There isn't much more in the world that I love as much as breakfast. Breakfast places that are about the size of a large bedroom to breakfast places that serve pancakes all day, everyday... I love them all. Luckily, I found a pretty fantastic breakfast buddy who loves breakfast just as much as I do (maybe more since he has actually figured out how to make an omelette and I'm not there yet).
This weekend was a long weekend and since I live in Northern California, it was nice and sunny. I donned a dress or shorts all weekend and basked in the sunshine. Unfortunately, Half Moon Bay did it's usual trick where it decided it was going to be foggy. But you know what you can still get in foggy weather? Breakfast.
That's where 3-Zero Cafe comes in. For 11 years in a row, this tiny airport breakfast place has received the award for the Best Breakfast on the Coast. This restaurant opened 22 years ago at the Half Moon Bay Airport and is covered in memorabilia from Veterans as well as model airplanes.
I have to admit, I'm a total sucker for themed breakfast restaurants. Kitschy diners with photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and James Dean, restaurants that are also record stores (we'll get to that later)... They all win me over. It gives you something to look at (and learn about) while you wait. Also, most of these restaurants have a great history. All along these walls were personal items that people have donated either themselves or on behalf of someone.
If you have salmon and/or crab on your breakfast menu, I'm going to order it. That's one of the perks of living on a coast. I can have fish anytime I want and it doesn't come from can or a farm. It comes from the ocean and I'm pretty surprised that haven't eaten the ocean clean out of salmon. Between the two of us, we got the Northern Omelette (Bacon, Sausage, Mushrooms, Onions, Diced Tomatoes, Cheddar and Jack Cheeses, garnished with sour cream and chives. There's also ham but someone is weird), the Northwestern Omelette (Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Cream Cheese), which both came with potatoes and english muffins. While the capers added a lot of saltiness to the omelette, both were pretty delicious. But not as delicious as the syrup that was on the pancakes we shared. I know National Pancake Day is today, but we celebrated a day early.
I'm normally an egg girl but if I get the chance to come back here, I'll definitely be having an all carb breakfast full of syrupy pancake heaven. Their Yelp! page is pretty accurate and backs me up in the urge of ditching your diet to eat all the carbs. Something that's also great is that they have a huge outdoor area that's totally dog friendly! Great... Now I'm hungry again...