Larkspur, Rustic Bakery now has two additional locations in Marin. You can snack on delicious, house-made pastries or a variety of soups, sandwiches, and salads. Top it off with the famous Stumptown drip coffee. Outdoor seating offers the perfect spot for repose on a lazy weekend morning, or if you’re in a rush, Rustic Bakery’s delicacies can just as easily be taken to go. If you need any more reason to head over, the Pope personally chose Rustic Bakery to cater his flights during his recent visit to the States. Talk about holy bread.
Rustic Bakery, 1139 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA, USA +1 415 925 1556
Lundy’s Home Cooking is a classic diner that won’t disappoint a big appetite or a small wallet. With Tiffany lamps and swivel bar chairs, the timeless interior will make you feel instantly at home. The omelet is a staple dish, served with a plethora of fresh ingredients and a hefty side of home-fried potatoes and toast. The service is fast and friendly, and you can peek in on the bustling kitchen action if you choose to sit at the counter.
Lundy’s Home Cooking, 1143 4th St, San Rafael, CA, USA +1 415 456 7669
A staple in the Sausalito community, Fred’s boasts both hefty breakfast specialties and a prime waterfront location. Favorite dishes here include the french toast and millionaire’s bacon, though every dish is guaranteed to leave you satiated. The wait for weekend brunch is surprisingly reasonable, and friendly, hometown vibes will make you want to come early and stay until closing.
Fred’s Place, 1917 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA, USA +1 415 332 4575
With armchairs scattered throughout the space and eclectic knick-knacks hanging from the walls, Theresa and Johnny’s is a retro, hodgepodge restaurant that serves unique breakfast dishes. Signature plates are the Crispy French Toast, which is fried to perfection, and the Swedish pancakes. The huge portions are perfect for sharing, though it may be hard to give up your last bite. Bring cash, as Theresa and Johnny’s doesn’t accept cards, and be prepared to experience breakfast in a whole new way.
Theresa & Johnny’s Comfort Food, 817 4th St, San Rafael, CA, USA +1 415 259 0182
Started by a Louisiana family, The Hummingbird has some of the best Cajun-comfort cooking you’ll find, period. Thinking outside the ‘toast, bacon, and eggs’ box, the Hummingbird serves chicken and waffles, Dungeness crab benedicts, and good ol’ gumbo. Wash it down with black coffee and a few powdered-sugar beignets, and you’ll be in an elated state (and possibly a food coma). The Hummingbird fills up quickly for weekend brunch, so arrive early to put your name on the list.
The Hummingbird, 57 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA, USA +1 415 457 9866