Who doesn’t love breakfast?! It’s the one meal that many of us eat at all hours of the day. Brunches have also grown very popular. And you know you’ve made “breakfast dinner” more often than you’d like to admit—long after the kids have left the nest. Let’s not forget that even cereal is a favorite late-night snack!
Whether you love pancakes, omelets, traditional eggs and bacon, a breakfast burrito, or spicy chilaquiles, read below to find some of the very best places for breakfast in Gilroy. We have so many tasty breakfast spots, you’ll need to book a weekend getaway just to try as many as you can!
Breakfast is a new addition to the menu at BBQ 152. Having already established themselves as a great stop for all things BBQ, this popular spot in Gilroy is drawing in customers in the morning hours with their quick, hearty breakfast tacos and breakfast sandwiches.
Enjoy the breakfast taco in a flour tortilla, with your choice of meat—pork, brisket, or tri-tip, plus eggs, either scrambled or over easy, with salsa ranchera, all topped with jalapeños.
If you prefer a breakfast sandwich, it comes with your choice of pork or brisket with two eggs, melted American cheese, and optional toppings: homemade pickled jalapeños, onions, and cucumbers. All of this comes sandwiched inside Angel Biscuits, which are made from scratch.
Whether you choose to enjoy your breakfast items in their fun outdoor dining space or grab a quick breakfast to go, BBQ 152 has tasty options for your morning meal!
8295 Monterey St., Gilroy | 408.842.4499 | www.bbq152.com
Breakfast daily from 7-11 a.m.
Garlic City Café
This favorite local restaurant in downtown Gilroy is a “must-eat” for out-of-town visitors. Just like the name implies, you’ll find wonderful garlic dishes on the menu for all meals of the day—even for breakfast! The Garlic City Omelet, Italian Sausage Omelet, and Portobello Mushroom and Garlic Omelet all contain garlic, along with the Chicken-Fried Steak and Eggs.
Garlic City Café also has plenty of other delicious breakfast meals, from savory scrambles to hearty classics (like the Cowboy Steak and Eggs). They serve up a whole list of omelets (the Cancun Omelet has bay shrimp and crab) and a variety of Eggs Benedict.
For those with a sweet tooth, select from the waffles, pancakes, and French toast (try the Stuffed French toast filled with cream cheese). Your only difficulty at Garlic City Café will be in choosing what you want for breakfast!
Cowboy Steak & Eggs
7461 Monterey St., Gilroy | 408.847.7744 | www.garliccitycafe.com
Breakfast: Tues.-Sun.: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.(Closed Mondays)
Los Cuates Restaurant Seafood & Bar
Los Cuates is a family-friendly traditional Mexican restaurant that serves high-quality, authentic Mexican food with a variety of dishes for all taste buds. Brunch is served daily, with a special Mariachi brunch on Sundays that requires reservations.
Choose from a variety of delicious brunch options, including chilaquiles with your choice of red, green, spicy red, or mole sauce, menudo, birria, pancakes, French toast, New York steak and eggs, and more. They have a variety of breakfast cocktails, too, including Mega Mimosas!
Steak & Eggs
7950 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy | 408.767.2166 | www.loscuatesrestaurantgilroy.com
Breakfast: Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sun: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with reservation (call or make online)
One of Gilroy’s not-so-secret anymore favorite local breakfast places is O.D.’s Kitchen in downtown Gilroy. They are well-known for their “Kitchen Sink”–a mixture of fried potatoes with diced ham, bell peppers, onions, sauteed together cheddar cheese and 2 eggs on top, with a choice of toast. For a twist on the “Kitchen Sink,” try the “Rosebud,” which is the “Kitchen Sink” with a diced biscuit mixed in and smothered in O.D.’s homemade gravy. If you can’t handle a whole serving of either of those, you can order a “1/2 Kitchen Sink” or a “1/2 Rosebud.” If you want to go big or go home, opt for the “F.B.D.”–a “Kitchen Sink” with a diced biscuit and a country fried steak, all smothered in their gravy.
The Kitchen Sink
O.D.’s has a full breakfast menu (and lunch) as well. They have omelettes, pancakes, including chocolate chip pancakes–perfect for kids of all ages, French toast, biscuits and gravy, and hearty options like Ribeye steak, country fried steaks, pork chops, and more. For some spicier options, try O.D.’s Santa Fe Omelette, with green chiles, green onions, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and jack cheese or try their tasty chilaquiles. The kids’ menu has fun options, too, like the Mickey combo with a Mickey Mouse pancake.
Be sure to check for seasonal specials, such as berry or caramel pecan French toast. Also, weekend specials include fantastic options such as a variety of Eggs Benedict–with additions of salmon, grilled jalapenos, or veggies–with O.D.’s own homemade hollandaise sauce.
