Best Breakfast in the North Bay

Eat_NB_breakfast_2022 Gettie Winner ButtonJust north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies a patchwork of small cities and towns known for their natural spaces, health-conscious culture and laid-back vibe. While the breakfast scene isn’t as bustling as the city, it is thriving in its own way — think morning coffee accompanied by birdsong. Whether you want French toast, eggs and the works or freshly baked pastries, here’s where we think you should start your day in the North Bay.

These are our North Bay Best Breakfast winners for 2022, selected by our editors — look for our readers’ choice winner, selected by our audience.

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Bootjack Wood Fired

This little gem, located on a small side street just off downtown Mill Valley, offers coffee drinks, artisan pastries, breakfast sandwiches and focaccia pizza. A perfect place to fuel pre- or post-Dipsea hike. And its not uncommon to walk in when the baker is pulling an assortment of scones, muffins or galettes out of the oven. Hot, buttery pastries on a foggy Bay Area morning — need we say more? (Vegan and gluten-free options available.) Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 7:30am to 2pm. bootjackwoodfired.com

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Bayside Cafe

A harborside joint frequented by bicyclists and yacht owners alike boasts eggs and omelets in nearly infinite combinations. Sandwiches (the BLTA has avocado, of course), burgers can all be paired with drinks from an espresso and juice bar. Hours are 7:30am to 3pm Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesday. baysidecafe-sausalito.com 

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Half Day Cafe

The small touches on each dish — coffee and Kahula-infused French toast, fresh corn on the fiesta chicken salad — and all-day brunch menu on holidays attracts a dedicated following. The side patio is shaded and a large, tented outdoor space out back can accommodate larger groups. Hours are 7am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday, 8am to 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday. halfdaycafe.net

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Marvin’s Breakfast Club

This snug breakfast, brunch and lunch place offers heated outdoor seating and plenty of fluffy omelet and traditional or spicy Benedict options, all with a side of the crispiest home fries or hash browns. Not into a savory breakfast? Their French toast is made with homemade cinnamon walnut bread and their griddle cakes nearly cover the circumference of the plate — add bananas, pecans and/or the seasonal berry for a treat in every bite. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 7am to 2pm. Closed Monday. facebook.com/marvinsbreakfastclub

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MH Bread & Butter

Nestled in the town of San Anselmo, MHBB is a local favorite for their artisan breads, pastries and farmersmarket-inspired menu. Sit outside and enjoy a slice of crispy-chewy toast with almond butter, orange blossom honey and banana; dip into a bowl of shakshuka; or feel the crunch of a fried egg sandwich with aged cheddar cheese, bacon and tomato basil aioli. The Josie — an iced cortado with a drizzle of honey — and matcha oat latte are popular additions to any early, mid, or late-morning meal. Hours are 8am to 3pm. mhbreadandbutter.com

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Parkside Cafe

43 Arenal Avenue, Stinson Beach

415.868.1272

Perched where the beach meets the redwoods on the Marin coast, a cafe and market is a perfect spot to grab an outdoor table and savor the sunshine. A wood-fired oven turns out burnished loaves of bread and pizzas with just the right amount of char. Kids and beachgoers love the ice cream and hot dog takeout window; adults queue up for espresso and pastries. Hours are 7:30am to 9pm daily. parksidecafe.com 

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Sam’s Anchor Cafe

Seafood is the focus here, even at brunch when tower of fresh seafood and oysters sparkles in the sun glinting off Richardson Bay. Regulars come for the crab Benedict and smoked lobster roll; tourists love the ginormous prickly pear margarita bowl and everyone loves the deck — lines are known to stretch down the street on Sunday afternoons. Hours are 12pm to 10pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday. samscafe.com

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Sausalito Equator

Apart from serving some of the most popular coffee in the area, this particular Equator (there are five others in the Bay Area) has ample patio seating and a full kitchen on the local end” of Sausalitos main strip. Their menu features seasonal toasts, sandwiches, salads, soups and some of the best gluten-free waffles around — both sweet and savory varieties. Pastries like fruit galettes and browned butter banana bread are also made in house. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30am to 3pm. Saturday and Sunday 7:30am to 4:30pm. equatorcoffees.com

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Shoreline Coffee Shop

A former diner that subscribes to Marin’s holy trinity (sustainable-local-organic) churns out hot Stumptown Coffee and eggs and hash brown plates named for former waitresses. The eggs come from a farm down the street, the meatloaf is Stemple Creek grass-fed and gluten-free and the cochinita pork taco is a nice change of pace from a burger with a ‘62 set-up. Hours are 7:30am to 2:30pm daily, but open later if busy. shorelinecoffeeshop.com

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Two Bird Cafe

Speaking of birds, this charming cottage eatery serves upscale American breakfasts in a serene setting. Their whole wheat pancakes are some of the best — add fresh blueberries to brighten your morning. Although their classic menu of omelets, breakfast plates and pancakes are all tasty, wait until the seasonal specials board circulates to decide your order. Enjoy your fresh-squeezed orange-carrot juice and crab omelet or huevos rancheros, for example, on their outdoor patio, under the dappled shade of beautiful trees. Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 2:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 3pm. twobirdcafe.com

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