South Bay's Best Breakfast Places

Road Journals Blog—A leisurely breakfast out is always a treat. Even more so when you can satisfy your breakfast craving no matter what time of day or night. You can do just that at a couple of these favorite South Bay spots.


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Hungry? Try the Dungeness crab cakes benedict at Village Bistro. | Carolyn Jung

Bill’s Café The long lines are a testament to the popularity of the vast breakfast offerings, which are served all day. Wake up to “Bill’s Famous Mimosa,’’ a fishbowl goblet of oj, champagne, and fresh strawberries. They have 11 variations of eggs benedict, including one atop stuffed potato skins. Satisfy your sweet tooth with buttermilk pancakes filled with crushed Oreos and topped with whipped cream. Four locations in San Jose, including the original at 1115 Willow St., (408) 294-1125,

Los Gatos Café Sure, you can nosh on regular French toast here. But why do that when you can opt for amazing apricot bread French toast drizzled with sweet apricot syrup? Pancakes come in many forms here, including French ones that are as thin as crepes and folded around a luscious filling of raspberry cream cheese. Two locations in Los Gatos: 340 N. Santa Cruz Ave., (408) 354-4647; and 15662 Los Gatos Blvd., (408) 356-0600,

Original Joe’s An institution since 1956, this old-school haunt harkens back to another time with its roomy leather booths, tuxedo-clad waiters and behemoth portions. Breakfast—including a massive serving of steak and eggs—is available every day, all day. Don’t miss the legendary “Joe’s Special,” an egg scramble loaded with fresh spinach and ground beef. 301 S. First St., San Jose, (888) 841-7030,

The Village Bistro Late-risers can enjoy mid-morning breakfast that starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 3 p.m. Fill up on grilled bruschetta crowned with over-easy eggs, bacon, tomato, and avocado; or Dungeness crab cakes benedict with basil hollandaise. With that kind of fuel, you’ll have plenty of energy for an afternoon of power shopping around Santana Row. 378 Santana Row, #1035, San Jose, (408) 248-9091,

Where do you go for breakfast in the South Bay?

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


Stack's in Redwood City and Campbell (, Burlingame, Menlo Park and San Francisco ( have such good breakfast that on the weekend you can wait up to an hour. Their pancakes are awesome - wheatgerm, blueberry germ, or the lumberjack (all of the above with bananas and walnuts) are plate-sized. So I only have to order one. They also have yummy egg dishes and specials as well as great sandwiches and salads at lunch. They are closed for dinner.

Joe's Special is to die for!! A great story on how is got started as a dish. Read the history in the menu.