That's no problem for folks staying at the Flamingo hotel across the street or for someone who gets a lift (lucky me), though at peak hours — breakfast, lunch, weekends, which is to say most of the time — you still might find yourself waiting a few minutes out front. Once past the door, precious few seats (not including mine) look down on the creek, but every table enjoys an expansive view of options like the "Brody" omelette ($8.95), plump with spinach, bacon, and sour cream, and accompanied by a cup of thick gravy loaded with slices of mushroom, a disk of superb hash browns, and two fat biscuits.
Hank's Creekside Restaurant
2800 4th St. (near Farmers Lane), Santa Rosa, California
Breakfast and lunch only