Local residents que up as frequently as resort guests for the chance to have one of the most in-demand brunches in Napa Valley: Boon Fly Cafe at Carneros Resort and Spa.
The menu at Boon Fly Cafe is dominated by fare that is best described as gourmet home cooking, with the main draw for many morning diners being the Boon Fly doughnuts. They are made fresh in-house and served by the dozen because having a second (or third) is almost guaranteed once your teeth sink into that first ring of warm, fried dough.
Boon Fly Cafe’s brunch bites are served up seven days a week until mid-afternoon. So late risers can still smash a plate of green eggs and ham or a triple stack of griddle cakes, even if wandering in for a table well past typical lunch hours. The California bagel is another savory nibble that hits the spot any time of day—since avocado, capers, pickled red onion, mixed greens and smoked salmon make a satisfactory combo when sandwiched in between the toasted halves.
However, the line of patrons waiting to be seated during the daytime is a non-issue during dinner service. Reservations usually must be made in advance because the wait list is long, especially during the peak tourism months in Napa Valley. And do not be detoured by the basic name of each dish. The dining experience that awaits is still one-of-a kind. Hot buttermilk biscuits is an appetizer that gets scarfed down the minute it hits the table. And the fried chicken comes served with smashed potatoes and braised greens—an entree which is the epitome of the phrase “finger-licking good.”
The cocktail list is equally dreamy so round out the meal by toasting with a Chandon Garden Spritz and a Lavender Breeze, two drinks expertly crafted to mesmerize you with flavor plus produce a subtle buzz. Yet another reason why returning to Boon Fly Cafe is rarely ever a question of if or when–but simply a matter of time.
Boon Fly Cafe is open daily for brunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.boonflycafe.com.
4048 Sonoma Hwy.
Napa, CA 94559