One of the best things about the weekend is sleeping in and still being able to order breakfast :) A favorite local destination of mine for brunch is Plums Cafe, a cute little bakery/cafe/caterer tucked in a small plaza in Costa Mesa.
Most of the items on the menu are traditional but with a few contemporary twists. Most of the dishes are served with their multigrain fresh toast and Plums potatoes.
Alderwood Smoked Salmon Hash
This is definitely one of my favorite dishes there! The yolks of the poached eggs oozed all over the potato, red onion, bell pepper hash which was complemented by the smoky salty salmon ... mmm. The yellow and red bell peppers along with the sauteed onions were sweet, complementing the saltiness of the salmon. The hallondaise sauce was mild and creamy, but not too rich. So glad I ordered this!
French Rolled Omelette
This is really just a sophisticated name for mushroom omelette. Nevertheless, as I said before, there are some twists to the traditional brunch items at Plums. This omelette was a trio of mushrooms (chantarelles, shiitake, and something else I can't remember) cooked in white wine... adding to the flavor and aroma of the dish. The Plums potatoes were simply roasted rosemary scalloped potatoes that were hearty but nothing special. I thought the eggs were a tad bit overcooked, but if you're a mushroom lover, this dish will not disappoint.
It's really pleasant to find a neighborhood gem in a town like the OC where it's infested with every chain store and restaurant known to man. Whether you're in your early 20s who's recuperating from a late night out or you're retired and want to simply read your paper over some great eggs and toast, Plums is a local spot for anyone of any age.
369 E. 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627