I stopped by for breakfast this morning and picked up a donut and croissant to take home.
The substantial cake donut ($2) came with the donut hole. It had a nice crispy exterior and was sprinkled with powdered sugar.
I’d say it is currently the best donut in the North Bay. However, the donut holes at Paisan by Artisan Bakers, IMO, are the best in the Bay Area. The exterior is the same, but the cake part has a bit more flavor. .
I also had
- Iron Skillet Cornbread. Lavender Honey Butter and Mache Lettuce
- Quiche of the day; Bacon, Swiss and spinach
- Calistoga Roastery French press coffee
The moist corn bread with kernels of corn was tasty with honey-flavored butter that just had hints of lavender. I am guessing they used lavender honey. The tiny bit of lettuce was more decorative and didn’t add much to the dish. I liked the cornbread, but the small portion was over-priced at $6, IMO.
Fabulous quiche - rich, buttery and with enough delicious bacon to kill Paula Deen. This was a generous slice with a wonderful light texture and buttery crust. This is currently my favorite quiche in the Bay Area. The only problem was the fruit garnish using out of season melons. It was like something from a Holiday Inn buffet. They should have used winder citrus. the tangerine slices were tasty.
Nice French press coffee on the medium strong side. I ordered the two cup serving, but it was actually four cups.
The croissant was the soft rather than flakey type, sort of like a quality version of something a supermarket would sell. Still, it was full of buttery goodness. There were also some good looking cinamon buns and apricot scones ... next time.
Grace’s is a nice but unassuming restaurant. There are lots of wood tables set close together, a long bar with seats and a few outdoor tables. When it is warm, they open the large sunny windows at the front of the restaurant.
Nice background music that is unobtrusive. A jazzy version of “Down in the Valley” (really) was followed by a Brazilian song. The music spans the globe like the menu.
Service is very pleasant and helpful.
There is a happy hour from 3 – 6 pm that is quite the deal. Many of the items are half price.
There are half a dozen beers on tap and a dozen wines by the glass. It is beer and wine only so cocktails like Bloody Mary’s use soju.
On a week day in the off season, there were only customers at two other tables. However, on the weekends it gets crowded, often with a long line.
The breakfast menu during the week is brief with pastries, quiche, chilaquiles (with lime crème fraiche) and eggs, potatoes and breakfast meat. The weekend brunch has a larger selection
It is located on Second Street diagonally across from the post office. I’m looking forward to trying lunch or dinner in the future … or happy hour !!!
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