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Favorite Breakfast
updated: Dec 27, 2013, 9:05 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

What's your favorite place for breakfast? I'm talking besides Cajun Kitchen or Marmalade, (which was closed the last time I tried to eat breakfast there). I love Tupelo Junction but haven't had stellar service there lately. Moby Dicks is okay food with a great view, The Biltmore is too formal (and expensive). I'm just looking for something to get out of my breakfast rut.

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 COMMENT 480375 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:08 AM

Carl's Jr has fresh made biscuits and the best hash brown bites mmm! Also Alphie's Restaurant on Hollister Ave mmm good

 

 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:09 AM

Garret's. Nice old fashioned family owned long term service personnel, nice counter and good food.

For twice the price and no service but good pastries, Jeannine's.

 

 COMMENT 480379 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:12 AM

Garrets for sure! Silvergreens has a quick and good breakfast menu too.

 

 COMMENT 480381 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:13 AM

East Beach Grill. The location, right there on the beach, is unbeatable, and the Santa Barbara Omelette is good. Pancakes, too. But mostly the location, especially if you have kids, dogs, or both with you. Bike in, if you can, but there is plenty of parking too.

 

 COMMENT 480384 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:23 AM

Saturdays and Sundays the Nugget in Goleta has great breakfasts. Max's on upper State is also really good for breakfast any day. Their orange pecan pancakes are delicious, and at least on weekends they also have some interesting specials for breakfast. Not sure if they have specials other days.

 

 COMMENT 480385 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:23 AM

East Beach Grill for sure. The view, eating outdoors in the fresh morning air and people watching not to mention the wheat germ pancakes can't be beat.

I like eating almost anyplace with a fabulous ocean view though, that's what Santa Barbara is all about in my opinion.

When the Good Earth was downtown SB I loved their healthy, delicious food, but that's the only non ocean view restaurant I ever enjoyed for breakfast.

 

 COMMENT 480392 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:32 AM

Farmer Boy Restaurant. I've been eating breakfast there since the 70s.

 

 COMMENT 480393 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:33 AM

Cajun Kitchen in Goleta has great breakfast plates and I never leave hungry.
If I'm downtown in SB, I like going to the Breakwater Restaurant. Their breakfasts are traditional, tasty, and affordable and you can't beat the view.

 

 DOWNDOG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:34 AM

Savoy Truffle

 

 COMMENT 480395 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:35 AM

Mesa Café!!

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:36 AM

I like Garrett's on the corner of Mission and State. It is a small old fashion dinner type place, not fancy at all. Booths, a counter and a few outside tables. The same people have been working there for years and the service is fast and fabulous. The menu is varied and I think the food is very good. If you want your hash browns crispy, they are crispy, eggs poached they are perfect. The have a Monte Cristo and you can get fresh grilled jalapeños. The only downside to the food is that they don't make their own corned beef hash. It is a happy place.

 

 POWDRELL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:37 AM

I'm partial to Jack's Famous Bagels & Deli. Great food, great staff.

 

 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:37 AM

The Mesa Cafe and Cody's. They share the same menu, the food is deliciously American, and you can have a bloody mary at 7 a.m. if you want to. Plus, they have the best pancakes in town. Pancakes and vodka--mmm, mmm. It doesn't get much better than that!

 

 SUSIEOBOE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:41 AM

I LOVE Max's. It is pricey, but well worth it.

 

 COMMENT 480401 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:42 AM

Mels

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:46 AM

Oceanview Cafe..

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:49 AM

392, We used to eat at Farmer Boy's 50 years ago and the food and service were excellent then too. Live too far away now, Carpinteria.

 

 COMMENT 480410P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 09:59 AM

Cafe Luna in Summerland has a wonderful breakfast/brunch menu. Food is fresh and well seasoned and always delicious!

Service, however, is slow and requires asking for such things as utensils, that should be foreseen. Also, the register is always slow too. The place could use sprucing up and the staff needs to be better trained, but I go there for the food, and that is consistently great!

 

 COMMENT 480411 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:00 AM

Andersons on state....

 

 COMMENT 480412 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:01 AM

Judge for Yourself in SB.

 

 COMMENT 480417 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:10 AM

Farmer Boy, hands down.

