Best Breakfasts in Salida

By Sue Bjorkman

Coffee

#1) Brown Dog Coffee Co: Breathe in that amazing aroma of whole bean coffee roasted on-site. The beans are sourced from family-owned farms in Brazil, Costa Rica, Columbia, Mexico and beyond. Located in historic downtown, this cozy coffeehouse also has tea, pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Enjoy these goodies on a comfortable couch inside, and then let the day begin! 105 F. Street. http://browndogcoffee.com/

#2) Sacred Ground Coffee: This little gem has the right combination of everyday coffee but also specialty flavors such as Aztec Mocha or Maple Raspberry. Actually even the ‘regular’ coffee is special — locally roasted high-altitude Mountain Phoenix Coffee. They’re located on the main highway so you’re half-way to adventure already. Grab a quick and authentic breakfast burrito, too. 216 W. Rainbow Blvd (HWY 50). http://mountainphoenixcoffee.com/

#3) Café Dawn:  Now in their new downtown location, they’re the masters of artsy lattes. These lovely, steamy cups of beauty may have an artful curving leaf with delicate individual branches, or a day-brightening heart. They also make their own bagels. 203 W. 1st Street. http://www.cafe-dawn.com/

Pastry

#1) Little Red Hen Bakery: Bakers here make more than a dozen different types of bread daily. All breads are made with 100 percent organic flour and some are created to perfection in their outdoor wood-fired Hearth Oven. They also bake homemade cinnamon rolls, biscotti, and magnificent meal-sized muffins. Flavors vary daily, but chances are it will be your new favorite. 302 G Street. https://littleredhensalida.com/

#2) Sweeties: This combo bakery and deli offers an ambitious variety of goodies in their downtown location. The rotating selection of indulgent sweets for breakfast worth getting up for.  Choose from cookies, pastries, or humongous homemade bars. Try the not-overly-sweet blueberry crumble-topped bar or the grasshopper bar – a fudgy/minty brownie heaped with icing. 124 F Street. http://www.sweetiesinsalida.com

Basics

#1) Patio Pancake Place: A popular local go-to since 1964, the ‘Patio’ is a timeless café that has been owned by the same local family since 1976. They continue to serve big delicious portions with a smile. Whether you get eggs or an omelet with hash browns, just make sure it is smothered in their famous green chili, an old family recipe.  640 E. US HWY 50.  http://patiopancakeplace.com/

#2) Tony’s Restaurant: This is a great breakfast stop for simple and delicious favorites. It opens at 8 a.m. to serve very large pancakes, eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy and breakfast burritos. Tues – Sat. 11228 W. US HWY 50.

Brunch

#1) Season’s Café: This restaurant is sky-high on the scenery scale. The patio is just steps from the rushing river, making it the ideal place to enjoy an abundant brunch and maybe an adult breakfast beverage. Brunch is available Thursday through Monday. The other two days the menu is simpler. Nosh on brunch specialties while sipping their Mimosa crafted with organic orange juice, sparkling wine, juniper berry and orange peel. 300 W. Sackett Ave.  http://www.seasonssalida.com/

#2) The Bounty Restaurant: The oldest local family-run restaurant has been serving this community for 75 years. They serve a classic breakfast daily with everything from bennies to polenta and eggs and beyond. On Sundays they make it a special-occasion with a more upscale Brunch menu. Enjoy a Mimosa, Elderflower Spritzer or Bloody Mary too. They’re also famous for pies and their gift shop. 413 W. US HWY 50. www.bountysalida.com