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Morning Thunder Cafe

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352 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico, CA 95926
+1 530-342-9717
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Penn Valley, California
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93 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Heading north to spend some time in Portland and Chico was perfect for a breakfast stop. Morning Thunder is a little off the highway, but well worth the slight detour. We arrived just before 8 AM and were fortunate to find a table for 2. Our waiter was quickly at the table with water, explained the menu and took our... More 

Thank WilsyPV
Pacifica, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, found this place while visiting our daughter at CSU. Portions are large and prices are excellent. Ate here twice for breakfast and would definitely recommend it for everyone. Open for breakfast and lunch. Wife had the 1-2-3 combo both days and loved it, once with a huge waffle and once with a gigantic blueberry pancake. I had the Chicken... More 

Thank John R
Scotts Valley CA
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258 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great specials - we had the omelette special with lots of crispy hash browns. The cafe was packed for a Labor Day weekend Saturday morning ... (the nearby farmer's market was in full swing). Plenty of parking in front of the cafe. Although the place was packed, tables opened quickly and service was good considering how many people they had... More 

Thank JKD
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40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food, generous portions, friendly service and lots of activity! This place is always crowded... and for a good reason. Their food is outstanding! Worth the wait and well worth the price, but don't plan on a quiet stop. Morning Thunder is booming with conversations and activity!

Thank Peggysue T
Yuba City, California
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52 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You'll recognize Morning Thunder by its 'diner-like' chromed out facade. I have been here dozens of times; breakfasts & lunches are consistent, plentiful and offer interesting variety (including daily specials and health conscious options). Diner is clean, kitchen is honest; a greasy spoon without the grease! Happy staff too!

Thank Harry S
Chico, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

I'm never disappointed when I pay a visit to Morning Thunder Cafe. The portions are amazing and the waitstaff is excellent. I have a Wheat Allergy and they have Gluten Free options. You can order sandwiches, burgers, and more and request the bread to be Gluten Free. Yay!

Thank Esther W
San Diego, California
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198 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Love this place, throwback diner. Mostly locals, few students. We all had great breakfast. My chicken fried steak at $10 was awsome, I am always looking for that great sausuge gravy and this is right up there with some of the best I like. Thick and lots of sausage. Hash browns were perect, eggs too. My daughter had the bacon... More 

Thank lost_bobcat
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Know one can come close to there breakfast. I come to Chico on bussniss and have tried many cafes in town. There is no eggs benni there. Wish they had it.

Thank Rob E
West Palm Beach, Florida
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent. The portions were generous. The service was good. The bacon was special. The atmosphere was neighborhood diner where friends can meet.

Thank Julio Q
Magalia, California
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016

This is a great place to eat a casual breakfast or lunch. It can be crowded during peak meal times, you may have to wait to get seated. Personal favorites are the biscuits & gravy, burgers, chicken wraps, & the Java shakes. Only downsides are parking, the lot often fills up, & it can be quite loud in there.

Thank CherylandRicsTravels

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 352 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico, CA 95926
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Chico
  • Phone Number: +1 530-342-9717

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?