Fans of Dierk's always-crowded Parkside location now have another option for top-notch breakfast at decent prices. Dierk's Midtown Cafe (1422 Fourth St., Santa Rosa) is now open for breakfast and lunch.
As the buzz hasn't caught on yet, it's a good time to get Dierk's thick bacon, poached eggs or goat cheese in any of the breakfast dishes without having to elbow for position in line. Plus, the jam on each table is as good as ever, and there can never be too much on a slab of toast. Think of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, swishing around his knife on the White Rabbit's pocket watch, getting jam everywhere. Now imagine that watch as a piece of toast about to enter your mouth. That's my kind of toast.
Dierk's occupies what was for years the now-closed Paolo's Ravioli Deli, whose ravioli was well-liked—but fear not, local ravioli lovers. Canevari's Deli on Lewis Road, open since 1932, is making its famous ravioli available in grocery stores for the first time in its history. G&G Supermarket has it now; watch for other stores to pick it up soon.