The Greene Lily Café
307 Second St., Eureka
In 1925, a bartender in Paris topped a flute of Champagne with orange juice and, voila, the bubbly mimosa was born. Around the same era, Lillian Greene, a mother of 13, surely knew how to flip an omelet. Yet, she dreamed of opening an eponymous speakeasy — perhaps someplace quiet where she could enjoy a drink. In 2015, these two stories were forever mixed by Charity Desbrow, Greene's great-granddaughter and the owner of the Greene Lily Café in Old Town. Alongside hearty eggs Benedicts and fluffy French toast, Desbrow serves at least six flavors of mimosas, plus seasonal options like watermelon and dragon fruit. Reasonably priced at $3.95 each, readers voted the Greene Lily the unrivaled queen of breakfast cocktails.