Kick off the new year with Monday brunch at these eight restaurants around town

The Monte Cristo brunch sandwich at Capitol Garage (Photo courtesy of Capitol Garage)

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then what you have on the morning of January 1 may just be the most important meal of the year. Get 2018 off to a great start at these eight restaurants around town that will be extending their weekend brunch into Monday, New Year’s Day, and serving up everything from decadent apple-ricotta pancakes and tiramisu French toast to playful winter cocktails like hot toddies with agave nectar.


On New Year’s Day at this new East Sacramento restaurant, Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi will be whipping up elevated brunch cuisine like ricotta pancakes with apple filling and apple cubes, and brioche avocado toast topped with Dungeness crab, roasted tomatoes and preserved lemon relish, as well as griddled banana bread sprinkled with rum raisins and powdered sugar. To sip, there’s espresso from Identity Coffees and a Bloody Mary made with kimchi juice and garnished with green olives and a celery stalk. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1719 34th St. 469-2433.

Capitol Garage

Pull up a bistro chair inside this hip downtown eatery, which regularly serves brunch on Monday holidays, and choose from an array of morning staples, like the Monte Cristo sandwich, a generous selection of eggs Benedict (including a spice-forward version with chimichurri, Mezcal shrimp and Tapatío hollandaise) and holiday specials like the peppered bacon croissant sando. Warm up with a Woodford hot toddy infused with agave nectar, which pairs well with the popular tiramisu French toast covered with vanilla mascarpone, house-made mocha sauce and orange slices. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 1500 K St. 444-3633.

The apple-ricotta pancakes at Canon in East Sacramento (Photo courtesy of Canon)

Ink Eats & Drinks

The brunch menu at this midtown restaurant, decked out with Ed Hardy-style tattoo murals and purple vinyl booths, is just as eclectic as its décor. This Monday's offerings will include the Fork & Knife sandwich—piled high with country-fried steak, eggs, American cheese and bacon on a homemade biscuit—and the loco moco with a sausage patty and egg slathered in gravy over white rice. Plus, you can turn brunch hour into happy hour with bottomless mimosas and screwdrivers. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 2730 N St. 456-2800.

The Porch Restaurant and Bar

Start off the new year with a dose of Southern comfort at this midtown restaurant, where executive chef Jon Clemons has designed a brunch menu comprising everything from shrimp and grits to chicken and waffles with red velvet waffles and fried chicken breaded with Cocoa Puffs. You can also dig into the Biscuit & Brisket with smoked, shredded brisket, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, or the shrimp po’ boy with cornmeal-fried shrimp and jalapeño aioli. Wash it all down with a Low Country Lemonade made with açaí vodka, rosemary-lavender syrup, house-made limoncello and floating blackberries. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1815 K St. 444-2423.

Mama Kim Eats

Sip a raspberry Bellini or pomegranate-ginger champagne as you tuck into a three-course brunch at Mama Kim Eats with farm-to-fork soul food from chef-owner Kim Scott, like the Surf 'N' Turf Benedict with King crab, fresh spinach and spicy tomato hollandaise, or the duck confit glazed with orange marmalade alongside poached eggs, sweet potatoes and a cheddar-chive biscuit. You also can't go wrong with the signature fried chicken and jalapeño-cheddar waffles with spicy mustard sauce. $29 per person. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1616 Del Paso Blvd. 515-9971.

Putah Creek Cafe

Set your alarms early for a homestyle brunch that starts at 6 a.m. at this Winters diner, where you’ll find hot-off-the-griddle breakfast fare like Belgian bacon waffles with fried chicken. A hearty plate of huevos rancheros comes with carnitas, black beans, sunny-side-up eggs and melted jack and cheddar cheeses, while the lighter Meek's Fruit Salad comes with a side of cranberry walnut toast. Raise your glass to the new year with a pomegranate-kiwi mimosa or a Bloody Mary made with Seagram’s vodka. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Main St. Winters. 530-795-2682.

A blackberry-basil margarita at Tower Cafe (Photo courtesy of Tower Cafe)

Tower Cafe

Under the neon spire of Tower Theatre, this bustling cafe offers global brunch dishes like the Oaxacan Eggs Mole with over-medium eggs drenched in the classic spiced chile sauce and sprinkled with cotija cheese, as well as the Thai steak and eggs with grilled skirt steak marinated in ginger, garlic and plum glaze and served with a side of sweet jalapeño sauce. Don’t miss Tower Cafe’s locally famous French toast, which is soaked overnight in vanilla custard and topped with whipped butter and pair your meal with a cocktail like a blackberry-basil margarita, or a house-made sangria with red wine, peach schnapps and apricot brandy. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 1518 Broadway. 441-0222.

Wildwood Kitchen & Bar

This new contemporary-chic restaurant in the Pavilions shopping center will extend its brunch menu into Monday, doling out classic dishes with a twist, like lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh lemon butter, and avocado naan bread with roasted tomato and sliced radish. Sweet tooths can nab malted waffles with mallow cream and seasonal fruit or homemade sticky cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting, but for hearty appetites, there's also plenty of lunchy dishes, like barbecue Skuna Bay salmon with fingerling potatoes and blackberry "paint" for dipping. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 556 Pavilions Ln. 922-2858.

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