Sit yourself right down at the Silver Spur, honey, and have yourself a nice meal. (Pete Shea Photo)
It's the most important meal of the day! Don’t mess it up. Here are some of Santa Cruz Weekly readers’ favorite places to fill up the tank and get going.
Walnut Avenue offers a huge array of omelettes filled with all the favorite protein forms like cheese, ham and sour cream, as well as peppers, spinach, mushrooms and you name it. The pancakes here are the kind that breakfast fantasies are made of. Golden-brown and large without being ridiculous, the trio of nine-grain hotcakes can (and I advise trying it) be joined by a pitcher of sensitively made boysenberry sauce, full of berries and not too sweet. The warm, earthy pancakes and the tart sauce enjoy real chemistry. The Huevos Mexicanos—a field of scrambled eggs laced with avocados, cheese and salsa and, of course, black beans—are a terrific variation on the all-star huevos rancheros classic. Don’t miss the egg scrambles either—especially the feta, tomato and basil. (Christina Waters)
For decades I've sworn by Zachary's as the heartland of the über breakfast. Between the endless cups of better-than-decent java, the sensuous jalapeño cornbread and the sinful sourdough pancakes, Zachary's puts out a superior breakfast product. Recently we renewed our adoration with a post-workout visit to the home of Mike’s Mess. Jack is a devoté of the Chili & Eggs, which always amazes me with its piping hot attitude and its mammoth cumulus of sour cream. He goes in big time for the buried treasure of black bean chili, the glaze of gooey, melted cheese and the undulant expanse of moist, scrambled eggs. I continue to plow into my tart sourdough pancakes—thin and tender, as God intended. And I love the side of eggs, perfectly done over medium, along with the trio of lean bacon partners. Everything you need for life is on this plate. (CW)