Friday, February 17, 2012

101 North: Petaluma, Tea Room Café

Tea Room Café 316 Western Ave., (707) 765-0199. M-F 7:30-3, Sat-Sun 8-2; $$. No reservations. No credit cards. Casual, noisy, and featuring a cheery French flair, this cafe is perfect for breakfast. Diners order at the counter—allow plenty of time, because the chalk-board menu has small print and a vast selection—then find a seat in the big open room or out by the sidewalk. Choose a goat cheese-tomato-avocado omelet, a corn waffle with real maple syrup, fluffy sour cream pancakes, sweet little eggs in a hole spiced up with harissa (ask for the eggs to be runny if you like them that way, because otherwise they might come out almost hard boiled). An array of scones and big puffy croissants are also options. The perfect latte is served in a big French-style bowl, and orange juice is fresh squeezed. Lunch brings on sandwiches, including a veggie burger.

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image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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