Café Sonder has a farm-to-table ethos, a fierce dedication to making absolutely everything in-house (including roasting their own coffee), and a somewhat adventurous brunch menu.
roasting their own coffee), and a somewhat adventurous brunch menu that includes lunch items (Thai kale salad, for example, or oxtail-ragu pasta) along with more breakfasty options. Located in what was formerly the Zia Diner space, the restaurant has a sprawling footprint that includes a bar and a large dining room, making it a good bet for getting a table even on Mother’s Day (although they recommend reservations, of course). Traditionalists will be happy to find basics like their solidly zingy eggs Benedict with red-chile hollandaise, served on house-made English muffins with a fresh side salad, or steak and eggs with surprisingly tender flank steak and roasted potatoes decadently sprinkled with bacon. (Ask for a side of hollandaise, as this dish could use a sauce.)
The menu also includes more unusual items, like Café Sonder’s take on a smoked salmon and bagel dish — gravlax with capers, cream cheese, soft-boiled egg, and pickled green chile — or the Japanese ochazuke breakfast with onsen (soft-cooked) eggs, pickled daikon, and tofu on sticky rice with nori and shiitake. Their version of hash is a slightly Middle Eastern dish made with lamb, dates, and feta; and their French toast begins with house-made challah and is served with creamy mascarpone cheese. Café Sonder also has beer and wine and is offering mimosas for $8 as a special with their brunch — a good deal, as you get a sparkling wine split and refills of orange juice. — Tantri Wija