I unfortunately can only tell you where NOT TO EAT breakfast here in the Monterey, Ca area. There is a place in Salinas, Ca that for beyond my comprehension is popular. But that can be said for many eateries in this area. The food is not impressive, although the building is, which is in Old Town Salinas near the John Steinbeck Museum, (perhaps that is what the draw is, it certainly is NOT the food) The place is called First Awakenings, but unfortunately the only thing it will awaken is a desire to eat some place better next time.
If you are in the area.. find the local Starbucks on south Main near Blanco, and get a nice cup of house coffee and a scone, you'll be happier. If you want a real breakfast, compared to First Awakenings, Mc Donalds has them beat, for the price. The main complaint I have is that it is mediocre. If you like a choice of toast don't eat there. You get white or wheat english muffin. Although I think you can get a couple choices of a sweet muffin, but they are nothing to scream about either. The omelet my husband had was "supposed" to be pesto,however it looked more like an egg taco topped with a mountain of melted jack cheese followed with a slimy green looking sauce that we "think" was intended as the pesto sauce. The country potatoes.. undercooked on the inside, but yet fervently burnt on the outside, now that takes talent. I hoped for some relief with at least a decent cup of coffee, oh well, Starbucks was not far away. All in All, if you are in Salinas Ca, go to Mc Donalds for breakfast and save a few dollars.
Not to sound like I don't have a good thing to offer, I do like Mimi's, although we don't have one here, have to go to Fresno, Ca for that place. And Fresno also has a nice place called the Fresno Breakfast House. One I know for sure is on West Ave and Bullard in one of the shopping lots on one of the 4 corners at that intersection.
When I find a good place to eat breakfast on the Monterey Peninsula I will post it, if any one knows of one.. email me.. we have just lost our desire to look much anymore. Food here seems to be geared to the tourist who is here for the scenery and weather and not the food. Too bad for the rest of us. Good thing I like to cook.
I think it would be just as a good service to have a forum titled..
Where NOT to Eat.. Many of us would save a lot of money that way.
mimsy..normally a happy resturant patron..<G>