San Francisco is home to some of the best brunch locales, but just 30 minutes south of the big city sits Fremont, a city that offers great breakfast joints worth exploring. From the quick breakfast you grab before work to the sit down family tradition, these ten breakfast places have something for everyone.
Big proportions, quick service and mimosas — what else could you want in a breakfast? Country Way is one of those old-school, side-of-the-road diners where what you see is what you get. The triangular-shaped building has friendly service and always smells like fresh bacon. While sitting in the diner is always an option, one of the best things about Country Way is their quick service — calling in an order will only take 10-15 minutes and then their delicious breakfast can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.
If you ask anyone in Fremont about Suju’s Coffee, they would point you in the right direction. Suju’s has been an independently owned coffee shop in Fremont since 1992. Since then, they have expanded past coffee and tea and also serve breakfast, pastries and sandwiches. In the last few years, they have opened their second location in Fremont, but the original off of Thornton is the place that many coffee lovers call their second home. With plenty of seating, comfy couches and large windows, it’s easy to grab a seat, enjoy a breakfast sandwich and watch the world pass by. While Suju’s may not offer huge breakfast portions, many people go for the variety of coffees and pastries.
The Nile Café
Covered with mosaic-tiled walls and a private garden patio in the back, The Nile Café is the perfect spot to grab a late morning breakfast. Have a seat at one of the colorful tabletops, order a latte and check out the eclectic art that covers the wall. From murals of ancient Egypt to chairs that say ‘sweet lips’ and wall paintings of sunflowers, there is always a feast for the eyes here. Besides the cool artsy ambiance, the food at the cafe is also fantastic – the family-owned restaurant makes the best breakfast burrito and Vietnamese coffee in town.
Frodo Joe’s Petit Café
Frodo Joe’s is a small cafe in a shopping center near downtown Fremont. From the outside, it seems a little run down, but once inside, you walk into a softly lit room, with purple lamps and floral chairs. Besides the normal table and chair seating, Frodo Joe’s also has a little breakfast nook with comfy couches and pillows to sit back and enjoy some delicious breakfast food with friends. While this restaurant has a large menu, The Culture Trip recommends the crêpes, both savory and sweet, that are served with a variety of side dishes and are paired perfectly with one of their fruit-packed smoothies.
Daily Bagel Café
The motto at Daily Bagel Café should be, ‘if you can dream it on a bagel, we can make it.’ This grab-and-go cafe has every type of bagel combination possible, and if they don’t have it, they will try their best to make it for you. Don’t let the outside fool you; while it may look like an old liquor store combined with a donut shop, the bagels here are delicious. Once you enter, you are greeted by friendly staff and a wall of menu options hanging behind the counter. Customers can sit down at the few tables to enjoy their bagels, or like many, they will take their food to go.
A statue of Elvis Presley sits outside the door to greet guests, and once in the Classic Diner, customers are taken back to the 1950s with black-and-white checkered floors and a jukebox playing the background. Photos of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Marlin Brando hang on the wall next to ‘Open’ neon signs. The Classic Diner serves just that — the classics but with a fun twist to your average morning breakfast.
Dino’s Family Restaurant
Booths lined with red and green vinyl and floral curtains line the walls of Dino’s Family Restaurant. The diner has been around since 1977 and treats every customer like family. Dino’s is home to many regulars, and when walking in, you’ll hear the staff chatting with customers like they are longtime friends. The portions are large and will leave you full for the rest of the day. If you come during a weekday morning, you might see old friends catching up over a game of chess or in a heated debate about the weekly crossword; either way, Dino’s is the best place to eat if you are looking for a home-away-from-home breakfast spot.
Baldie’s is located very close to the border of Fremont in Union City, and a lot of Fremont natives will claim the diner as their own. Most families will spend their Saturday or Sunday mornings waiting to be seated for the restaurants ‘Baldie Special,’ a mixed plate of different breakfast food. The family-owned business resembles any other diner, with vinyl red booths and large mirrors that make the place look a lot larger. With a friendly staff and charming regulars, this place is a great spot to enjoy an early morning with a cup of coffee and a hot breakfast.
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