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“Sometimes old-time is better left in memory” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Home Style Cafe

Home Style Cafe
Ranked #22 of 84 Restaurants in Fort Bragg
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
United States
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72 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Sometimes old-time is better left in memory”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Home Style Cafe presents itself as a kind of throwback to home cookin and in-the-day breakfast cafes. And it fulfills the promise if your mom was a kind of careless cook whose mind was often on other things--like watching her daytime soap.

My two basic tests of a retro cafe are the coffee and the biscuits and gravy. Coffee at Homestyle is dismal--a cheap resaurant blend with little flavor but plenty of acidity--though served very hot and plentifully. Your cup will be refilled if it has suffered the slightest evaporation.

Biscuits are plenty good but the sausage gravy is close to inedible and indigestible. Minute specks of what might be sausage (or some other textureless byproduct?) are suspended in a glutinous white gravy that would better serve as drywall paste. Unlike the boiling coffee, the gravy is presented lukewarm. Why, I don't know.

Other basic bacon & eggs breakfasts are more successful but no more imaginative. Portions are huge, but a lonely parsley sprig on the platter pretty much sums up the chef's creativity. The fancier and pricier omelet items are disappointing and best avoided.

Table service is mostly from highly experienced good ol gals who are very friendly and helpful, but often distracted by conversation with friends at other tables or personal discussion of health and family issues with other servers. This can be charming or annoying, depending on your mood. If you are in a hurry, Homestyle is probably not the place for you. For me, the service is really the best feature of the place--a kind of low-cost floor show.

Overall, Homestyle offers pretty good value if what you want is a belly-filling breakfast and aren't too fussy about the coffee. I just wish they would fire the grill cook and hire someone who knows how to fry an egg (and make a gravy!)

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Davis, California
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137 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Cinco De Mayo Breakfast Feast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

During a weekend visit to Fort Bragg, we decided to give the Home Style Cafe a try. The reviews were overall good on my internet searches. It is always funny to read reviews of restaurants in small towns. Several people saying how one place or another are the best in town. I can't tell you which place is the best, but I can tell you that the Home Syle Cafe is very good.

The restaurant is an older style "A" Framed building in front of a hotel. As we walked in, we were greeted by one of three ladies working the register and serving food. We were promplty seated, as it was not terribly busy at 11:30 AM on a Saturday (May 5th). The waitress took the time necessary to explain our choices. There are specials listed on a grease board on the wall. We both ordered the daily breakfast special, which was the Cinco De Mayo Special breakfast. My wife ordered her's as an omelet with pancakes, and I ordered mine all scambled together, with country potatoes and biscuits.

The food came fairly quickly and was filled with tortilla strips, churiso, scambled eggs, and country potatoes. The two biscuits I got were very good. A little bit of berry preserves made them great. My wife loved the buttermilk pancakes. The meal was very good, and full of flavor.

If you are looking for a a nice, filling, tasty breakfast in Fort Bragg, I would recommend trying the Home Style Cafe.

Enjoy!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jim G
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bay area, ca
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147 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good hearty breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

Like the previous reviewer noted- this place offers good basic breakfast. The service is prompt and they make sure your coffee cup is never empty. I ordered the french toast and my husband ordered the crab/cheese omelet. We were both happy with our order. This is the second time we've been here (we try to visit Fort Bragg once or twice a year).

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank liberrygal
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California
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126 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good basic food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

This place is a reasonably priced spot for a good hearty breakfast. Enjoy the biscuits!

Visited March 2012
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Thank chat89
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Schnecksville PA
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Good Breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

Have been to this place two or three times for breakfast and it's always very good. Price is right, too.

Visited September 2011
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