When you’re looking for a new vacation destination, consider the beautiful Napa Valley. America’s most stately and attractive wine region contains an endless array of vineyards and resorts, each more beautiful than the next. Miles upon miles of beautiful green space surrounds the town, while trees line roadways and create an eclectic landscape that’s wholesome, cheerful, and rejuvenating. And that’s not all you have to look forward to; the early-morning cuisine is just as high class, too! The Calistoga Kitchen and the Buttercream Bakery just happen to be Napa Valley’s best-kept breakfast and brunch spots.
With a special focus on brunch, the Calistoga Kitchen offers an incredible atmosphere that’s warm, inviting, and like a little slice of home. Although the restaurant is well-attended, it isn’t overrun, either, so you can expect to find a peaceful corner for an intimate meal even if it’s early.
Calistoga’s menu is where they truly shine. Organic lovers will fall for the Housemade Granola–a combination of organic oats, coconut, almonds, sunflower seeds, and blueberries. Pair it with the French Toast and a mimosa to go all-out while staying healthy and filling at the same time.
Looking for something a bit more indulgent? The Calistoga understands. Order the duck egg and bacon sandwich; it’s served on a jalapeno roll for a spicy twist. The Huevos Rancheros is sublime, too, laden with rancho gordo beans, guacamole, roasted jalapeno, and farm-fresh eggs. Not into the spice? Just ask them to hold back the jalapeno; it’s still delicious!
This small and unassuming little bakery doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, but if you skip it, you’ll miss out on one of the best local treasures. Everything at Buttercream is hand-made right in the store by incredibly talented bakers. But that’s not where the fun stops; there’s a diner attached that serves the most delightful breakfasts and brunches. Stopping by for an early or mid-morning snack lets you experience both sides at the best possible time.
Unlike the Calistoga Kitchen, Buttercream nearly always has a crowd early in the morning. It’s the place to be if you want to experience Napa’s locals and tourists and get ingrained in the culture. Expect plenty of warm, friendly people and attentive staff who will do their best to keep you served among the throngs.
At Buttercream, you have options. Choose from hearty favorites like Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs or aim for something a bit “lighter” like the English Breakfast. One local favorite, the Cinnamon French Toast, comes with plenty of whipped cream and optional fruit. In traditional Americana style, you’ll also find timeless classics like Biscuits n’ Gravy and Country Scramble, too.
Considering what you’ll do once you make your Napa Valley reservations? This world-class location is home to wineries, vineyards, brunch spots, and an incredible array of local scenery. Whether you choose to wake up at the crack of dawn and stop at the Bakery for breakfast or you head out to picnic, there’s plenty to do and see. Most visitors fall so deeply in love with Napa that they find themselves returning to Napa year after year.