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First Awakenings

171 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3403
831-784-1125
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Ranked #1 of 280 restaurants in Salinas
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Salinas, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

An often crowded meeting spot, this place has a delicious Fruity chicken salad, good sandwiches, and really bad crepes...they fall apart and get very soggy with too many fillings. Ambiance is good but a bit loud, service good, but a bit rushed. If you come on weekends, be prepared for a wait of 20 to 30 minutes. It is only... More

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Salinas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We have frequented First Awakenings for many years. The food, service and price are the best. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting.

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California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

best place for breakfast! go early on the weekends to beat the crowds. if not, worth the wait. try the pancakes. service is good, food is good. Eat where the locals eat.

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Colfax, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I am a Salinas H.S. Class of '64 and this was my first visit back since our 25th H.S. Reunion. Downtown has changed dramatically (for the MUCH BETTER) and this jewel of a restaurant is in a terrific location. One block south of Steinbeck Museum on Main Street. Food portions were 'stuffingly good'...service was very amiable and our staff looked... More

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Salinas, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

I love this place. I live in salinas and first awakenings is the only place I go for breakfast. Every item is great, fresh and creative. I especially enjoy the pancakes. Every day there are specials and I find it hard to choose.

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sussex
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The restaurant sits in an 1890's block close to the National Steinbeck Centre and proved to be a great find for lunch. $10-99 for chicken and a memorable salad with strawberries, pineapple, walnuts etc. Very colourful presentation. Service was good even when under pressure

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Napa, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Handy to and a part of the Old Town district. Menu was ample, crowded weekends. Our hosts like this place for Breakfasts; which the title suggests. Corner Location, "....memories of long ago..."

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Monterey, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

If your looking for the best breakfast in Salinas, you found it! Whenever I'm working nearby, I go here for lunch, always Good. Sunday mornings you will have to wait to get in, but its well worth it. Always good service, friendly staff, and I have never had a bad meal, nor could I say anything bad, and I'm a... More

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Salinas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My family has had breakfast here numerous times and I have even purchased gift certificates for friends. The servings are generous, the food always good and mostly healthy to boot! Friendly staff and prompt service, what more could you want? A definite must eat place in Salinas.

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California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is THE BEST restaurant featuring home cooking in Salinas! It is a MUST STOP! I was so impressed with their oatmeal from scratch with cinnamon and apples, that I also ordered their pancakes and eggs to order! Friendly staff, great ambiance and fabulous home cooked food! What more could anyone want? STOP HERE!

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