Small, rustic and "off the beaten path" are three ways to describe Village Cafe, located in Bishop, California. However, there are many better ways to describe this fine diner, like home-town, comfortable, unbelievably delicious food, and umbelievably friendly service to match.
As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: It's 7;15 Thursday morning, November 15, 2018, and I've hiked over to Village Cafe, located on the north side of Bishop, CA, and I'm ready to enjoy a delicious breakfast at this amazing diner. The restaurant is located "off the beaten track," which would be U.S. 395, as it's located on See Vee Lane. It's tucked away behind Astorga's Mexican Restaurant, and if you didn't know the cafe was there, you'd almost miss it.
Village Cafe is actually located on the Bishop Paiute Native American reservation, and the tribe's fine casino is located just a little to the north.
Photo: As you enter this friendly little restaurant, you'll notice a board with daily specials posted. The doorway to the right leads to the second dining room.
Photo: Upon my arrival, on this early Thursday morning in November, the restaurant was lightly seated, and I had the first dining room all to myself, so I positioned myself near the stove to enjoy the cheery warmth. Village Cafe has two dining rooms, separated by a room that seems to be used by the staff to store napkins and other dry goods.
Photo: One section of the breakfast menu, which is spiral bound; a nice touch as it lays flat on the table. The other side of the breakfast menu features Mexican dishes, which really grabbed my attention, but the "Cajun-Style Catfish" won out.
Photo: I took a peek out the window to the small patio, which wasn't being used, and decorated with November autumn leaves. The temperature was in the low 20's, so dining on the patio wouldn't be very appealing to me.
Photo: After placing my order, I wandered around the restaurant into the second, and somewhat larger dining room. At this early hour, the sitting gentleman and I were the only customers, but by the time I had finished my breakfast, the restaurant was filling up.
Village Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, as they close at 2 in the afternoon. I'm looking forward to returning for lunch to enjoy one of their burgers...
Photo: I took a peek inside the kitchen area - the kitchen is actually behind the wall - and surprised my friendly server, Esmeralda, who, as I took the photo, remarked "You got me" and laughed. I laughed too.
Photo: Each table includes hot sauce and ketchup, with salt and pepper. I'm a big fan of practically every variety of hot sauce, but when I see Colula, which is imported from Mexico, it really makes my heart happy, as it goes with just about anything.
Photo: Meet my amazingly friendly server, Esmeralda, who brings my order to my table with a smile. Esmeralda was friendly, a great conversationist, very efficient, and made me feel welcome, and treated me as a member of the family.
Photo: Thanks, Esmeralda, for snapping my photo, as I get ready to enjoy a great breakfast.
Photo: I carefully looked over the breakfast menu, especially the Mexican section, but I settled on "Cajun-Style Catfish," along with two eggs over easy, hash brown potatoes, and naturally when you're in Bishop, biscuit and gravy. You really don't see catfish on the breakfast menu very often in California restaurants, so I threw my hook into the water and went with catfish as the main course of my breakfast, and I'm glad I went this way.
Such an amazing breakfast! The catfish was perfectly cooked and so fall-off-the-fork tender that the knife was just window dressing. Delicious! The eggs, potatoes along with the biscuit and gravy were also cooked perfectly, and really complimented the amazing fried catfish.
Photo: The star of my breakfast: "Cajun-Style Catfish," eggs and potatoes. Quite a breakfast!
I can't think of a better way to begin a Thursday than to enjoy an amazing breakfast at Village Cafe, located in Bishop, CA. The food is delicious, the price is right and the staff is super friendly. Look to Village Cafe for a great Bishop breakfast!
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