They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what if it takes place later, at a leisurely pace, and involves a bubbly beverage? Surely that’s important too. Whether you’re seeking breakfast or brunch, Pacific Grove—Monterey County’s Butterfly Town, USA—offers ample opportunity for both. There are no fewer than four spots to enjoy benedicts, pancakes and more along the quaint downtown stretch of Lighthouse Avenue, plus a couple more further afield that help round out this list. Red House Cafe 662 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 643-1060, Housed in a bright red Victorian home originally built in 1895, the Red House is about as picturesque an environment for a cozy breakfast as one can imagine. The restaurant, which opened in 1996, serves all the brunch classics from benedicts and buttermilk pancakes to soups, salads and sandwiches on the savory side. With friendly, swift service and an inviting atmosphere, this house is a great place to start your day. Winston’s—A Brunch Place 602 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 324-4162, The newest addition to Pacific Grove’s breakfast and brunch lineup opened in January 2022 in the former Winston Hotel on Lighthouse. The restaurant is a light, bright jewel box of a space, with retro accents but decidedly modern clean lines. The breakfast menu covers its bases, from steel-cut oats (three different ways) to the always-popular eggs benedict. Other popular items 10 The Best of Monterey Bay ® EAT + DRINK 2023-2024 Rise and Shine Butterfly Town USA is home to breakfast and brunch spots for all occasions. By Tajha Chappellet-Lanier The Grill at Point Pinos Brunch Bunch Daniel Dreifuss