4048 Sonoma Highway / Napa / 707-299-4870
Category: American Grill
Specialty – Weekend Brunch
Daily: 7am-11am B Mon – Fri / 11am-3pm L / 5pm-9pm D and on Sat & Sun
7am-3pm Brunch Sat – Sun / 3pm-5pm Snacks Mon – Sun
Reservations: D only.
**** 11/12/11 $$-$$$ Famous Boon Fly Donuts!
Perfect location to stop for a meal before or after a day of wine tasting and touring. Easy in, easy out. Right on the Carneros Highway where Highways 12 and 121 join briefly between Napa and Sonoma. The restaurant is located directly below the luxury resort, Carneros Inn. Folks staying at the inn have the added benefit of being able to order room service from Boon Fly Cafe. Fortunate are they!
We were out for a drive and stopped in for Brunch on a Saturday. With limited seating and a small bar, we had to wait standing. Not an inconvenience when you can sip on a “Hickory Smoked Bacon Bloody Mary” while you wait. Practically a meal in a glass. We were seated well under the 20-minute time given by the hostess.
This place is small, but cleverly laid out. Architecturally, it is a cross between Industrial/Minimalist and Country Chic, with zinc topped wooden tables, silver-painted I-beams and open HVAC, combined with wainscoting on the walls and two-tone, hi-back leather benches running along 3 walls. Staff were pleasant and attentive. Old-fashioned glass water bottles with rubber stoppers are brought to each table so you can serve yourself. A plus if you drink a lot of water, no waiting for refills.
On the menu I spotted a starter that sounded too good to pass up. “Famous Boon Fly Donuts”. An order of 4 came with a cuppa Joe. Now we’re talkin’. Served warm, these little jewels arrived in a tin container lined with parchment paper and dusted with powdered sugar. OMG good. Reminiscent of Beignets and Chicory coffee served at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. The Big Easy meets Wine Country.
Entrees ordered: Ohlone Smoked Salmon Flatbread with fromage blanc, red onions, parmesan and creme fraiche, and BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with coleslaw served on a house-made brioche poppy-seed bun with your choice of baby greens or fries. Both dishes came out together, no waiting. Points on service. Now the meal. I love flatbread. Boon Fly Cafe offers four different ways to enjoy this bread/pizza with or without meat, so vegetarians are welcome here. The Ohlone Smoked Salmon flatbread was absolutely delicious. Enough to share but why? Get your own…..LOL. Hubby’s sando was very good….I am not a pulled pork kinda gal so I will have to take his word for this. And, if you follow our lunch adventures you will see a pattern. If pulled pork is on the menu, he’s all over it. I defer to his expertise.
Overall, this is a restaurant I would return to and one I highly recommend. With their varied hours it’s easy for passers-by to stop in and have a small bite and a glass of wine even when it’s between lunch and dinner time hours. Enjoy.