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Napa - Boon Fly Café for Breakfast – Hot donuts

rworange | Sep 3, 200502:26 AM

Made to order hot cake donuts dusted with sugar and cinnamon can be ordered with coffee ($4) or by the dozen ($5). They are excellent hot from the fryer, but not bad micro-waved. They lose a little cakey-ness cold or reheated.

They are little tiny donuts, about one third the size of a regular donut, but bigger than those small packaged Hostess donuts. There are 4 donuts that come with coffee. Ordered without coffee they are $2.

Other than the donuts, the best items were the ones I didn’t order. I asked to substitute the house-made poppy seed bagel for toast. It was the most American bagel I’ve ever tried. It really was toast in a bagel shape. It made Sara Lee bagels seem like something made by a Jewish grand mother.

Farmer Ira's Frittata, a large slice that was deeply browned on the bottom with some summer squash, zucchini, Yukon Gold potatoes, Hobb's Calabrese Sausage, and Bravo Cheddar Cheese and topped with a sour cream texture sauce of green onions, and cream cheese. It had a light texture, only slightly denser than a soufflé. I’m not sure if it was cooling down after being baked or was not heated thoroughly. It was, at any rate, luke-warm. The coffee was only so-so, but I like a stronger roast.

“How is that?” asked the couple next to me. “Eh”, I said. We chatted occasionally and it turns out they eat there weekly since it opened. The wife always ordered the same thing.

Two eggs over easy with hash browns, toast, and Hobb's Applewood Smoked Bacon. The wife said to the server after finishing, “I just wanted to lick the plate”. No kidding. I wanted to lick her plate. It was the most delicious looking version I’ve seen of this simple breakfast, the eggs slightly browned (I love them this way) with two thick pieces of house made toast. The wife said the hash browns were some of the best she’s ever had and gave advice to order the thick bacon slices not too crispy.

They said that for lunch or dinner the BLT or the French Onion Soup were outstanding, especially the onion soup. Michael Bauer in the link to the review below says the onion soup is excellent.

The woman on the other side had the bagel sandwich with a thick piece of Hobb’s ham. It looked good too as long as you are not expecting a bagel texture. The sandwich is very big.

The resort and restaurant is owned by the Plumpjack Group. It is a little down the road from Route 29 where you take a turn onto route 12 to go to Sonoma.

The service was good and not like described by Bauet in this recent review:

There is an open kitchen with a stone oven surrounded by a corrugated metal silo. There is a bar seating to one side and a small dining room on the other. There are some racks by the door holding newspapers. In the morning there are no tablecloths, just wooden tables.

Bauer perfectly described the restaurant itself:

“From the outside, the cafe looks like a stylized red barn, with swings and rocking chairs lining the porch. Inside, the feel is modern and sleek, with metal support beams painted silver, high ceilings and corrugated metal accents. The hard edges are softened by draperies made from old-fashioned blue mattress ticking.”

On my visit there was even a fly buzzing around. Wonder if it was for atmosphere?

I’ll probably go back some day to try those eggs or the onion soup for lunch. Here’s a link to the menu on the website. It is kept current.


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