One unfortunate afternoon, I noticed the tire pressure light come on in my car. I went to my local gas station and filled up all four of my tires to pressure, but I noticed that one in particular was quite low. The light went away and I went about my business. That pesky light reared its ugly head the following morning and I couldn’t contain my irritation, so I stopped by a local tire shop to see if I had picked up a nail or something. Lo and behold, I had picked up a KEY!
So off to my local Costco I went to get my tire repaired (they have a 5 year road hazard warranty if you buy your tires there.) By the time I got there (7:05am), there were already 8 people in line! The attendant told me that it would likely be about 3 hours before they could service my car. What’s a girl to do at 7:30am?!
I was at the Tustin Marketplace and a lightbulb went off in my head. Wasn’t Snooze AM located nearby? All of a sudden, thoughts of piping hot coffee and a warm, satisfying breakfast permeated my mind and I walked the brisk 1/2 mile over to the restaurant, which was pretty empty when I arrived. I had read reviews that the wait times for Snooze are usually 1.5-2 hours long, but I was seated right away, so the major tip is – go early! The restaurant opens at 6:30am so despite the name, don’t snooze if you want to get seated immediately.
I loved the retro vibe and my server, Jessie, was an absolutely sweetheart and the ultimate salesperson. While I have a love of Eggs Benedict, she convinced me to not only satisfy my benedict craving, but also get a “flight-sized” upsell of their pancake of the day, Strawberry Fields Forever. Something about fresh strawberries, sugar cookie pieces, Marscapone had me sold!
I opted for the “Benny Duo” – because I am indecisive and couldn’t choose between their Ham Benedict III (signature English muffin topped with shaved hickory smoked ham, perfectly poached cage free eggs and smoked cheddar hollandaise) or their Bella! Bella! Benny (thin slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese, and perfectly poached eggs on toasted ciabatta, topped with cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze and arugula.) So I got BOTH! Boom!
When Jessie brought my plates, I was so hungry and it all looked so good. The “flight-sized” pancake is still quite a decent portion of food and I think I may have overdone it as a party of one. I really enjoyed the Bella! Bella! Benny, with the arugula served on the side like a salad rather than on the actual Benedict.
They kept my coffee piping hot and by 8:30am, Snooze AM became abuzz with excitement as I noticed more and more tables being filled and more patrons waiting outside, taking advantage of the free coffee that they offer guests in bright orange mugs. For guests inside, you get yellow mugs.
This is definitely a place I plan to return to, despite the pricing for brunch to be a bit higher than I’m used to at some of the local mom and pop shops. I can never say no to a good brunch and Snooze AM had me sold.