205 State Street
HOURS: 7:30AM - 3:00PM Mon-Sun
Bryan's Opinion: I can't begin to say enough great things about this place. It is everything a breakfast place should be and then some. First, a little history. Rick's Cafe came to Los Altos in 2008. It started as a breakfast and lunch place before trying a dinner menu. The dinner menu didn't take off so it's back to breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast is incredible and there are few places in the entire area that will even come close to the quality. A perfect example is their Denver Omelette which comes filled with tender ham, bell pepper, and onion all folded over in a half-pan shape that looks like it was carved out of egg. Covered with your choice of cheese, the flavors are balanced and hearty. You also get a side of hash browns that are cooked to just the right side of tender and seasoned well plus a bagel that gives the best in New York a run for their money. All that for about $11.
Lunch has the usual fare but the best is their burger. I'm not sure how they season it but it'll beat anything you've had at Red Robin and it's one of the best burgers in town. Los Altos has many fine restaurants offering great burgers. These are juicy, tasty, and cooked to perfection. You get all the usual condiments plus a small salad and the same tasty potatoes they serve with breakfast. Keep in mind that these are no ordinary has browns, in fact they're not even browned but really sauteed. Tasty!
One special feature they have that is truly unique is that they roast their own coffee on-site. No other breakfast place offers that and you can taste it in their brew.
The service is always warm and friendly with the owner usually there helping people get seated or taking care of the register. This relatively young addition to the Los Altos restaurant collection has proven to be wildly popular and will be busy at peak hours on the weekends and at lunch.