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:15 AM

Roger. I used to work at the Oceanview as a prep cook in the late 70's. My guy also worked there as a busboy when he was a youngster. I still run into Judy and Mo. Still my all time favorite breakfast place.

 

 COMMENT 480420 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:18 AM

Esaus!

 

 COMMENT 480421 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:23 AM

Alphies.

 

 COMMENT 480422 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:24 AM

I love that Cajun Kitchen is mentioned ONCE and yet it is consistently voted Best Breakfast by Indy. Coming from a Cajun woman such as myself, they cook anything BUT Cajun or Creole. There USED to be a place on upper De La Vina that was there for a short period. This man from Georgia, the owner, made the BEST grits. A bowlful with bacon, green onions, cheese for $2.50. But of course... too "authentic" for SB. Nowadays, I head to Judge for Yourself or Garrets. Not bad for the prices.

 

 COMMENT 480424P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:25 AM

Out of my deep rut? Max's, which turned me on to the spinach and brie omelette (easy to make at home). They make "souffle" or puffy omelettes, the whites are whipped. Ambiance is nice, food is good, a large range of scrambles and veggies. I'm sure they'll customize anything; very good customer service.
Best of all is their real, fresh, delicious corned beef and they're the only restaurant that ever offered me a basted egg! I was very impressed by that waiter. And by the corned beef hash.

Breakwater's Eggs Florentine -- So so good! I now get the muffin on the side so I can sauce it myself. A very decent Hollandaise; the spinach and mushrooms are deliciously fresh. Ask for Susie for your waitress! She's wonderful and used to work at Pascual's. (Speaking of best breakfasts.... So miss him & his restaurant)

I love my breakfast rut and live near a Cajun Kitchen, but I haven't been to Tupelo Junction or Scarlett Begonia.

I'd recommend Scarlett Begonia, from what I've heard and read. Depends on your wallet (ouch. I just read their menu again)

Pedestrian, for the hell of it. Maybe someone who's never been to Farmer Boy will go:

Cajun Kitchen has very good hash browns and decent gravy, the best I've found in a SB diner since Brays (not counting the more expensive places I haven't been to). Dicing sausage into it helps but it's good on its own. I skip their "Cajun" food and go for the diner standbys.

Farmer Boy: GREAT b-fast diner. Best pig-out, belly-buster omelettes I've had. They drape over the plate and I love them. If you get bacon in one, you'll have enough bacon for 2 meals. Weak hash browns, try them "well done."

Bad gravy, though I haven't tried it in years because they scared me off. I'll ask for a taste next time I'm there. Sawmill/country/milk gravy should NOT be made with chicken broth!
And then a cinnamon roll to take home or pancakes for dessert after your breakfast. Go with a friend, or four, or take reading material, then go home, hopefully with some leftovers, and nap. Or you could be reasonable and split an omelette with someone that you'd split an omelette with.

 

 COMMENT 480427 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:33 AM

Lazy Acre's deli brought to my couch.

 

 COMMENT 480428P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:34 AM

I've heard good things about The Shop on Milpas from a foodie friend who mentioned their biscuits & gravy and a smoked salmon item:

http://enjoy.perfectmenu.com/menu/santa%20barbara/52
9/the-shop-/647/the-shop-cafe

 

 COMMENT 480431 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:39 AM

Oceanview Cafe??? Where is that? Not popping up on the restaurant guide..

 

 COMMENT 480432 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:39 AM

I just had breakfast for lunch at Tupelo Junction earlier this week and the service was perfect: the food was promptly served (and delicious), my coffee cup was never empty and my waitress very polite and friendly. Couldn't have asked for more.

The place to avoid is the Beachbreak Cafe. The problem there is not the service or the food but consistency... the head cook is a heavy drinker and when he's hungover the quality really really suffers (pancakes still runny in the middle, semi raw bacon, eggs over easy either too underdone or well overcooked).

 

 COMMENT 480435 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:44 AM

steve's on DLV

 

 COMMENT 480436 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:46 AM

Wow, must be trolls this morning.

The answer is Jeannine's.

 

 COMMENT 480441 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:54 AM

Haven 't been there for years, but I used to love the Summerland Beach Cafe.

 

 COMMENT 480442 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:55 AM

Gee, sounds like every place here is THE best - at least to someone.

