5 Monday brunches to savor this President's Day weekend

15l Chocwaffles
Photo courtesy of Cafeteria 15L
Cafeteria 15L's chocolate waffle dish is one of the highlights of Presidents' Day brunches around the region.

Get patriotic this Presidents’ Day with one of the most American of traditions—brunch. Here are five restaurants around the region where you can relax during a Monday brunch over the holiday weekend.

Awful Annie’s
This family-run eatery has two locations (in Auburn and Lincoln), so there is no reason to miss out on one of the awesome omelets or the delicious benedicts like the house specialty, the California Crab Cake Benedict: two perfectly poached eggs on top of crab cakes with either sliced tomato or toasted English muffins swimming in lemony hollandaise sauce and garnished with fresh avocado. Brunch served from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 160 Sacramento St. Auburn. 530-888-9857. 7:30 am.–3 p.m. 490 Lincoln Blvd. 645-9766. awfulannies.com

Cafeteria 15L
Treat yourself at this midtown hot spot with its signature chicken and waffles, a scrumptious platter of juicy chicken dunked in buttermilk, coated with cornflakes and fried to crunchy perfection atop a Belgian waffle smothered in country gravy and served with pecan butter and maple syrup. For the sweeter-toothed diner, don’t miss the luscious chocolate waffle, made with silky Valrhona chocolate, topped with fresh sliced bananas, salted caramel and maple whipped cream. Brunch served from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 1116 15th St. 492-1960. cafeteria15l.com

Putah Creek Cafe & Bakery
At this nifty little breakfast nook located in downtown Winters, the menu features breakfast staples like big Belgian waffles and fluffy flapjacks, while crowd pleasers like the chicken fried steak smothered in country sausage gravy served with two eggs and a warm buttermilk biscuit or the massive ranchers’ breakfast complete with pancakes, eggs, potatoes, toast and a choice of bacon, ham or house-made sausage (links or patties—the restaurant has both) make this treasured gem worth the drive. Brunch served 6 a.m.–3 p.m. 1 Main St. Winters. 530-795-2682. putahcreekcafe.com

Roxy Restaurant & Bar
This Western-themed restaurant in Arden-Arcade will serve up its brunch menu on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. Try menu favorites like the tri-tip beef benedict with slices of smoked Lucky Dog Ranch beef laid on top of cheddar grit cakes with poached eggs and smothered in a spicy hollandaise sauce or the house-made donut holes—sweet little mounds of fried dough that are served with a trio of sauces which includes chocolate, caramel and a weekly rotating sauce, such as apple marshmallow, inspired by seasonal fruits. Brunch served from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd. 489-2000. roxyrestaurantandbar.com

Tower Café
Honor our commanders-in-chief with a morning meal at this international institution on Broadway. For the lovers of classic breakfast confections, Tower’s famous custard-soaked French toast griddled to golden crispness is a must-have. For a more savory option, try the Madame Cristo: ham and Swiss cheese stuffed into a piece of French toast and topped with two over-easy eggs, buttery béchamel sauce and chipotle-raspberry jam. Brunch served 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 1518 Broadway. 441-0222. towercafe.com

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