Marin County's Best Breakfast Places

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Tuck into a ham-cheese-egg sandwich at Sol Food. | Jennifer Reese

Road Journals Blog—Whether fortifying yourself for a Mount Tam ascent or a drive up the coast, you’ll find no shortage of terrific places to grab breakfast on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in the North Bay. Area code is 415.

Le Garage Jumpstart the day with a bowl of cafe au lait and a giant house-baked croissant (plain or chocolat) at this dockside French bistro. 85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito, 332-5625,

Ponsford’s Place (Bakery and Innovation Center) The whole-grain pastries baked in this shotgun shack on a sleepy residential block are consistently sublime. The hours, consistently inconsistent. There’s no phone, so check the Web site for times. The menu changes, but pretty much everything—from the seasonal asparagus quiche to fruit-packed turnovers—is healthy and delicious. 117 Shaver St., San Rafael,

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The chilaquiles at Shoreline Coffee Shop are an unusual and hearty way to start the day. | Jennifer Reese

Shoreline Coffee Shop An old-school diner hidden behind a Walgreens serves breakfast standards like fried eggs, and hash browns, but go for the Mexican specialties. A hearty platter of chilaquiles with chorizo and tart green salsa will serve as breakfast and lunch. 221 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley, 388-9085.

Sol Food At noon the lines at this colorful Puerto Rican cafe snake down the block, but there’s no wait for the most important meal of the day. Order the hot ham, cheese, and egg sandwich and a coconut latte. 901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael, 451-4765,

Jennifer writes a blog about food called The Tipsy Baker.

What are your favorite breakfast places in Marin and the North Bay?

This blog post was first published in July 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.


This is the best Cajun food I have had in the bay area and the best breakfast place in all of the north bay, period. Their regular menu is chalk full of items you just don't see on other menus such as alligator, fried green tomatoes, oyster Po' boys and beignets. I have eaten beignets at the few restaurants in the bay area that serve them and Hummingbird's are far superior. I am a stickler for exceptional dark coffee. Their coffee is smooth, rich and dark. Michelle, the owner, is fantastic. She is down to earth, kind, and her heart and soul are definitely brought out in the food.