Keep in mind, this place that is popular with locals and can have a wait time on the weekends (and sometimes even a busy weekday morning), so plan to arrive early or be willing to wait. But don’t worry, it will be worth it!
28 Martin St., Gilroy | 408.847.3818 | O.D.’s Kitchen
Breakfast: Open daily 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Old City Hall Restaurant
This restaurant is inside downtown Gilroy’s grandest and most iconic landmark building, the old city hall. Not only does it have a historically significant past as a fire station and as the city’s police station and city hall, but it even has restrooms in the old jail cells.
You may be drawn in by the intriguing architecture and history, but the food will be your favorite part. Old City Hall has mastered the classics—such as omelets, chicken fried steak and eggs, along with pancakes and waffles.
Old City Hall also has some unique specialties on their breakfast menu, such as the City Hall Omelet (with Gilroy’s signature garlic and spinach, local tomatoes, and feta cheese) and Edgar’s Bread Pudding French Toast.
For a spicier option, try the Chilaquiles Skillet or the Spanish Omelet, with chorizo, jalapeños, and Spanish sauce. You can also add a morning cocktail to your breakfast. Whatever you choose here, you can’t go wrong.
Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs
Old City Hall Waffle Combo
7400 Monterey St., Gilroy | 408.842.3454 | www.oldcityhall.biz
Breakfast daily from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Papas & Eggs
This newer Gilroy establishment may be small, but it’s big on delicious food! The house specialty is Eggs Benedict, and they make a variety of these with spinach and fresh tomato, Canadian bacon, smoked salmon, steak, or portobello mushrooms.
They also offer a variety of omelets, burritos (including chorizo or veggie), Nutella French toast or pancakes, and unique apple coconut pancakes and pecan waffles. Papas & Eggs also offers a gluten-free French toast.
For those who enjoy a little spice in the morning, try one of their three Chilaquiles—torta, green salsa, and red sauce.
Not only can you enjoy tasty breakfast dishes, but you can indulge in a breakfast michelada or mimosa—including a berry or mango one. Start your day with some delicious breakfast food (and drinks!) at Papas & Eggs!
Canadian Bacon Eggs Benedict
Nutella French Toast
565 First St., Gilroy | www.papasandeggs.com
Breakfast daily from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
A longtime Gilroy establishment, Sandy’s is a favorite place with locals and a pleasant surprise for visitors. Their hearty breakfast meals and their welcoming, casual environment make it the perfect place for conversation with family and friends.
At Sandy’s, try their specialty “Sandy’s Skillet.” This contains home fries with ham, tomato, onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms topped with cheddar cheese and two eggs—any style—with toast or a pancake. You can order this as a full or half skillet.
Other menu items range from traditional omelets and griddle items to gourmet waffles and several styles of Eggs Benedict. While most meals come with generous portions, they also have lighter menu options. With welcoming service and delicious food, you’ll want to come back to Sandy’s just like the regulars do!
Chicken Fried Steak
6120 Monterey Road, Gilroy | 408.842.7664 | https://sandyscafe.business.site
Breakfast daily from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Westside Grill a popular spot for any meal, and their breakfast (served on weekends only) is no exception. Their talented chefs and attentive staff specialize in making customers happy.
The breakfast menu includes a variety of omelets and scrambles and a long list of griddle options—from special fruity pancakes, waffles, and crepes to Brioche French Toast and Hershey’s chocolate pancakes. They also have some mouth-watering specialties, including Eggs Benedict, Chile Verde & Eggs, Biscuits & Gravy Deluxe, a Ribeye Steak & Eggs, and more.
You can wash all this fantastic food down with one of Westside Grill’s Sunrise Cocktails, ranging from a Bailey’s Coffee to a Mimosa Sunrise or a Raging Bull.
Fresh Fruit Crepes
Meat Lovers Scramble
8080 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy | 408.847.3800 | www.thewestsidegrill.com
Breakfast: Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gilroy has many more great restaurants, including a whole list of our local Mexican restaurants along the Gilroy Taco Trail and restaurants that serve special garlic dishes on our Road to Garlic. While you’re here in Gilroy to eat, don’t forget that we have so much else to enjoy, too. Check out our list of 33 Things to Do In and Around Gilroy for inspiration!
For your stay, book budget-friendly accommodations. Plan a stop at our California Welcome Center Gilroy located in the Gilroy Premium Outlets (near Forever 21) to get information from our helpful staff on other things to do in the area and to pick up some fun Gilroy souvenirs. We can’t wait to welcome you to Gilroy!