Brunch on the weekends has become a popular way to enjoy the end of the weekend. It provides a way to relax with friends and family while enjoying a delicious late morning meal. Being right in wine country, Sonoma County offers both excellent food as well as incredible wines and other beverages. Here are some of the best places to have brunch in Sonoma County.
Dierk’s Parkside Café
404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa
Dierk’s Parkside Café was opened in 2006 by husband and wife team Mark and Karen. They had a vision to provide delicious food in a fun atmosphere, and that goal was achieved. The restaurant is unique and funky. Local art hangs on the walls and one might even see some chairs on the ceiling. Brunch is served all day Saturday and Sunday. The menu offers omelets, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and sandwiches. One of the most popular menu items, however, is Grandma Dierk’s pull-a-parts, which consist of fried dough topped with cinnamon and sugar.
Jeffrey’s Hillside Café
2901 4th Street, Santa Rosa
Jeffrey’s Hillside Café is located at the Hillside Inn and was opened by Chef Jeffrey Madura in 2009. Prior to opening his restaurant, Chef Jeffreyworked as an Executive Chef at John Ash & Company. He also traveled to different countries as a California cuisine consultant, taught cooking classes, and has been a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York. Jeffrey’s Hillside Café offers delicious food made from fresh, local ingredients. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 7 am until 2 pm, with menu items that include cheese blintzes made with lemon curd and fromage blanc, eggs and potatoes with chicken livers, and other incredible options.
Naked Pig Café
544 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
The Naked Pig Café is located on Mendocino Ave., right in the historic Cherry Street district. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am until 2 pm. This small restaurant hasa limited menu, but the food is done incredibly well, using local and organic farm-to-table ingredients. Brunch items are made with local pasture raised eggs, and include such options as croque monsieur, croque madam, frittatas, bread pudding, and eggs benedict.
841 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma
Infuse your mornings with a dose of cool at Wishbone, where one of the attractions is an old-fashioned turntable. This diner-café’s retro vibe does not extend to the food, though, which is owners Miriam Donaldson’s and Josh Norwitt’s modern take on favorite comfort fare. Everything on the menu are made fresh daily using ingredients straight from the farm, including the restaurant’s own Scottish Highland beef. Must-tries include the Wishburger, the polenta dish aptly named Hot Mess, and the wild sourdough pancakes.
The Parish Café
60 Mill Street, Healdsburg
703 4th Street, Santa Rosa
Chef Rob Lippincott brings his Louisiana heritage to Sonoma County in this cozy restaurant found in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. The Parish Café can certainly perk up your mornings with light, freshly-made beignets, along with other New Orleans-inspired creations, like the Eggs Nouvelle Orleans – an Eggs Benedicts masterpiece made with poached eggs, blue crab meat, and hollandaise sauce. Or have their Breakfast Po-Boy, shrimp and grits with bacon, and other unique offerings.
In Sonoma County, you’ll never run out of great places to wine and dine. Looking for a home in this beautiful region? Contact Brad Wilkinson today at 707.799.0455 or send an email to Brad(dotted)Wilkinson(at)cbnorcal(dotted)com.