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First Awakenings

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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CUISINES
American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Menu

EGG-CETERA​
Culinary experimentation best describes some of our favorites! If you like it hot
$9.19
Jalapeños $+0.79
Day Starter Skillet
These dishes are prepared for the heartiest appetites. We put a layer of our home style potatoes in a skillet, and you pick your favorite combination from the following: fresh diced vegetables, mushroom and ham, onion and bacon, green chiles, onion and salsa, topped with mixed melted cheeses and two eggs
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Sonoran Frittata
An open face mexican omelette with spicy chorizo, onions, melted cheeses, diced tomato and sour cream. Served with salsa on the side.
$8.79
Jalapeños $+0.79
Caps, Etc.
Specially​ sautéed mushroom caps draped with bubbly cheese. Served with two eggs cooked to your liking.
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Heartland Frittata
Fresh​ spinach, diced bacon and tomato combined with baked eggs under a blanket of melted jack cheese
$9.19
Jalapeños $+0.79
Viva Carnitas Scramble
Scrambled eggs, seasoned carnitas, diced onion, green chiles and sliced mushroom smothered with melted jack cheese. Served with ripe tomato, sour cream and chives
$9.59
Half benedicts are available $8.29
Jalapeños $+0.79
Eggs Benedict - Your Way
An english muffin with freshly poached eggs, award-winning hollandaise sauce and your choice of the following: sliced ham and tomato wheels, turkey and avocado, sautéed fresh spinach, mushroom and tomato, served with fruit
$8.59
Jalapeños $+0.79
Pope John
Two eggs cooked to your liking with a plump polish sausage, yellow mustard, onion and melted swiss cheese. Heavenly
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Suisse Miss
Frittata with ham and mushrooms. Topped with melted swiss cheese, diced tomato, sour cream and chives
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Our Huevos Rancheros
A​ flour tortilla layered with homemade black bean chili, onion, jack and cheddar cheeses, avocado, diced tomato, eggs, sour cream and chives. Served with salsa
CRÊPEGGS​
A thin, sweet crêpe combined with fluffy whipped egg. Served with home style potatoes and an english muffin.
$8.79
Over Lightly
Jack and cheddar cheeses, avocado, sliced mushroom and sprouts. Served with our special dressing
$8.99
California Crêpe
Avocado, mushroom, onion, ham, jack cheese and sour cream with our own salsa on the side.
$8.99
Turkey Dill
Diced turkey, mushrooms, chopped spinach, onion and monterey jack cheese folded in ourcrêpegg. Topped with diced tomatoes, our award-winning hollandaise sauce and fresh dill.
$8.99
Hawaiian Crêpe
Ham, pineapple, onion, mushroom, jack cheese, sour cream and chives.
GOURMET PANCAKES​
Always made from scratch, never a mix! Singles available.
$7.99
Plain
Recommended for the purist
$8.29
Bluegerm
Can you guess
$8.29
Wheat Germ
Hard to believe these are good for you
$8.79
All That Razz
Raspberry, coconut and granola
$8.29
Fresh Apple Cinnamon and Oatmeal
$8.29
Bananagerm
$8.29
Blueberry
Plenty of berries
$8.29
Raisin-Walnut
A tasty treat
$8.79
Wheatberry
Available in season. Wheat germ, fresh strawberries and whipped cream
SOMETHING SPECIAL​
$6.59
Raisin Bread French Toast or Thick Sliced Texas Toast
Cooked in a batter made with vanilla, imported cinnamon, brown sugar, cream and eggs. Topped with creamy butter and cinnamon sugar.
$7.99
A single pancake for $+1.00
Triple Bogey
Choice of 2 strips of bacon or sausage links, two eggs and two slices of texas toast
$5.99
Seasonal fresh fruit $+1.99
Our Homemade Belgian Waffle
Dusted​ with powdered sugar then topped with creamy whipped butter
HEALTHY DEPARTMENT​
$6.49
Siesta Key Cocktail
A very healthy serving of low-fat yogurts, granola, raisins, nuts and fruit. Served with a whole wheat english muffin
For omelettes and frittatas $+0.79
Eggbeaters
Any egg dish can be made with eggbeaters or egg whites.
$5.29
Fruit Bowl
Filled with the season’s freshest
$3.29
Turkey or Vegetarian Sausage Links
Low-fat, low cholesterol
$7.99
Granola $+0.79
Wheat germ $+0.79
Fresh Fruit Crêpes
Two thin homemade crêpes wrapped around fresh fruit and topped with low-fat yogurt. Served with a whole wheat english muffin
$3.29
Cold Cereal
A selection of healthy cereals served with raisins and bananas
$8.59
Cornucopia
Eggbeaters or egg whites and fresh vegetables scrambled together. Served with fresh fruit or sliced tomatoes and an english muffin
$4.29
Oatmeal
Served with brown sugar and raisins
$4.99
Granola $+0.79
Wheat germ $+0.79
Summer Oatmeal
A delightful mixture of bananas, berries, low-fat yogurt and oatmeal
$4.59
Orchard Oatmeal
Fresh cinnamon apples cooked in oatmeal. Served with milk and raisins
OUR OMELETTES​
We have devoted our lives to this art form. Served with homestyle potatoes and english muffin of course! If you like it hot,
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Veggie
Fresh seasonal vegetables, savory cheese, sour cream and chives
$9.29
