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Boon Fly Cafe at the Carneros Inn - Napa Valley, CA

A great little breakfast place for a quick bite.


Restaurant Category : American (Traditional), Breakfast/Brunch

The Boon Fly Cafe at Carneros Inn - Located in CA, The Boon Fly Café was one of the many restaurants in Napa that we set out to explore. With a local repute of being one of the best places for breakfast, The Boon Fly Café is known for its great food. Named after a Carneros pioneer who was called Boon Fly, the café pays tribute to this person who planted orchards and vineyards in the mid-1800s. With a rustic charm about it, The Boon Fly Café is regarded as a place to mingle and get to know the local crowd who hang out there for its famed Boon Fly doughnuts.

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The First Impression: We set out to The Boon Fly Café during one of the days we stayed at the Carneros Inn at Napa. There is a feeling of walking into a big warehouse when you enter the The Boon Fly Café. There is often a crowd here for the breakfast and a weekend rush that you need to prepare for if you plan to eat out here.

Décor and Ambience: The décor and ambience was very basic with no frills and fancies. Comfortable chairs and tables set to meet basic requirements, walls that were bare and exuded a charm of an old-fashioned haunt for a get-together for a bite of good home-style breakfast; The Boon Fly Café was all about the bare necessities done with a rustic charm.

The Food: Having heard so much about the great breakfast The Boon Fly Café served, we were all agog with excitement. I ordered the Breakfast Flatbread with 2 fried eggs, bacon, caramelized onions and mozzarella. The quantities made no attempt to cut-edges and were generous in portions. My dish was extremely satisfying to my taste buds and my stomach thanked me for the portion fed in. The egg was done perfectly right with the bacon cooked well and not over crispy. My dining partner ordered Chilaquiles, scrambled eggs, home-made chorizo beans, cheddar cheese, salsa verde and Pico de Gallo; an authentic Southwestern breakfast, large in portion. But it wasn’t as good in terms of taste and texture of the dish as compared to what I had ordered.

The Boon Fly doughnuts at the Boon Fly Café deem a special mention. Ordering just loads of the delicious, soft, savory and perfectly textured doughnuts would have been a satisfying breakfast. Besides the breakfast menu, the also had a mid-day menu with light eats such as the Beer Battered Sweet Onion Rings, soups, sandwiches, burgers, salads etc, an interesting brunch menu, a lunch menu offering starters, salads, flat breads and mains, a dinner menu offering meals slightly more heavy and a separate dessert menu. They also had a wine list that offered quite a nice selection of local and other wines.

The Calculated Impression: The Boon Fly Café did offer us some good food at reasonable prices. But it missed out on favors by its average service and mediocre décor and ambience. The quality of food was not as great as we expected, though the doughnuts proved to be a notable factor. It is a good place for a quick breakfast, but not really for a relaxing meal.

What I liked: The amazing Boon Fly doughnuts and the big portions of the food served.

What I didn’t like: The mediocre interiors, ambience and service.

Rating: Between Bombastic and Not.

Address and Telephone number:
The Boon Fly Café – The Carneros Inn
4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, CA 94559
Tel: (707) 299-4870

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