Five Great Breakfast Dishes


Got some early morning grumblies in your tummy? Here’s five dishes sure to fuel you up for the day (and add some zip to your step).

Rancher’s Breakfast
Putah Creek Café
This enormous breakfast consists of two eggs, two huge, fabulous pancakes (served up on a separate plate) and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham. But that’s not all – there’s a generous pile of Yukon Gold homefries and toast slices thrown in for good measure. You’d better be ravenous to order this dish – or plan to share it with a friend.

Benedict Arnold
Fox & Goose
The Benedict Arnold is Fox & Goose’s version of eggs Benedict, and it has a distinctively British twist. Instead of the traditional hollandaise sauce, the dish is served with a thick Welsh rarebit cheese sauce, whose robust (and beery) sharpness is an excellent accompaniment to the the soft-poached eggs.  I like to add spinach to the Benedict Arnold (it tastes great with the rarebit), and on lazy weekend mornings make sure to pair the dish with an “OK, Fine” – Fox & Goose’s house-made Bloody Mary.

Smoked Salmon Omelet
Roxy Restaurant and Bar
Roxy’s sophisticated smoked salmon omelet – punctuated with capers, red onions and spinach, and drizzled with a dill crème fraîche – is one of the restaurant’s finest breakfast items. This friendly, airy establishment is a terrific spot for Saturday and Sunday brunch – Mexican food aficionados will relish the kitchen’s huevos rancheros ; and kids are always delighted with the vanilla challah French toast, served with a pouf of cinnamon whipped cream and maple syrup.

New Mexico Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes
Tower Café
I adore the crunchy texture of these light, delicious (and plate-sized) pancakes, which are dotted with fat, juicy blueberries. Unless you are really hungry, a half order (one pancake) should be enough to pad your ribs for the morning – and if you’re feeling especially indulgent, pair the pancake with one of Tower’s mocha blanc espresso drinks, made with white chocolate ganache.

Corned Beef Hash
Lucky Café
If you love corned beef hash, chances are you already know about Lucky Café’s version, which just may be the best in the city. The delicious, flavorful corned beef is made in-house, then combined with the kitchen’s crusty, irresistible hash browns, eggs of your choice (I like mine scrambled) and a stack of toast. This robust dish will keep you going strong all day.
1111 21st Street, Sacramento, (916) 442-9620