Nothing against lunch or dinner, but there’s just something about brunch. A pleasant meal spent chatting with friends or family is one of the best ways to spend a morning (and/or an afternoon). Maybe it’s the food — after all, it’s the only time when pancakes or waffles are deemed an acceptable food for adults. Or maybe it’s the drinks? Mimosas and bloody Marys were made for brunching.
In any case, there are plenty of spots in Yolo County where you can indulge in a great brunch and fill up on all your favorites, from classic dishes like bacon & eggs to modern options such as avocado toast. Celebrating a special occasion? Even better! These spots are great choices for holidays such as Easter and Mother’s Day. But we like them just because. From Davis to Winters and everywhere in between, following are some of the top spots for brunch in Yolo County.
Café Bernardo is a staple for a solid brunch in Davis. The seasonal, farm-to-table menu offers classic options such as scrambles and pancakes, as well as dishes with an international flair, such as kimchi fried rice and chilaquiles with chorizo. You can enjoy your meal in their modern dining room or outside on their sunny, dog-friendly patio.
Another good bet for brunch in Davis is Crepeville. Their crepes — best described as super-thin pancakes — come with a variety of sweet or savory fillings. Sweet picks include options such as banana chocolate and strawberry Nutella, while savory choices include everything from ham & eggs to chicken curry. They also offer classic breakfast items such as Benedicts, scrambles and pancakes.
Preserve showcases the bounty of the local farms and ranches surrounding the town of Winters. The menu features refined dishes made from seasonal, locally produced ingredients. Sunday brunch offers choices such as a French omelette with burrata and shimeji mushrooms, beef hash with confit potatoes and a Finnish-style pancake. You can enjoy brunch in their quaint, modern dining room or on their relaxing outdoor patio.
Hearty American fare is the name of the game at Putah Creek Café, a bright & friendly eatery in downtown Winters. The menu features classics such as eggs Benedict and country fried steak, plus dishes with a southwest influence such as huevos rancheros and a chorizo burrito. You can wash it all down with a mimosa, bacon bloody Mary or white peach sangria.
If you’re looking for a great brunch spot in West Sacramento, look no further than Franquette. The French-inspired café is located in the Bridge District, just a stone’s throw from the Sacramento River. The brunch menu offers several French classics, including a seasonal galette, pain perdu and quiche. They also have a selection of French pastries, including a wildly popular walnut croissant.
Savory Café in Woodland is another Yolo County brunch spot where you can find local, seasonal cuisine. Weekend brunch dishes run the gamut, from classics like pancakes and omelettes to inspired options like avocado toast with peppered ricotta and poached eggs or chilaquiles with local eggs and micro cilantro. Finish it off with the Tequila Sunrise Mimosa, made from agave wine tequila, grenadine and a Tajin rim.
Located in Esparto, Lucy’s Café and Farm Pantry is a true country café. Dishes are prepared with ingredients direct from area farms and ranches. Popular choices include a bacon & egg breakfast sandwich and Belgian waffle topped with seasonal fruit. You can also get coffee drinks such as a maple latte or salted caramel latte, and pick up local produce and gourmet food products to take home, such as honey and olive oil.
This farmer-owned eatery in Guinda in the Capay Valley specializes in Santa Maria-style BBQ for lunch and dinner, but their Sunday brunch is just as scrumptious. The menu includes a pulled pork Benedict, shrimp & grits, and house-made buttermilk biscuits with sage sausage gravy. You can also get mimosas made with Capay Valley Vineyards sparkling Viognier or Tempranillo.
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