Breakfast

Cafe Bernardo
2726 Capitol, Sacramento
916-443-1180
234 D Street, Davis
530-750-5101

Cafe dining, Sacramento style. A very popular breakfast stop for all ages. Cafe Bernardo’s kids menu, for ages ten and under, offers a choice of three breakfast items with milk for just $4.00. And if you’ve got a very light eater, they’ll gladly hand you an extra plate so that your little one(s) can share your breakfast at no charge.

Plenty of high chairs; noise level high enough (without being too loud) to drown out kids that can be a bit loud

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Carol’s Restaurant
1201 West Capitol Ave, West Sacramento
916-372-4631

This is undoubtably, West Sacramento’s best breakfast joint.  Small and quaint, more of a “50’s diner” than a restaurant, but it has great food at very reasonable prices.  Just across the Tower bridge from Downtown Sacramento and you can be on the “other side of the river” and enjoying breakfast (or lunch) along with the locals. 
The kids’ menu has everything they could ask for…French Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Biscuit’s and Gravy…. and you can feed your kids for only $5!  They have plenty of high chairs (that actually are still in one piece…my biggest complaint of restaurants is when the belts on the high chairs are broken!) and they even bring the kids crayons, paper and “take home” cups (my daughter has a collection). 
This place is great for the food and easy to take the kids…if you’re looking for someplace “fancy” then this wouldn’t be the place.  However, if your looking for someplace yummy and quick…then Carol’s is worth the visit.

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Evan’s Kitchen
855 57th Street, Sacramento
916-452-3896

This place is family dining at it’s best. Other restaurants could learn a thing or two from Evan’s Kitchen about kid’s menus. There are far too many yummy options to mention … just see for yourself. But I would be remiss if I didn’t call attention to the fact that not only are the prices fantastic for the high quality food – but their kid’s menu offers “The Toddler’s Graze”, which is a huge hit with my 16-month old!

For the adults in the group you will find over 35 breakfast options to choose from. I’ve tried many and have never had any less than a fantastic meal. But the main attraction, as far as I’m concerned, is the play area for the kids. An area designated just for the little ones to play while their adults enjoy their meal. Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

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Harry’s Cafe
2026 16th Street, Sacramento
916-448-0400

While Harry’s is also well-known for their Vietnamese-Chinese fusion fare for lunch and dinner, it’s a favorite breakfast spot as well. I’ve been to Harry’s probably twenty times and have always been greeted and served by Harry himself.

This casual restaurant is small and intimate, however don’t let that disusade you from bringing small children as they are always welcomed with open arms. And if you are a pancake lover, you haven’t lived until you’ve had Harry’s pancakes. They are, in my opinion, the best in town – perfectly round, nice and fluffy with magnificant crispy edges.

Harry’s Cafe doesn’t have it’s own website, however you can see their lunch menu here. I haven’t been able to find the breakfast menu online so if you’re dying to know before making the trip, just give Harry a call!

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Tower Cafe
1518 Broadway, Sacramento
916-441-0222

Unquestionably one of Sacramento’s most popular breakfast destinations, the Tower Cafe offers outdoor patio dining few can match. Unless you get there when they open (8:00am), you’re sure to find a wait, sometimes quite long. The good news is that if you have kids, you’re likely up early anyway so 8:00am is typically do-able!

If weather permits, sit outside. If not, don’t worry – the inside of The Tower Cafe is fabulous as well. Although they don’t have a kids menu for breakfast (they do for lunch/dinner), they offer plenty of side dishes so you can score eggs and toast, for example, for $5.95. My favorite breakfast item (remember: I’m a pancake girl) is their New Mexico Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes … always too much food for me, so I simply ask for an extra plate and share them with my son.

A note about bringing kids here … if you sit outside, there’s nothing to worry about – but if you sit inside, the place can get a bit crowded. If your kids are at the age where they can’t quite sit through an entire meal, you’ll either want to have more than one adult at the table (so that one can take the children outside to run around when they get to that point), or you may want to wait until they are a bit older before experiencing the splendor of The Tower Cafe.  Simply a recommendation …

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2 thoughts on “Breakfast

  1. We don’t eat out often, but when we do it is almost always for breakfast. Our favorite, kid-friendly (and dog-friendly patio) breakfast place is the Shack. It is well know for the number of beers they serve, but don’t let that stop you from bringing the little ones in. The servers are always friendly and attentive and the food is great. My 16-month-old daughter is quite shy, yet she feels at ease with the big smiles and cheerful attention.

    here’s the link:
    http://eastsacshack.com/

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