Fridays around here have become affectionately named “Family Fun Fridays.” The pastors at South Bay have Friday off because obviously Sunday is a work day. This especially became fun for our family once we had Ella, because we are building a tradition around it.
We started in the early summer going to a different breakfast restaurant every Friday morning. So we would wake up and feed her at 7:00am, and then head out as a family to breakfast. Ella would (back when this thing started and she was like 4 months old) stay awake until right about the time our food came and then fall asleep in the booth. It was so precious. Now, the game is finding things to keep her occupied in her carseat long enough for us to finish eating! She’s almost ready for the restaurant high chairs!
Anyways, so we went to 10 breakfast restaurants here in San Jose and the surrounding areas and rated them on 5 categories. Coffee, Pancakes, Omelets, Atmosphere and Service. Each weekend we would order the same items, pancakes and an omelet, and split both. Then we would both judge the 5 categories at the end of the meal before we left. We got basic pancakes each time, though we did not get the same type of omelet each time. We inquired of the waitress (usually) and got the one that is most popular (and had meat–very important).
The Restaurants are linked to their yelp page 🙂
Country Gourmet (Mountain View) Total Score: 42
Coffee 10, Pancakes 7, Omelette 9, Atmosphere 7, Service 9
Country Inn Cafe (Santa Clara) Total Score: 23
Coffee 3, Pancakes 5, Omelette 7, Atmosphere 4, Service 4
Mil’s Diner (Milpitas) Total Score: 24
Coffee 5, Pancakes 5, Omelette 5, Atmosphere 4, Service 5
Stacks (Campbell) Total Score: 44.5
Coffee 9, Pancakes 9, Omelette 8, Atmosphere 9, Service 9.5
Black Bear Diner (Milpitas) Total Score: 41.5
Coffee 7, Pancakes 8, Omelette 8, Atmosphere 9.5, Service 9
Flames Eatery & Bar (Downtown San Jose) Total Score: 38
Coffee 6, Pancakes 7, Omelette 9, Atmosphere 8, Service 8
Scrambl’z (San Jose) Total Score: 35
Coffee 5, Pancakes 6, Omelette 6.5, Atmosphere 9.5, Service 8
Bill’s Cafe (San Jose-The Alameda) Total Score: 27
Coffee 5, Pancakes 8, Omelete 5, Atmosphere 4, Service 5
The Breakfast Place (San Jose) Total Score: 36
Coffee 5, Pancakes 6.5, Omelette 8, Atmosphere 7, Service 9.5
Coffee 6, Pancakes 9, Omelette 7, Atmosphere 7, Service 8
So the top winners were
- Stacks (44.5)
- Country Gourmet (42)
- Black Bear Diner (41.5)
This was a really fun project for us . . . we may do another rendition soon. There are many great restaurants around here for breakfast. Or maybe add 10 more restaurants. There are so many out there!