Local eateries step up to the breakfast plate


The recent closing of We Three Bakery and Restaurant left a void for those looking for their first meal of the day in Three Rivers. For as long as anyone can remember, there has always been a roadside eatery or two where locals and visitors alike could congregate while partaking in a traditional down-home breakfast. 

Way back in the 20th century, there was Noisy Water Café. It was a destination breakfast spot where lots of folks came up from the Valley and joined the local crowd to start their day with a rib-sticking breakfast special.

For the past three decades, the majority of the breakfast bunch started their day at We Three with a fresh sticky bun, bear claw, or other freshly made baked good; or perhaps eggs cooked your way with some signature hash browns and home-style potatoes on the side; or the meatless version of breakfast with a tofu scramble or tofu enchiladas.

With We Three now shuttered, there are several new morning options, thanks to some of the lunch and dinner places that have extended their morning hours. 

Gateway Restaurant and Lodge not only has fine dining overlooking the river but the crew is now serving full breakfast starting at 8 a.m. every day except Wednesday; Sunday is reserved for champagne brunch.

Totem Market and Gifts, just down canyon from the Gateway, now opens at 7 a.m. They, too, are catering to the breakfast crowd, serving an array of breakfast items including Eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, poached eggs, quiche, oatmeal, and a breakfast burrito.

“With our new dining and tasting room, we can accommodate group breakfasts too,” said owner Greg Lockhart.    

Antoinette’s Coffee and Goodies opens at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays (7 a.m. weekends) and is located adjacent to Three Rivers Market. Stop in for fresh baked muffins and pastries that complement the gourmet coffee selections. They also serve breakfast burritos, fruit plates, yogurt, granola, and specialty items.

Cider Mill Restaurant, open daily at 8 a.m., is located near the west end of Three Rivers and serves full breakfast. For a spicier wake-up call that will warm you from the inside out, try the huevos rancheros or any of a number of the traditional Mexican entrees featured on the breakfast menu.

Casa Mendoza is open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and say they will serve breakfast items anytime as a part of their regular menu.

Ol’ Buckaroo serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

For those commuting down the hill who need a fresh, fast start to their day, call ahead to Blake and Amy’s Om Nom Nom Café located across from the Woodlake turnoff. They open daily at 8 a.m. and can supercharge your day with an espresso, a freshly baked pastry or cookie, or one of Blake’s special breakfast burritos.

Woodlake has some great options too. El Charro, just south of the four-way stop, opens daily at 6 a.m. and is busy every day of the week. There’s a reason that place is so popular; it’s because of the fresh, cooked-to-order breakfast and the dozens of Mexican specialties too.

Dora’s Restaurant, located on Antelope Avenue just behind Valero’s Towing, has arguably the hottest and best huevos rancheros in town. They open at 6 a.m. daily and cater to Woodlake’s working folks and parents dropping their students at the nearby schools.

No list of morning eateries would be complete without a mention of Super Taco. They open at 8 a.m. and feature an array of breakfast items. At Armando’s place, it’s all about the salsa and there are pints to go always available from the market adjacent to the restaurant.


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