I can’t resist a classic diner and I knew after one glance at the pink and white striped building of the Butter Cream Bakery and Diner in Napa that I would have to stop in for breakfast. The bakery opened in 1948 as a donut shop and grew from there. Today, they have a great bakery that does everything from donuts to wedding cakes and a busy diner that is a favorite with many locals.
The staff at the diner is incredibly friendly, as are many of the regulars, and the whole place has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere. I couldn’t resist trying their breakfast menu, and ordered eggs, potato pancakes (offered as an alternative to hash browns) and freshly baked biscuits. Everything at the diner is made on site from scratch, too.
The biscuits are light and fluffy and the potato pancakes have a great savory flavor. I wouldn’t mind having those for brekafast more often! The diner also has all kinds of lunch specials – again, made from scratch on site – from chicken pot pie to classic burgers. Our server raved about the chicken pot pie and the homemade crust, but the fact that it came with a slice of homemade pie sealed the deal and we got one, too.
The chicken pot pie was creamy and absolutely full of chicken, with a light, tender crust that didn’t get soggy even under the weight of all that filling. The pie was also freshly baked, slightly warm and with a lot of cinnamon in the filling to set off the super tender apples. I wish that I had had a scoop of ice cream to go with the pie, but I don’t know if I would have been able to finish it because the portions were so generous.
Next time, I’ll get the peach cobbler – or whatever the daily special is – with a side of ice cream. I’ll probably also start out with the pie so that I have room for the whole thing, then move on top breakfast afterwards. The Napa Valley is known for great food and it’s always nice to see that you don’t need to go to a five star restaurant (or spend a fortune) to find it.
Butter Cream Bakery and Diner
2297 Jefferson St
Napa, CA 94559