The Naked Pig Café dining room at brunch has a casual, farmhouse rustic-chic atmosphere that spills out onto the al fresco bistro tables. Whimsical details like chalkboard wall artwork illustrating a waffle recipe and mixed-and-matched dining chairs and refurbished wood tables create a dining room aesthetic that is a far cry from what the venue once was: a commuter bus station. Reviving what could have well been a shuttered eyesore, the owners of the Santa Rosa cafe clearly paid attention to every detail.
Following a soft launch in early April, the Naked Pig Café now serves up breakfast and lunch five days a week. Weekend brunch draws a crowd to menu items like the Whiskey Caramel Waffle ($11) or the savory yet sweet Green Onion Biscuit with Honey ($13) served with two olive oil baked eggs, thick-cut bacon, and a mixed greens salad.
A locally-sourced and organic menu continues to expand as new purveyors are discovered and added to the list. So you will also find of-the-season items like an Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata ($13) served with a red or salsa verde, grilled breakfast potatoes, and a green salad. Baked egg studded with creamy goat cheese and crisp asparagus mixes well with tangy flavors from the salsa.
Edible flower petals garnish a hot-off-the-press, Belgian-style waffle dripping in rich, malted Bulleit Bourbon-caramel sauce -- just another example of how prime Sonoma county is for sourcing fresh produce. Add to that a growing variety of local food producers. Coffee is sourced from Melody Coffee. Dairy from Straus Creamery. From any seat in the house you can peer over the café bar to see the chef-owner duo Jason Sokach whip up a killer latte (who is happy to go off the menu for a mocha order too) or Dalia Martinez in the kitchen with menu staples like Wise Acre pasture raised eggs or Langley pasture-raised pork.
If you're looking for breakfast or brunch up north with a knack for local sourcing, this is a spot to go on your list.
Naked Pig Café, 435 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa CA. Open: Wednesday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
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