Boon Fly is a pretty great name don’t you think?
The Boon Fly Café‘s website says that its namesake was a Carneros Pioneer whose actual name was Boon Fly and he “had the vision to plant vineyards and orchards in the Carneros Region in the early 19th century on land that is now partially occupied by Bouchaine Vineyards.” Perhaps it was apropos that we ended up there for a Bay Area Brunch on Father’s Day since Mr. Fly had nine kids (!) of his own.
The restaurant looks like a barn with a cheery red exterior complete with porch swings and servers bustling inside attired in matching red and white checkered shirts. This is one of those brunch places where I’d go with a small party earlier in the morning since they don’t take reservations. Luckily, our hovering at the bar paid off and we only had to wait 10 minutes.
The menu informed us that the Bacon Bloody Mary is famous and contains “Smirnoff, Special Spice Blend, Tomato, Juice, Strip of Bacon, and Celery Salt Rim.” It was delicious, spicy with just the right amount of heat, and the strip of bacon was thick and crisp. It wasn’t very strong and a bit pricey at $11 a pop but an enjoyable splurge.
Per the friendly and attentive bartender’s recommendation, I ordered the Chilaquiles (Tortilla Chips, Tomato and Chipotle Salsa, Onion, Cilantro, Crema, Queso Fresco, Avocado, Two Over-Easy Eggs). This was a fantastic dish. Very hearty and flavorful with just enough heat to make my nose sweat. Greedy me wished there was a bit more avocado on the plate to smear over these decadent breakfast nachos.
J got the Poppa Joe’s Eggs in a Hole (Toasted Sourdough with Two Fried Eggs in the Center, Hash Browns, and Choice of Meat). He liked it fine but judging from the way he was eyeing my plate, I think he was experiencing some brunch envy. Guess we’ll just have to come back!
BOON FLY CAFE
at The Carneros Inn
4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, CA 94559