The art of brunching enjoys a rich history of giving late-night enthusiasts remedies for aches and pains, as well as proud morning socialites a reason to put on a happy face come Sunday Funday.
Brunch has become more than pancakes and Bloody Marys. It’s an opportunity to enhance the morning conversation if only to recount the previous night’s events. In Stockton, brunch is a celebrated ritual for many lifestyle types—from students and river travelers to weekend warriors from near and far.
In no particular order, here’s a count of some of our favorite places to enjoy a great brunch in Stockton, California:
Bob’s at the Marina is a Delta institution of great breakfast food and burgers you can really sink your teeth into. If you’re hankering for some good ol’ fashion, stick-to-your-ribs home cooking, this is the place to go. Located on a small peninsula jutting out into the Stockton Delta, the large patio and shady trees set the scene for a relaxed late-morning meal. Enjoy breakfast classics like steak and eggs, pancakes and waffles, or dig into something a bit more substantial, like the third-pound burgers, a popular choice—even for breakfast. Tie off your boat at Bob’s guest dock or stroll in through the front door. Either way, Bob’s is a fun, laidback place to shake a hangover or fuel up before a big day out on the Stockton Delta.
Located in Stockton’s upscale Lincoln Center, Market Tavern serves up healthy, organic farm-to-table brunch food with local-style flair. Explore unique twists on traditional plates with additions of kale and quinoa in unlikely combinations. The restaurant also includes a bakery with fresh breakfast donuts, muffins, scones and cornbread available for a quick bite on the go. Plus, you’ll find fresh produce, meats and other specialty foods from inside the grab-and-go market. And did we mention the Bloody Marys? Market Tavern has half a dozen blends of this brunch-time classic. Enjoy brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This unassuming restaurant inside the Village at Weber Ranch strip mall is the real deal when it comes to brunch. Like the name suggests, American Waffle Diner is a no-gimmick diner serving real food for real people, seven days a week. The plates are large and stacked high with good stuff like thick-cut home fries, fried breakfast sausages and, of course, waffles as big as your head. The chicken and waffles here are a house specialty and the best you’ll find in Stockton. Stay a while and enjoy your meal at this casual restaurant, or take it to go.
For one of the earliest morning bites you can get in Stockton, head over to Duck Nook, another unassuming breakfast joint serving up American-style classics. Service begins at 6:30 a.m. sharp and plates at Duck Nook are typically less than $10, so you’ll get a great value for the day’s most important meal. Try the country-fried steak and the house made home fries and gravy.
Since opening in 2016, Cast Iron Trading Co. has become a staple in downtown Stockton’s brunch scene. Located in the historic Belding Building, the café offers a unique Sunday brunch flair to patrons — you can’t go past their hearty seasonal breakfast menu. This comfortably hip hot spot offers plates like breakfast burritos, avocado toast, totchos, and chicken and waffles, among others. It’s usually busy, but the line to order moves quickly, so don’t delay in choosing what to eat.
Be sure to contact them first, as their brunch specials occur on specific days - (209) 227-8585
Heirloom Kitchen is serving up some tasty, hearty brunch options for us to indulge in. Blending their family recipes with local, seasonal, fresh ingredients, their dishes carry delicious cuisine with Stockton flavor. Coming hot off the grill are plates like Risky Biscuits & Gravy, Seasonal French Toast, Fall Hash, Buttermilk Griddle Cakes, and the Breakfast Skillet. Pair either of these with an HK Mimosa and your brunch party is a success!
You can always count on some tasty goodness coming from The Kitchen at Stonebrier. With a lineup that includes a grilled breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, corned beef hash, buttermilk biscuits & gravy, and a Monte Cristo, you can't go wrong at this spot. On top of that, they have some specialty drinks to add to your meal. A brunch that includes mimosas, margaritas, an old fashion, a Stonebrier Manhattan, or a classic mule is definitely a bright spot for your Sunday.
Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrées are standard over at Bud's Seafood Grille at Lincoln Center. On top of all that, they are serving some fantastic brunch dishes for you on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. Offering up delicious favorites like Crab Cake Benedict, San Francisco Sourdough French Toast, and Bud’s Benedict, there is no wrong choice here. Dive in and enjoy!
This delicious "Mexican kitchen" strives to present a creative take on classic Mexican dishes. Located at Lincoln Center, La Mesa also offers a yummy brunch menu for you to feast on. Their breakfast and brunch options include carnitas chilaquiles, chorizo breakfast burrito, and dungeness crab tostada. That's just some of the exquisite cultural cuisine you'll find here for brunch.
A local favorite, Sam's Café specializes in providing big meals at small prices. Located on Stockton's Miracle Mile, Sam's will serve you any classic diner food you request plus some Chinese cuisine. And if you're looking for breakfast or brunch, Sam's won't let you down. However, you may have an issue moving once you're done, because these dishes are filling to say the least.
Make a trip downtown on a Saturday morning and stop by FED Restaurant for some delicious brunch options. Their menu is filled with late morning delights like chicken and waffles, country fried steak, French toast, steak & eggs, and so much more. Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm at FED will have your tastebuds dancing and possibly put you in food coma heaven.
Trust us, there’s no shortage of places to get your brunch on in Stockton. The hard part will be picking just one place to grub. Whether you’re satisfying early-morning cravings, curing late-night symptoms or just looking for a fun place to start the day with friends, the Stockton food scene packs a punch when it comes to brunch.
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