Brunch, otherwise known as “weekend breakfast” or “hangover cure,” is also the go-to meal for special occasions: Mother’s Day, Easter or your mother’s birthday (moms love brunch). Santa Cruz brunch spots cater to every whim, with options ranging from high-end gourmet to old-school diners serving traditional egg-based breakfast fare. Whether the aim is to prep for a hike through the redwoods or a wine tasting trip, or to fuel-up after an intense surf session, a good brunch is just what the doctor ordered. Savor a dish of rich Eggs Benedict while looking across the Santa Cruz harbor or clink glasses of mimosas while devouring a plate of Huevos Rancheros. More popular spots will necessitate a wait, but trust us, it is well worth it.
The only difficult part of your morning (besides getting out of bed) will be deciding what to order. Our recommendation: coffee first.