Red House Cafe
662 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove
Cozy by the fire or chillin’ on the porch, unique variations on classic culinary themes is the secret sauce here. Favorites on the breakfast side of the Saturday-Sunday brunch menu are traditional ham Benedict on a croissant or the crab cake version; cinnamon brioche French toast or artichoke-heart frittata; for lunch it’s the B.L.T on an herbed brioche roll, roast chicken breast on ciabatta with caramelized onions and lemon-basil aïoli or a freshly ground beef burger on a soft brioche. Owner Laura D’Amelio says those consistently delicious dishes made with fresh local ingredients—and loyal customers who have become part of the family—make for the best.