Jalapeños $+0.79
Acapulco Express
Chorizo, avocado, green chiles and onion folded in, then smothered in melted cheese. Capped with sour cream and chives and omelette olé served with salsa
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Green Chiles, Onion, Salsa And
Melted cheese. Topped with a dollop of sour cream
$9.29
Jalapeños $+0.79
The Works
Ham, bacon, sausage, mushroom, onion, tomato, melted cheese, sour cream and chives
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Far West
Ham, bell pepper, onion and cheeses
$9.19
Jalapeños $+0.79
Bacado
Bacon, avocado and melted monterey jack cheese topped with sour cream and chives. Served with a side of salsa
$8.99
Jalapeños $+0.79
Portofino Pesto
Smoked turkey, monterey jack cheese, pesto, onions, mushrooms and diced tomato
$8.79
Jalapeños $+0.79
Greek Fetish
Feta cheese, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and olives
$6.59
Plain Omelette
TRADITIONS​
To substitute eggbeaters or egg whites add 79¢
Eggbeaters $+0.79
Egg whites $+0.79
Two Eggs
Served with potatoes and a muffin 6.29
$8.19
Eggbeaters $+0.79
Egg whites $+0.79
Two Eggs and Meat
Served with your choice of bacon, turkey sausage, ham or pork sausage, potatoes and a muffin
$9.99
Eggbeaters $+0.79
Egg whites $+0.79
Chicken Fried Steak
Served with country gravy, two eggs, potatoes and muffin
$8.99
Eggbeaters $+0.79
Egg whites $+0.79
Calamari Steak
Served with two eggs, potatoes and a muffin
$7.59
Eggbeaters $+0.79
Egg whites $+0.79
Biscuits with Country Gravy
Served with two eggs and potatoes
$10.99
Eggbeaters $+0.79
Egg whites $+0.79
Steak
Served with sautéed onion and mushroom, two eggs, potatoes and a muffin
ON THE SIDE​
$2.79
Potatoes
$3.29
Bacon, Sausage or Ham
$1.09
One Egg
$0.79
Sour Cream
$3.79
Mushroom Caps
$3.99
Calamari
$1.59
Avocado
$0.59
Salsa
SALADS​
$10.99
Black and Bleu
Grilled steak, spring mix, romaine, tomato, red onion, avocado, bleu cheese crumbles and bleu cheese dressing
Full order $9.29
Half order $7.99
Cobb Salad
Diced​ tomato, chopped bacon, turkey, bleu cheese, hard boiled egg and avocado layered over a bed of fresh greens. Served with your choice of dressing.
$9.29
Sizzling Oriental Salad
Grilled​ teriyaki chicken breast, fresh vegetables and water chestnuts stir fried in our sweet and sour dressing. Served atop mixed greens, then smothered in oriental noodles
$9.29
Asian Harvest Salad
Grilled chicken, tomato, red grapes, red onion, walnuts, sliced apple, spring mix, feta cheese, romaine and asian sesame dressing
$5.99
Garden Salad
Romaine lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms and broccoli
Full order $9.29
Half order $7.99
Chicken Caesar
Diced chicken breast, seasoned croutons and romaine lettuce tossed in our tangy caesar dressing and topped with fresh parmesan cheese.
$9.29
Southwestern
Grilled chicken, spring mix, romaine, corn, black beans, tomato, jack cheese and chipotle ranch dressing
$9.29
Tuscan Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken, spring mix, romaine, red onion, feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomato and italian dressing
$9.29
Fruity Chicken
Your choice of chicken salad or dolphin safe albacore tuna. Served with the season’s freshest fruit
$9.29
Popeye
Fresh spinach and mixed greens, crisp bean sprouts, chopped egg and bacon tossed with our zesty sweet and sour dressing
SANDWICHES​
Served with homestyle potatoes, fresh fruit and our salad marinade.
$8.99
Al B. Core Tuna Salad
The finest dolphin safe white albacore tuna combined with water chestnuts, celery and mayonnaise. Spread thin on a multi-grain bread with lettuce and tomato
$8.99
Attila the Ham
Ham and swiss with tomato and lettuce on grilled rye, spread with dijon mustard to your taste
$9.19
Bay Burger
Grilled tender calamari steak, melted jack cheese, tartar sauce, tomato and lettuce on a roll
$9.19
Beef Encounter
Thinly sliced roast beef, piled high with sliced mushrooms and melted jack cheese on a sandwich roll. Served with au jus on the side
$9.19
Beef Memories
Sliced​ roast beef, onion and bell pepper sautéed and seasoned with spices and garlic. Served with tomato and a blanket of swiss cheese on grilled rye
$9.19
Chicado
Grilled chicken breast with avocado, melted jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise on a roll
$8.99
Blte
Just​ like it sounds plus melted cheese, mayo and a fried egg served on multi-grain bread
$8.99
Chicken Little
Our chicken salad made with water chestnuts, raisins and celery mounded on english muffins and topped with tomato and melted jack cheese
$9.29
Chicken or Carnitas Quesadilla
A flour tortilla stuffed with your choice of meat, onion, diced tomato, green chiles with jack and cheddar cheeses melted to perfection. Folded and served with salsa, sour cream and chives
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All reviews brunch pancakes english muffin wheat germ potatoes salad sandwiches pot of coffee old town best breakfast in town breakfast place worth the wait daily specials steinbeck center love this place main street large portions
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Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

