Ahhhh, breakfast. The most important meal of the day and arguably the tastiest.

Whether you need to grab a quick bite before you head off to your workday or you’re looking to enjoy a more leisurely-paced morning meal with family and friends, these local spots are sure to hit the spot.

Elk Café

If you’re looking for a breakfast with a little bit of flair, head over to Elk Grove’s one and only Mexican bread bakery. You’re in for a culinary treat with an extensive menu that spans from savory crepes like their Hawaiian BBQ chicken or pizza crepes, to sweet treats like cheesecake crepes, banana and strawberry crepes and, one of their most popular menu items, Nutella crepes. Their drink menu is almost as impressive as the food; enjoy your breakfast alongside a horchata latte, or a freshly-made fruit smoothie.

Waffle Experience

You can never go wrong with waffles, a breakfast classic, and the Waffle Experience serves up waffle concoctions that are anything but ordinary. Their menu features creative variations on the classic breakfast menu item, like waffles piled with unlikely pairings such as pork belly and carnitas, a salmon and egg ode to our local sports team (“Sacramento King”) and “lighter” options like a Caprese salad waffle dish. Feeling sweet? You won’t want to miss their “Smort’Tella” with Nutella, marshmallows, bananas foster, powdered sugar and more. They pride themselves on sourcing only the freshest local ingredients.

Sheldon Inn Restaurant and Bar

A local favorite, Sheldon Inn serves up brunch every Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. and you’ll want to save your appetite because the menu and portion sizes are extremely generous. Brunch-goers can enjoy breakfast classics like the Sheldon Inn Benedict or a veggie quiche, or head over to the lunch side of things with a prime rib French dip sandwich. Feeling thirsty? They offer bottomless classic or peach mimosas.

Mel Dog’s Cafe

If you’re looking for a classic breakfast in a cozy eatery, Mel Dog’s Café is your spot! Many locals have been frequenting this quaint diner for years, continually coming back for the food just as much as the great service. The bacon is crispy, the eggs are cooked just right and the toast is toasted to golden-brown perfection. While they’re known for their traditional breakfast, they don’t disappoint with other tasty menu items like breakfast burritos and enchilada omelets. Make sure and get there early to grab a table; it’s a popular weekend spot and gets busy!


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