Carmel has a nice choice of breakfast spots (including a secret right-out-of-the-fryer beignet hidden doorway), but Café Katy is my go-to. Don’t linger in bed too, long, as it can get crowded, but the outside, crooked-planked deck, is the place to be. It is elbow to elbow seating, for only 5-6 tables’ worth of lucky people outside under heat lamps and shady pines, but the inside is a darling farmhouse kitsch, including little games they give to kids to bide time while awaiting food. It is a huge menu of typical and not-so typical breakfast items. Don’t miss the specials board! And if you like seafood, there is usually a shrimp (or similar) egg dish that is a lovely brunch fix.