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Taste organic Sonoma and Marin cheeses, buy a scoop of Meyer lemon or blackberry-swirl ice cream, or order a tri-tip barbecue sandwich or fresh spinach salad at this small market inside the historic 1913 Petaluma Cre...
A groovy, very popular and affordable habitat serving everything from Syrian pastries to empanadas to chicken-salad sandwiches and goat-cheese baguettes, not to mention great coffee. The tables are almost always full.
This place makes four kinds of breakfast burritos that you eat out of a basket in view of Crystal Pier (patio seating available) alongside pancakes, eggs and Kono potatoes. It’s always crowded but well worth the wait.
Tucked back from the street in a tiny garden, this locals' kitchen stays true to Ojai's granola-crunchy hippie roots with sprout-filled wraps, raw salads, fake-meat Reuben sandwiches and classic SoCal date shakes.
Bowls of steaming café au lait, poached eggs en croute (in pastry) and crunchy baguette sandwiches – if you’re looking for Paris in Oakland, you’ll find it at this deliciously unpretentious sidewalk cafe.
For strictly vegetarian groceries and fabulous prepared meals and salads north of central Ocean Beach, this organic cooperative does bulk foods, and excellent counter-service soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps.
Decorated in a style best described as ‘whorehouse baroque,’ this charmer serves coffee and beer through the day, along with sandwiches, pizzas and delectable desserts. Listen for live folk music some nights.
The town’s best cafe is in the middle of the historic downtown, with high ceilings and lots of atmosphere. The menu gets raves for the Belgian waffles, homemade soups, veggie-friendly salads, panini and lasagna.
Fresh and well-executed, the menu here leans toward simple Italian comfort food, made all the more comfortable by the wood-and-brick interior. The wine list is long on area vineyards. Locals rave about lunch.
Friendly natural-foods store and bakery, serving healthy and tasty vegetarian dishes, fresh juices and good espresso. The adjoining store has all kinds of fairies, herbal supplements and new-agey trinkets.
Proudly locavore and mostly organic, settle into a comfy sofa here for your daily dose of locally roasted coffee, homemade granola, breakfast burritos and scrumptious vegan (and some gluten-free) pastries.
In the former Olema Inn, a creaky 1876 building, hyper-local Sir & Star delights with Marin-sourced seasonal bounty like Tomales Bay oysters, Dungeness crab and duck 'faux' gras. Reservations recommended.
Its location may be in a drab-looking shopping center just off I-5, but it’s the real deal for croissants and brioches baked daily and kick-start espresso, plus omelets, salads and sandwiches until 2:30pm.
An earthy little sandwich shop housed in a wood-shingled, former gas station, serves up sandwiches like the Larry (polish sausage, mushrooms, green onions on rye) or the veggie Christine on the sunny patio.
Right by the Truckee River dam and the Fanny Bridge, stash your bikes in the racks outside this cute cottage and walk inside for a breakfast burrito, ice-cream fruit smoothie or pick-me-up espresso.
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