So, bottom line - throw your darts and try them one by one.

 

 COMMENT 480445 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 10:59 AM

Cajun Kitchen is #1.

 

 COMMENT 480448 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 11:01 AM

Garretts is the best. Very old school vibe.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 11:03 AM

Dang, I'm hungry for breakfast, and gravy, now!
Gravy is so easy:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/sawmill-gravy/1137.html

Ramen with eggs or meat (or tofu, which I really like) is a great breakfast. I dislike sweets at breakfast, would rather have meat and potatoes, dinner leftovers. I love eggs, so it's easy to eat savory. No thanks on the donuts, gimme an egg or cheese or meat!
******************************************
"Sawmill Gravy
Alton Brown Recipe Makes 2.5 cups

Ingredients
1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper

Directions
Cook sausage in a cast iron skillet. When done, remove sausage from pan and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat. Whisk flour into the fat and cook over low heat for 5 minutes [or until "done," if you've done this before.]. Remove pan from heat and whisk in milk a little at a time. Return to medium-high heat and stir occasionally while the gravy comes to a simmer and thickens. (Be sure to scrape up any brown bits that might be stuck to the bottom of the pan, that's where the flavor is.) Check seasoning, add crumbled sausage and serve over toast or biscuits"

 

 COMMENT 480450 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 11:06 AM

Little Audrey's on State. Also love Jolly Tiger on Milpas.

 

 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 11:15 AM

The Jolly Tiger at Chapala & Canon Perdido is better, I think.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 11:17 AM

Flicka, I'll bet there was a time when we were eating at Cadillac Cafe at the same time! THE BEST CORNED BEEF HASH EVER and homemade tartar sauce so good one didn't care if the fish fillets had been frozen.
I forgot her name, but I know she went into pet grooming and is a Garibay.

 

 COMMENT 480472 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 11:40 AM

I'm a Tupelo Junction fan too.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 12:04 PM

@MESARATS, I was the fill in dishwasher there for the regular dishwasher Felix back in the early 80's never forgot the huge breakfasts they would turn me on to...Bring back the Oceanview Cafe!

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 12:18 PM

Roger. I just did the math and it was 80-81 when I worked there. Bob was the cook, funny guy with a mustache and then there was a tall guy with a beard. Perhaps we crossed paths. How funny.

 

 COMMENT 480493 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 12:29 PM

@432......"the head cook is a heavy drinker and when he's hungover the quality really really suffers."
AWESOME. TOTALLY AWESOME.

 

 COMMENT 480497 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 12:51 PM

Garretts. No debate. Sambos a close second.

 

 COMMENT 480499P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 12:57 PM

I got a $50 gift certificate to Jeannine's this year. After two visits for breakfast I realized the food is overpriced. It's good, but not worth the price. I still use the certificate for scones and coffee.

Judge for Yourself and Breakwater are my usual spots. Can't beat the view at East Beach. If someone else pays I love the Boathouse at Hendry's.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 01:27 PM

I bet we have..Garretts I did odd jobs next door and slept in the hair salon for some time 90's..

 

 COMMENT 480512 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 01:30 PM

We thoroughly enjoy Summerland Beach Cafe. :-)

 

 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 01:46 PM

Get a great breakfast burrito from Cuca's and take it wherever you want! Yum!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 03:28 PM

I remember the name Mo..

 

 COMMENT 480566 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 03:31 PM

La Palapa! Homemade tortillas on the weekends, an awesome breakfast burrito, anglo breakfast items. Best secret: fabulous coffee! Lots of seating.

 

 COMMENT 480581 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 04:38 PM

Rose Café!

 

 GILBERT agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 05:16 PM

Cafe La Luna in Summerland is great but I want to give them some constructive criticism . Have someone power wash the stone patio at the entry . It is seriously grungy and not a welcoming sight. Get the landlord to show some interest and replace the missing flagstone at the entry . I love going there and offer these suggestions only in hope of bettering their business.

 

 COMMENT 480591 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 05:17 PM

Steve's Place on DLV next to TJ's.

 

 COMMENT 480595 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 05:31 PM

Steve's place for Santa Barbara and Domingo's
cafe for Goleta!!! Both places serve good breakfasts!!!

