All of the children in France begin the day with hot chocolate and soft, buttery croissants. French food, especially for breakfast, is light and delicate. It is more about preparation and subtle tastes than big portions and overwhelming flavor. While heaping breakfast platters loaded with scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, biscuits and gravy might be the normal fare for a country breakfast in the deep south, in Paris, you are more likely to order an omelet and a light flaky and fluffy brioche. Fortunately, you do not have to go all the way to Paris to enjoy a delicious French breakfast. All around Mountain View, there are a number of wonderful cafes and bistros where you can indulge.
Cafe Brioche – Palo Alto
Experience a blend of Southern French and California cuisine in a bistro-like setting. Does a ham, avocado, tomato and green onion scramble sound interesting to you? How about a specially prepared omlette with portobello mushrooms, shallots and goat cheese? Add a seasonal fruit plate and maybe a brioche or baguette and you will have a great start to your day. You can eat in the air conditioned dining room or, on a nice day, request a table at the outdoor cafe. Cafe Brioche serves breakfast Monday through Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Bistro Maxine – Palo Alto
It is no wonder that this delightful French cafe is such a popular place for Sunday Brunch? When you want the most authentic French crepes without having to travel across the pond to France, this is the place to go. Treat yourself to an out-of-this world, fruit-filled crepe topped with fresh whipped cream. Of course, you can get all of the traditional breakfast items, expertly prepared, to go along with your sensational, slightly sweet crepe. They also serve freshly squeezed orange juice, have premium roasted coffee and espresso carefully prepared by trained baristas. Try Bistro Maxine once and you will put it on your short list of favorite places for breakfast and brunch.
Mimi’s Cafe – San Jose
If you are looking for a nice place to take the whole family for breakfast, Mimi’s Cafe is an excellent choice. Mimi’s is actually part of the national Bob Evans restaurant and food chain and has locations in about 25 states across the country. Get a little taste of France while enjoying a healthy and tasty breakfast. Three egg omelettes, Eggs Benedict, perfect pancakes, fabulous French toast and all your breakfast favorites are on the menu. Enjoy a cappuccino with your meal and then go out and have a great day!
The Butler and the Chef Bistro – San Francisco
Recognized as the only authentic French Bistro in San Francisco, this breakfast and lunch eatery is located in the very nice South Park section of the big city. While you may have to wait a few minutes for a table during the breakfast or brunch rush, you will be well rewarded for your patience. Some regular customers will tell you that the Quiche Lorraine is to die for and others will insist that you try the waffles. Whatever you decide to order will more than meet your expectations. Enjoy the fun decor and real French bistro atmosphere.
Cafe de la Presse – San Francisco
They have surprisingly reasonable prices for breakfast and brunch in such a fine French restaurant that is located in the Union Square section of San Francisco. The interior is decorated with French antiques, old-fashioned light fixtures, vintage poster and faux painted walls. The breakfast and brunch menu is replete with all of the finest foods and prepared with the skills of an expert French chef. Try the poached eggs in red wine sauce with a soft, freshly baked, buttery croissant.
Make it a point to try breakfast at a French cafe or bistro. If you can not make it to Paris, try one of the great places in the Mountain View area.
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