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“Casual, comfortable, and tasty”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of First Awakenings

First Awakenings
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Casual, comfortable, and tasty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

A large group of us (16) met there for breakfast. While they don't take reservations, we did give them a head's up, because there were so many of us. While we had a wait, it really wasn't bad, considering the number of us. They accommodated all of our tastes. Every one of enjoyed our selection, and the casual comfort of the space. The staff was lovely, and even though there were 16, and we took up a considerable amount of space in a small restaurant, we never felt rushed.

  • Visited May 2014
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Modesto, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good chow.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

First Awakenings is a great place to start the day! Their breakfast is "to die for". Great food and beverages. The portions are more than generous and can satisfy anyone's appetite. The outdoor fire pit is great to sit around on a chilly morning and enjoy their food. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Prices are reasonable.

  • Visited May 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Always Pleasant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

We took our out of town guests here for breakfast. We all were very happy with our meals, especially the blueberry pancakes. Always so good. Service was prompt, friendly. They always have enough people to take care of everyone. Too many restaurants these days just don't respect there guests. Thanks.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank rosie e
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La Costa, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great food...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

We found this place through Yelp reviews and it got great ratings. The place isn't very big so for breakfast (especially on a weekend), there's a bit of a wait but it's attached to a shopping complex so you can easily kill time while you wait. I read that their wheat germ pancakes rock so I tried them and I really liked them. They're big so I'd order no more than two. My husband got the Acapulco omelet with potatoes and he really liked it. The potatoes were so good. We would definitely eat here again.

Visited June 2014
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Thank KKnose
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The World
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441 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“We enjoyed breakfast and the service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

First Awakenings, 125 Ocean View Blvd #105, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, tel. (831) 372-1125, http://www.firstawakenings.net/. We thought our breakfasts were very good and our server, Brittney, was excellent. We had a complicated order. Audre thought she wanted a wheat berry pancake until she learned that the wheat berry pancake had wheat germ in it which she doesn’t like. Brittany was very patient and suggested that Audre order one blueberry pancake with strawberries on top. That sounded good to Audre so that’s what she ordered and it was great; too big by half but very good. Dimitri wanted one pancake with mango in it, scrambled eggs and one strip of bacon. That’s what he got and he was very happy. Dimitri also ordered coffee and it came quickly. We learned that First Awakenings has real maple syrup for an extra charge. We ordered that. Our bill was $19.61 plus tip and were very happy.

  • Visited May 2014
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