I’ve been craving these pancakes since I ate them the first time back in February. Raspberry and coconut in pancakes. I order the triple stack, and share with my two friends. We also ordered today’s special, which was pulled pork scramble. All of the food...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dbrgdmn
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

I’ve eaten breakfast here several times over the years and I think it just keeps getting better. The breakfasts are large and prepared to your specific tastes. The omelettes are filled with bacon and cheese. I usually ask for half the cheese. The coffee is...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank zoeysmom2011
Reviewed 6 November 2018

This place is very popular among Salinas locals and rightly so. It is good comfort-style breakfast served fairly quickly and at a good price. I have never had a bad meal here.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Roy S
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Great service and variety of food choices. Love the healthy breakfast food choices especially the wheat germ pancake.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank evamihu
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Waited FOREVER!!! NOT WORTH IT. So crowded inside you might as well be sitting with adjoining tables

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank katkr8s
Reviewed 27 October 2018

This restaurant is based in Monterey and Salinas; I have been to both previously. However, my last visit left me unsatisfied...I had french toast. It was during brunch on a Sunday and it is better you make reservations or call ahead to find out ahead...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cat96313
Reviewed 26 October 2018

I love this place for breakfast. My favorite is the raspberry and granola pancakes. Staff are friendly and on top of things. Food is always great, and the atmosphere is has a cozy amiable feeling.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Andipf
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This is one of those kinds of places where you can go for a good American style breakfast. Eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, all the good stuff. Keep an eye out for the daily specials, they tend to be very good. Staff and service are good, just...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank evelynl1819
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Very good lunch and breakfast place. Large menu so anyone should find items that suit. Family run in very nicely kept up historic building. A very short walk from the Steinbeck center. Worth a stop in you are driving past Salinas on !)!. take main...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Barbra B
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Dropped in for a quick breakfast before visiting the Steinbeck Center. Being a Sunday morning it was quite busy but managed to squeeze in after not too long. Mushroom and blue cheese omelette was excellent and filling. This together with a side of bacon and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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