First Awakenings is aptly named, it's a real eye opener and not just with the great breakfast they serve but with the bright surroundings and the ... More
First Awakenings is aptly named, it's a real eye opener and not just with the great breakfast they serve but with the bright surroundings and the friendly staff serving you. The breakfast served here is rave-worthy delicious. Whether it's a waffle, blueberry pancakes, omelets, burritos, crepes, hash browns or just a plain old fruit bowl, you can be assured not to be disappointed. If you're in the city, do not miss a chance to have a hearty breakfast here. First Awakenings is also dog friendly. Although be warned, this breakfast house is so famous you can almost always expect to find a crowd.
Go during the workweek, when all the working stiffs are plying their trades; otherwise, on holidays and weekends there will be a crowd and there will be a wait...30-60 minutes worth. On the other hand, located in the outlet store area, there are a lot of stores to spend time shopping for bargains while waiting for the best breakfast you'll ever enjoy.
The menu is extensive, with just about any egg dish one can think of...and then some. I am an Eggs Benedict fan; they have about half dozen different kinds to choose from. My wife likes the veggie omelets; they will put just about any kind you want together. A good breakfast must include fresh squeezed OJ; their's does.
The portions are ample and the food is always as ordered. The service is great, even when the waiting to be seated is long, once seated there is someone ready to take you order and serve right away. There is seating inside and out, and the tables are ample; so one doesn't feel hemmed in. The restaurant is located caddy corner across the street from the Monterey Aquarium; so it gets tourists and locals alike.
As an inverterate brunch person, I've tried dozens of places in Monterey and out; but without a doubt First Awakenings is the best. This place is highly recommended. Go have brunch and then take in the aquarium.