Find the best eggs Benedict, top biscuits and gravy, and prettiest waitresses in Santa Rosa.
404 Santa Rosa Ave
Dierks is a local's hangout that's also a foodie's delight. The menu offers traditional favorites as well as some more exotic dishes such as warm poached egg salad or perhaps duck confit. On weekends, there's usually a line, but it moves quickly. The place is warm and unpretentious. Parking can be a little tough.
Hank's Creekside Restaurant
2800 4th St
Cute, rustic interior with large windows next to the creek. This part of the creek is engulfed by trees and other plants, so, as you look out, everything is green. Not much sunlight gets through, but instead of looking dark and dreary, Hank's feels cozy and secure. It's known for its house made corned beef hash and all the standards are popular: Benedicts, omelets, biscuits and gravy and pancakes. The buckwheat is milled on site for the pancakes. Parking is difficult so some people park across the street by IHOP. There's always a line on weekends.
112 4th St
The owner Don Taylor is quite a character and can usually be found in front of the door taking names for the waiting list (there's always a wait on weekends) or behind the register taking money. He also roams from table to table talking to guests and sometimes leaving them baffled by some of his comments. It's always interesting. Taylor is involved in the community so the restaurant is a good locals hangout as well as a tourist spot. The interior is appealing with an exposed brick wall and a few tables next to the window for great people watching in Railroad Square. The restaurant is known for great omelets and attractive waitresses.
Carlos' Country Kitchen
90 W College Ave
Is "healthy greasy spoon" an oxymoron? I don't know, but here it is. Carlos offers a combination of great, fresh ingredients with a healthy dose of grease. The portions are large and tasty. And the owners are so friendly and earnest that it inspires great loyalty in their customers. Rarely do you hear people as full of praise for an establishment as you find with Carlos' regulars. The place is small and not much to look at, but it's comfortable. There's also outdoor seating, but it's next to a busy, noisy street, so it's not a great option.
1226 4th Street
Bruno's is still quite new, but it's fast becoming a local favorite. The dishes are upscale comfort food and, for breakfast, they're known for outstanding Benedicts and biscuits and gravy. But, so far, they're only open for breakfast on Sundays. Then again, they're new and things change, so call and find out. The place is small but charming.
How could I not include Adele's? It's a Santa Rosa institution--a loud, late night diner with lots of attitude. Every time I've gone there, something strange and interesting has happened...lots of unique folks passing through those doors. A trip to Adele's always breaks the monotony. Breakfast served all day long.