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 05:34 PM

It used to be the rown Pelican but that's become too gentrified now that it's the Boathouse so now I like the Breakwater Cafe.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 05:36 PM

Sorry - that's BROWN Pelican.

 

 COMMENT 480615 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 06:27 PM

Farmer boy.
No, wait.. Cajun Kitchen.
Uhhh Farmer boy... Caj!!!

Yeah, those.

 

 COMMENT 480634 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 07:33 PM

Jeanine's is my go-to. Farmer Boy is kind of gross, fake food from a package tasting. Not sure how anyone can like that, but to each their own!

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 07:40 PM

Beachbreak Cafe ( Fitness Scramble) Jeannines, Esau's, Max's (best Omelets).

 

 PATRICK agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 07:47 PM

I generally head to Breakwater, if entertaining friends from out of town, or Judge for Yourself if I'm on my way to work.

 

 COMMENT 480650 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 08:45 PM

Farmer Boy is the quintessential greasy spoon. We go there a couple times a year -- when we're in the mood for greasy spoon. Omelets are never fluffy. Just flat in texture and taste. The eggs in the omelet turn out more like crepes with filling, but they are consistently the same with each visit. We always know what we're getting, and therefore are never disappointed, because we never expect them to be fluffy and tender. They don't disappoint.

Cajun Kitchen is always packed, but inconsistent - sometimes they are good, more often, they leave much to be desired.

 

 COMMENT 480652 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 08:51 PM

Silvergreens. Best breakfast burrito and healthy.

 

 COMMENT 480653 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 08:53 PM

I walked by the farmer boy once. Place is really dirty. I decided not to eat there because of that.

Cajun is also very dirty. I can't eat at a place that is not clean through and through.

Jeannine's. It's the best.

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-27 11:02 PM

Roger. Do you remember Walter's on State street? Across the street and down from Joe's in front of the Philippino community hall where ZenYai is now? You could get a full breakfast or lunch for $1:85. The homeless to business people whet there, but if it got busy, Walter would make you get your own coffee, and if he screwed up the eggs he would say, " good enough for you".

 

 COMMENT 480675P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 03:21 AM

Cajun Kitchen or Marmalade. Marmalade makes killer omelets.

 

 *ME* agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 06:21 AM

Favorites-Jeannine's
Tupelo Junction
Tre Lune
Renaud's

A few I have tried one or more times and cannot understand why people like them....
Cody's
Alphies
Moby Dick
Marmalade Cafe

 

 COMMENT 480677 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 06:45 AM

Crocodile in the Lemon Tree Inn for the best food by far....Joe's is second.
View but no hashbrowns head to Moby's Dick, get parking validated..
Max's for mayonnaise, Garret's... Meh, Steve's is excellent, Lil Audrey's and the Farter Boy used to be the only two but times change. Breakfast is hard work and to be consistent over time takes dedication....so cheap to eat out these days...

 

 ANDY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 06:52 AM

Tre Lune in Montecito. Pricey but fun. The Breakwater has great food and wonderful service people.

 

 COMMENT 480679 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 06:56 AM

Scarlet Begonia

 

 COMMENT 480680 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 06:58 AM

Beachbreak, silvergreens, fresco (5 points). Can Anyone review the pepper tree? It's right by our house but we've never tried.

 

 COMMENT 480683 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 07:05 AM

Cody's, hands down!

 

 COMMENT 480689 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 07:53 AM

My husband and I love Joe's. Huge plates of good food; I like their Santa Barbara Omelette.

 

 UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 08:01 AM

You can't beat Judge for Yourself. Great breakfast comfy atmosphere. Fun people.

 

 COMMENT 480706 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 08:37 AM

Little Audrey's has been closed for years! I have to vote for Esau's--our standard Sunday morning staple....great hash browns(order them extra well done), great bacon......they got a little chintzy with toast a couple of years ago and cut back the toast order from 4 pieces to 2--the portions are generous and the staff great.....Also love Judge for Yourself.....the watching the cook there is like observing the physical embodiment of a haiku....no motion is wasted--

 

 COMMENT 480708 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 08:38 AM

I love the menu at the Beach Break. Great poached eggs and Hawaiian Bread French Toast

 

 COMMENT 480710 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 08:43 AM

Another vote for Garretts - Mission and State. I've been having Sunday Breakfast there for years and have tried all the others. Consistently excellent food, great service. What more could you want ?

