Although Circa ’62 only serves breakfast (and brunch on the weekends), it is one of the most popular eateries for locals in-the-know. The level of culinary experimentation, coupled with high-end ingredients and a meticulous craftsmanship, mean that you can get a meal here on a par with anything in the city. Menus change regularly, so be sure to check out their website to see what’s on offer during your visit. Honestly, though, it’s all so good you can pretty much order freely.
Prices are fair, but reflective of the quality ingredients and time spent making the dishes. Basic fare like chia seed chocolate pudding with brûléed bananas or toasted walnut-cinnamon bread is in the $5-$7 range, while heartier fare like the local Roundman’s bacon and sweet corn hash or house-made rosemary pork sausage and eggs will run you $15-$17. They have a burger, and pancakes, as well, if you’re feeling a bit less adventurous. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, the go-to dish is definitely the ‘slow death on a raft’ – that’s a hash brown waffle with two eggs and house-made pork gravy. Not decadent enough for you? You can add Covelo beef chicken-fried steak to that. The coffee drinks are fantastic. The tea is local Mendocino Tea Co. The orange juice is fresh and delicious.
There’s not much else to say, except this place can get busy, so it’s a good idea to call ahead. Enjoy!