Unpretentious and comfortable, The Breakaway Cafe serves some of the best meals in Sonoma county at half the price of many of the more fancy establishments.
It has a great atmosphere; in the day time for breakfast and lunch the dinning room is beautiful, friendly and spacious and filled with light, and in the evening the feeling is warm and romantic and inviting.
It's good, honest food, fresh and clean tasting. I love fish and I almost always have one of their fish specials and it's always been superb. Their chef really knows how to cook fish, crisp on the outside and soft and velvety in the center. Last week I had a very generous portion of beautiful local rock cod on a bed of creamy risotto with a blood orange reduction sauce making a delicious accent. Simple good food, perfectly cooked.
Fried calamari is one of their specialities and it's the best I've ever had, anywhere, period.
It's perfectly fried, without a trace of grease, and served with an addictive chipotle mayonnaise and lemon wedges. It goes great with a glass of their Oatmeal Stout; a perfect combo.
They have some of the very best deserts around too. Marcia, who is one of the waitresses, also makes many of the deserts, and she has a rare talent. On my last visit I had a citrus flavored pound cake, light as a feather, with a perfectly sweet/tart rhubarb and strawberry compote and a spoonful of creme fraiche. Pure heaven. She also makes the best lemon biscotti I've ever tasted. And chocolate brownies; and key lime pie and many other treats. Be sure and save room for desert. The assortment is always changing.
The staff are really friendly and nice and go out of their way to be accommodating. They seem to be really enjoying their jobs and seem happy to be there. A big reason why this place has such a nice atmosphere I bet. I've also found that the chefs are really open to making up special requests.
This really is one of the most pleasant dinning experiences to be had in the North Bay for my money.
It's a favorite with locals and with good reason.
I live over in West County near the coast, and only get over to Sonoma a few times a month, but if I lived in town I'd have dinner at the Breakaway at least several times a week, and breakfast too.