 

 COMMENT 480712 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 08:52 AM

Farmer Boy! Friendliest service in town (and there are a lot of places that have friendly service for breakfast around here) and they accommodate every budget, taste, and dietary restriction with a big smile.

 

 COMMENT 480717 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 09:02 AM

I Haven't lived in Goleta/SB since '89 but whenever I'm in town I eat at the Cajun Kitchen on De la Vina.
I Love their Corned Beef Hash, some of the best I've had anywhere! The biscuits and gravy great as well.
Yeah, I know it's not "cajun/creole" but their food is great!

 

 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 09:21 AM

D'Angelo's

 

 COMMENT 480720 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 09:28 AM

We like Sambo's, Mesa Cafe and the Breakwater Restaurant. Also Worker Bee if you're in Carp. Must try some of these others I've read about!

 

 COMMENT 480726 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 09:58 AM

Most of the restaurants mentioned are good and serve a decent breakfast. The Jolly Tiger at Chapala and Canon Perdido has been a Cajun Kitchen for years since Clint sold the old restaurant. Little Audrie's has also been gone for years. It was decent but the fun was talking with Audrie. As you can see there is no shortage of restaurants for breakfast so it may depend on whether you are looking for a new experience, some place to take someone else, are a "regular" customer and want consistancy or just want to experiment with differing atmospheres and unique dishes.

 

 THINKERBILL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 10:03 AM

There's The Owner's Menu and Policy and there's The Wait Person and their Mood and Personality, but "Back of it All" -- back in the kitchen -- is the Cook working on The-Shift-When-You-Happen-to-be-There and That Specific-Order-Cook's Ability and Consistency.

Add how hungry you are and how specifically you ordered and all is a bit complicated.

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Considering price, I suggest you can't beat Farmer Boy at 3427 State Street. Early Bird and Daily Specials Served with Enough Good Food to Take Home for a Second Meal from $5 to $6.

For Presentation and Value, I had a Beautiful Plate at Summerland at The Beach Cafe and another at The Mesa Cafe. Very attractively presented -- helps the appetite smile and the food taste better.

The Biltmore's Bella Vista is very attractive, high qualiity surroundings and a grand location. (Chef/Cook back in the kitchen, very human like all Chefs and Cooks are.) Recent Unusually Good Unusual Sausage. Two Eggs. Breakfast with Potatoes and Outstanding Sour Dough Toast with Squares of Sweet Butter and Coffee for Two. $67.37 plus Tip.

That Breakfast Service included a Dish with Two Tiny Bottles of Tabasco placed On Table in Front of me after my order and before it arrived. I lifted one... looked fine and unopened but it was "sticky". It stuck to my fingers.

So was and did the second tiny Tabasco.

I suggested the waiter pick one up. He did, and quickly replaced both. Such things happen even at The Biltmore. Food service is not easy! :-)

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Santa Barbara has something for everyone including microwaved baked potatoes at home with butter, salt and pepper, and sour cream to taste: Ten pound bags of potatoes occasionally on sale at Ralph's from 79 cents. ...usually maybe $1.99 or $2.99. A pound of excellent butter is about $5.00 (PLUGRA at TJ's?)... [ more ]

 

 COMMENT 480731 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 10:07 AM

The Tree House...time warp...try it, nostalgia can work
Esau's...what happened? The toast to one...but is has gone all to the cheap, it still looks busy...business is business.
Cody's - No. Max's - No. Garrett's - No!
Fresco - Nope!
Tre Lune - Awkward, skip the sausage..and wear a nice shirt to fit it.
Rose café, Mesa - hell yes.
Marmalade - hell no.
Alphie's - Why?
Domingo's - sure, why not..
Joe's - of course, any course..great forever.
Andersen's - Is it the pate that makes IBS? otherwise it is great..
Jeannine's - It keeps all of those types out of our favorite spots...kind of like the local churches...and we thank you enormously.
Renaud's - why?
D'Angelo - why do the Eggs Rose require a visit every month or so? great place
East Beach Grille - after I get a dog
Café del Sol - whenever we can get there for brunch, yes and yes.
Steve's - yes, but don't swarm the place so we can still get a table.
The Shop needs to glove-up, gross.

