Napa Valley’s 9 Best Breakfast Spots

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A visit to the Napa Valley isn’t complete without a few meals while out and about. When it comes to choosing where to grab that first bite for the day, visitors will find plenty of enticing options; let’s shine a spotlight on the tastiest spots to stop for the most important meal.

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Restaurants / Napa

Boon Fly Café

Boon Fly Cafe at Carneros Resort and Spa makes for a sumptuous breakfast stop before a day of wine tasting in the Carneros appellation. This casual-contemporary roadhouse attracts regulars and travellers alike who are drawn to the fresh fare and bright, lively location. Comforting farm-to-table favorites are offered─try the Poppa Joe’s eggs in a hole or the chicken and waffles, as well as inventive California cuisine such as the smoked salmon flatbread. A visit to the Boon Fly would not be complete without an order of their “world-famous” mini cinnamon sugar donuts.

Insider Tip

The cocktails are fabulous, so if you’d like to start early, plan on getting a spicy bacon Bloody Mary or a seasonal mimosa.

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Restaurants / Napa

Jax White Mule Diner

After opening in 2014, Jax White Mule Diner quickly won over breakfast enthusiasts in the town of Napa. At Jax, the food is sourced locally and the menu changes seasonally, and a relaxed air compliments offerings on the all-day breakfast menu. The diner walls are lined with neat rows of small tables, while a community table takes center stage. Diners keep coming back for the playfully named entrees (“How Do You Like Them Omelettes”), as well as the old-school favorites like chicken-fried chicken and good ol’ tater tots. For those seeking a lighter option, try the Jax Lalanne─nonfat Greek yogurt served with seasonal fruit and housemade granola.

Insider Tip

Order their signature beignets for a sweet, shareable starter.

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Restaurants / Napa

Butter Cream Bakery

Butter Cream Bakery and Diner has been open for business for 65 years, and for good reason. This down-to-earth favorite is a low-key option for anyone seeking fabulous pastries, as well as heartier breakfast fare. Expect all the classics, like sausage and eggs, Denver omelets, and fluffy stacks of blueberry pancakes. If you’ve only got time for a quick treat, take some of the fresh donuts to go─the delectable maple bars, with crispy bacon on top, are simply sinful.

Insider Tip

This is a bustling spot for breakfast, so expect a wait during peak times, and plan to arrive early: there’s often a line out the door.

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Restaurants / Napa

Napa General Store

Situated on the Napa Riverfront, Napa General Store offers visitors a taste of the down-home charm and fresh, locally-sourced food for which the Napa Valley is known. Part of the historic Napa Mill complex, Napa General Store includes a cafe, wine tasting bar, and gift shop housed within one large, converted space. The rustic ambiance extends to the shaded outdoor patio, which offers scenic views of the Napa River. The menu focuses on local ingredients, and keeps in mind current health trends; consider a dish featuring farm-fresh eggs, like the paleo scramble, or go for something a little more unusual like the hardwood-smoked salmon flatbread.

Insider Tip

Browse the namesake store for Wine Country keepsakes like furniture and decorative arts made from retired wine barrel staves: think adirondack deck chairs, cork purses, and Lazy Susans made from barrel lids.

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Restaurants / Calistoga

Sam’s Social Club

A welcome addition to Calistoga’s Indian Springs property, Sam’s Social Club opened in 2015. This airy, modern, New-American restaurant boasts an expansive outdoor dining area, where visitors enjoy fire pits, a geyser-fed fountain, and the scenery at the foot of Mount Lincoln. The seasonal menu features rustic cuisine and changes daily: recent favorites have included upscale and inventive twists on classic breakfast dishes like a mushroom and corn scramble served with chives, black truffle oil, and piave cheese. Even the eggs in a hole is elevated: served on parmesan crusted house-brioche with mushroom fondue and arugula, it’s one-of-a-kind satisfaction.

Insider Tip

Save room for dessert: namely, the fabulous housemade churros served with dulce de leche ice cream.

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Restaurants / Calistoga

Calistoga Kitchen

A downtown Calistoga cafe with a focus on local food purveyors, Calistoga Kitchen is a charming spot to kick back (the garden patio is a must on weather-friendly days). The kitchen serves a menu of classics such as French toast and huevos rancheros, as well as uncommon offerings like a duck, egg, and bacon sandwich. For something really off the beaten path, try the smoked beef hash or Mexican cowboy omelet.

Insider Tip

Planning to sleep in? The Sunday Brunch menu is served from until 3 p.m.

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Restaurants / Calistoga

Calistoga Roastery

Whether it’s a grab-and-go morning, or there’s some time to sit back and read the paper, Calistoga Roastery is worth a visit. Warm and inviting, the shop doesn’t take itself too seriously. While known for their delicious, house-blended and fresh-roasted coffee, the roastery also bakes plenty of in-house pastries, including croissants, scones, and muffins. The egg sandwiches are yummy, and their bagels have become a favorite day-starter in this area. Pick up a bag of coffee beans to take home.

Insider Tip

Calistoga Roastery is friendly to those with dietary restrictions: certain coffee drinks can be ordered vegan, as they offer almond milk for their espresso drinks. They have a hefty menu of gluten-free pastries, as well.

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