Over the past holiday weekend we tried 2 places in Scotts Valley for a late breakfast, Heavenly Cafe on Mt Hermon Road (almost in the outskirts) and Scotts Valley Diner on Scotts Valley Drive near the Hwy 17 offramp.
Heavenly Cafe came out scoring heads & shoulders higher. The menu has a lot of interesing omelettes and other breakfast specials, and many vegetarian, lowfat, or other alternative-diet friendly choices. You can even sub tofu for eggs if you want. The inside is charming in a country cabin sort of way, or like some place you would find on a backroad in northern CA. Or you can sit outside in the patio below the hill, under some large trees or patio umbrellas.
I had the Bene-cado ($9.95), an eggs benedict with avocado instead of Canadian bacon. I was asked how I wanted my eggs poached. Wow, I get to be picky? I asked for yolks still runny, and got exactly that without runny whites. There was a lot of avocado under the eggs, and a good amount of sauce (I like it on the saucy side). It came with a fruit bowl with non-bland fruit that included a few slices of strawberry.
I had a tiny taste hubby's scramble with sliced sausage, mushrooms spinach & cheese ($7.95), and a good taste of his home fries - chunky, very flavorful (good salt&peppering), with bits of red & green peppers, and some well-browned pieces.
Service was really nice and prompt with the coffee refills (note: you have a choice of french roast or some unique roast advertised on their menu that I can't remember). We sat inside; I can't vouch for service on the patio since it looks so far away.
Scotts Valley Diner was really just blah. But not bad. Nothing too interesting on the menu, except for the Red White & Blue pancakes on the specials board (cherries, blueberries & whipped cream). But I can't have cream and wasn't sure the cherries weren't canned. So I went with something basic, the cholesterol laden 2 eggs, 2 bacon & 2 slices ham (about $7). It was under the lowcarb section (they also have a lowfat section). I asked for eggs poached still runny, and got half runny half solid. Atleast the bacon was a little crunchy.
Hubby's Loaded Omelette was not visually overloaded, but had a good amount of stuff inside (though cheese was only sprinkled on top). Hashbrowns are well browned & crispy on both sides.
Service was well-meaning but sparse. I saw 2 servers and a busser always walking around & always doing things, but they just never seemed to walk by us much. Coffee was weak. Atmosphere is a standard diner with semi open kitchen. Oh and I think they used to be a Dennys since their credit card slip still says Dennys.
We'll probably be returning to Heavenly Cafe. I'm sorry I didn't pay attention to their lunch & dinner menu, so guess we'll have to be back. We'll also try to visit Auntie Mame's at some point.
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