 

 GRANNYFRANNY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 10:10 AM

I agree with "Archie" that D'Angelo's is fine breakfast, with wonderful baked goods accompanied. But for view/quality brunch on weekends, you can't beat the Goleta Beach Bar/Cafe.

 

 ACF agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 10:54 AM

We've given up on Jeannine's downtown. The din is excruciating and the cause is not the crowd but the kitchen staff. Bang, bang, bang, plate against plate, pan against pan--so then the people talk louder and louder. Too bad, because we love the scones and other good items.

 

 COMMENT 480746 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 11:03 AM

Avoid Scarlett Begonia! Ridiculously over-priced with mediocre service.

 

 COMMENT 480753 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 11:25 AM

Anyone remember Charlotte's on upper De La Vina St. Charlotte and Max were a wonderful German couple who served great breakfast and lunch in the 70's. Also Mikes Place on upper De La Vina St in the 90's. Great breakfast on the patio on Sunday morning...

 

 SBALAX agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 11:47 AM

Steve's Place (Formally Mike's) is great. We bought half a dozen tamales to go on the 24th and had them for dinner on Christmas. Our big meal was the 24th -- we scored one of the $5.99 a pound standing rib roasts from The Fresh Market.

Breakwater Cafe -- I'd forgotten how good it is. Service very good, too. We were there on the 26th. Outstanding Eggs Florentine.

Shoreline Cafe. Orange pancakes and just about everything else.

Beachbreak Cafe. The first place I had Shalhoob's bacon. They also use it at Cody's -- not sure about the Mesa Cafe.

I'll take a pass on Jeannine's. Too crowded and expensive for what you get.

 

 COMMENT 480786 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 12:54 PM

Ocean View cafe. $2.15 potatoes, toast and eggs. No ocean view though...
Omelets etc...was very good (lower state) and Esaus, back when their wheat germ pancakes were affordable.
City College cafeteria.

Those were the days, my friends. Of course my all time favorite, SB restaurant is Serranitos (IV crazy institution).

For breakfast now I love only one place. Lito's Haley. thick/real bacon. Get the breakfast burrito for 6$ (filled-up all day long) with the best salsa.

Above ruminations given from a 38 year Mesa local who apparently is pretty cheap. But what can I say?

 

 COMMENT 480808 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 01:31 PM

Breakwater for sure, awsome pigs in a blanket with stewed apples.

 

 COMMENT 480856P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 03:09 PM

Used to love Sambos, and Carrows - Both places were down-to-earth, friendly, with consistently decent breakfast grub, and very reasonably priced menus.

 

 COMMENT 480940 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-28 07:56 PM

I'm not saying it's cheap, and I agree that Garrett's is awesome tasting food, but I refuse to eat anywhere for breakfast in SB except Bacara Bistro and the Mediterranean Omlet is the best ! Healthy too! Of course, I only go there on a gorgeous day, mid week. Get the best table and the view is heaven on earth!

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-29 11:11 PM

I doubt anyone will still read this thread, but I wanted to shout out to Mike Moodhard, of Mike's (now Steve's) Place on upper De la Vina. What a sweetie! Miss him; he was a pleasure in life. Ride on, Mike.

And waitresses Brandy & Julie rocked!

Julie ... yet another wonderful person who died too early. A people lover with a joyous nature. I never knew she had health issues. How she loved life. She was also an animal lover-BUNS rabbit volunteer and of course great waitress and acquaintance. And more to her loved ones, obviously.

I haven't been to Steve's but my bad memory tells me maybe Mike's Place didn't have hash browns? Pretty sure Mike's breakfast gravy had chicken stock in it too, which is wrong. Hey, he wouldn't mind me saying so. :-)

No need to say RIP; they both are.

(And 442 might want to note the most recommended places in this thread -- there are clear favorites; hope you enjoy a new place)

 

 COMMENT 481233 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 07:58 AM

Little Audrey's: yes, I remember going in often and Audrey would ask me if I wanted "the usual" and for $1.05 which included tax I got two eggs, hash browns, toast, and coffee. How could I ever forget that?

Obviously, I am an old timer like many other posters. Anyone else remember breakfast at the Potter Hotel?

 

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