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Whether after an all nighter into the New Year or for a chance to enjoy a day off from work and welcome in 2014, a delicious brunch is a great way to start the day. Here are welcoming spots serving New Year’s Day brunch in the North Bay.
3611 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465
Howard Station Cafe is a well-known and loved fixture of Occidental. The café will serve until 12:30 p.m. New Year’s Day offering its entire amazing breakfast menu, plus several brunch specials too. With many other restaurants in the area closed on New Year’s Day, Howard Station Café gets pretty busy that day, so enjoy “if you don’t mind the busy hustle and craziness” according to some of the restaurant staff. Visit the website to see the menu offerings.
15 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Since 1937, Buckeye Roadhouse has been a recognized location in Marin County, set just off the Golden Gate Bridge between Sausalito and Mill Valley. Its historic Old World setting blends with contemporary American cuisine to deliver a warm and welcoming dining experience. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Buckeye Roadhouse will serve its regular weekend brunch menu that combines a delicious spin on breakfast classics along with the restaurant’s house specialties, plus a few additional items added for the day. See the brunch menu here.
The Girl & The Fig
110 W. Spain St.
Sonoma, CA 9547
The Girl & The Fig serves “country food with a French passion,” set in the Plaza in Sonoma, in the historic Sonoma Hotel. Restaurant owners Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze opened The Girl & The Fig 16 years ago in Glen Ellen, and over the past 14 years at its current location, the restaurant has made its mark as a wine country dining favorite spot. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant will open at 11 a.m. to serve the regular menus – including the restaurant’s famous Salon du Fromage – throughout the day, along with a few specials, plus patrons are promised lots more! Prices generally range from $8-$25, with choices from an all-day menu, so there is something for everyone. View the brunch menu here.
Sausalito, CA 94965
The Trident is steeped in Sausalito history, as the original Trident was “the” place to go in the heady 1960s, with its “groovy love and all that inner love child peace within you” stuff going on. The original Trident was a welcoming spot for its many famous patrons such as Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Bill Cosby, the Smothers Brothers and Bill Graham. The prototype “good-tasting, natural, wholesome, organic foods in a living, growing and stimulating atmosphere” restaurant set on the lovely Sausalito waterfront evolved over the years, but now again carries the Trident name. The restaurant offers “satisfying and sophisticated fare showcasing local, organic and sustainably produced ingredients,” staying true to its original serving wholesome food philosophy. On New Year’s Day, the Trident will serve its regular lunch menu and may add some brunch items as well.
11180 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
An extremely popular spot, the Station House Café has been serving the West Marin community and visitors from near and far since 1974. The bucolic, rural California coast location is on Highway One, right at the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore, a magnificent area to explore. A beautiful coastal drive, it is less than one hour from the Golden Gate Bridge. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Station House Café prepares ever-changing specials to present the best of fresh and local offerings. On New Year’s Day, the Café will open at 11 a.m. with its lunch menu that include several signature breakfast items served “all day.” Take a peek at the sample lunch menu here.
Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.