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“Great little cafe!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bluebird Cafe

Bluebird Cafe
Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Hopland
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Diner
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great little cafe!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Great little cafe. Pleasant service - great food - fast service ...highly recommend !! We had a variety of food - all good.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
New York City, New York
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best Pies Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Home-baked variety of the best pies anywhere! this is a perfect stop between San Francisco and upstate CA. The pies have a flaky crust, juicy fresh fruit, and a delicate balance of textures and flavors. I can't say enough about the in-house cooking. The retro diner atmosphere is homey and welcoming. Everyone there was a local - they know a good thing!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ukiah, California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Inland Mendocino county at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

There are a number of jewels of the oft-overlooked inland Mendocino county that you should learn of. Instead of the usual Bay Area up-the-coast-back-the-coast route I would like to suggest this variation: Come to Santa Rosa and continue north on 101 along what turns into one of the nicest stretches of inland Northern California freeway you'll ever encounter (those who commute it the hour from Ukiah to Santa Rosa probably have the most therapeutic commute anywhere in Northern California). Take the Central Healdsburg exit, and stop along the town square (which so reminds one of the beautiful little "zocalos" of rural Mexico). It's time to stretch, and stroll in mid-morning through the plaza, but do take the time to walk the block or so up to Costeaux French Bakery. There you will buy some wonderful bread for later in the day. Their multi-grain whole loaf, sliced on the spot if you like, is incredible! This is also a place for good coffee and breakfast, but limit yourself yourself to taking out the coffee because an even better experience, at the Bluebird Cafe in Hopland, the point of this review, still awaits you! Now head out of town the 1/2 to 1 mile or so to a stoplight where a left will take you back to the freeway. There is no sign to guide you to the freeway so this part can be a little tricky the first time, but the correct left turn is at a stoplight, not stop sign, and leads almost immediately past a shopping center, into which you should turn, to shop Big John's Market's wonderfully stocked cheese and deli array for your afternoon picnic (more on that later). Now it's back to a beautiful stretch of freeway north, past Geyserville and Cloverdale, 15 minutes farther north to the little town of Hopland. At the very center of Hopland (pretty hard to miss!) park along the highway, look left across it, and you'll see a quaint and unpretentious little place (looking to be out of the 1950's or 60's) called the Bluebird Cafe. Cross carefully, enter in, and if possible, get a table immediately left so you can experience proximity to the giant, magnificently antlered moose mounted on the wall. Don't worry that it's a "recent kill" by local rednecks, the thing has been there forever...Hopland hasn't had a moose wandering downtown for at least a century. The Bluebird guarantees you a wonderful rural experience, starting with Mr. Moose, and taking you now to the surprisingly expansive menu. Who knows by now if this is brunch or lunch but either one will be delightful here! Check other reviewers for their favorites but I have much enjoyed the Huevos Rancheros (after all, you've just been to the "zocalo" in Healdsburg), and the Fish and Chips (with an Anderson Valley IPA), and their club sandwiches and burgers are also very good. Want a hugely wonderful, thick chocolate milkshake? Well, this is the place for it--expect 1.5x what most restaurants offer for the same price. In fact, expect reasonable prices and very large portions for everything on the menu. By now you're stuffed, I know, but don't forget to take away some of their locally famous pie for that picnic we alluded to earlier. The Pie Lady here, who may possibly also have been disguised as your waitress, has been making her delectable homemade pies for the Bluebird for around 20 years. Now you waddle to your car and you're headed north to my next recommendation, Nelson Family Vineyards. Look that one up on TA for my full review of it, but suffice it to say this place is a very special "slice" (that pie is hard to forget!) of rural Northern California, allowing you to experience a beautiful California "working ranch", part of the original "Rancho de Senel" land grant obtained by Fernando Feliz in 1844. This 1950's sheep ranch now grows some of the most wonderful wine grapes anywhere, offering unique fine wines to match, but owner Greg Nelson--who grew up on the ranch in the 1950's--and his two sons have kept this beautiful property of finger valley and oak-studded grassy hills in its authentic character, as opposed to gallicizing it with pretentious chateaus and the like. The ranch road in, as well as providing you with lovely valley views out over the vineyards (and pear orchard), winds through beautiful oaks, everywhere affording delightful views of grassy knolls and upland ridges. Taste and pick up some very special wine here (for that picnic, remember?) and then head north to Ukiah. Exit the freeway into Ukiah at the Gobbi Street exit (you'll have bypassed the Talmage Exit to get to it), go right over the freeway onto Gobbi headed west, take a right on Main Street, and shortly another right where a sign announces the "Grace Hudson Museum". This hidden jewel of Ukiah, considered by museum lovers as one of the best small museums anywhere, will become one of the highlights of your inland adventure! For the details, check my full TA review of it. Now return to the freeway, head north about 1.5 miles to the north Ukiah exit, take it, turn right on North State Street, then soon left at Orr's Springs Road, and discover another of Mendocino county's little-known gems, Montgomery Woods State Preserve. It's about 12 miles out on this beautiful country road, not far past Orr's Hot Springs Resort, and leading you to your ultimate destination on the coast anyway. If you're ready for a little exercise before the picnic, walk up the trail and into the major stand of redwoods on top, through which a loop trail offers an amazing walk among stunning old growth redwoods. Back near the bottom of the trail you will have noticed a few picnic tables by a little creek. Here's where you break out the picnic goodies you've collected elsewhere on this adventure, but whether before or after, don't forget to walk up to the redwoods. By now you're probably into late afternoon and it's time to head through the quaint tiny rural town of Comptche and on to your destination on the coast. And gosh...I've gone hog wild with this review anyway! Time to get myself down to the Bluebird for that delightful lunch of fish and chips and an IPA, followed by a chocolate milkshake for dessert...and a piece of homemade blackberry pie for later!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 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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Morgan Hill, California
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95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Time for pie?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

This is our usual lunch stop between Arcata and San Jose, and it did not disappoint. Friend had the elk burger - drier than regular hamburger. We had the BLT- generous amount of thick, crisp bacon, tomato, and non-soggy lettuce on thick sourdough. And had enough room for a slice of homemade raspberry-peach pie. Advice: start with pie, and maybe leave room for a sandwich.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 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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Hopatcong, NJ
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Delightfully quaint lunch spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stopped at this place totally on a lark while driving through Northern California. We were hungry and it looked like a place that would be good, so we stopped. We were not disappointed.

This place is a classic local dinette type joint. There is a lunch counter and tables, you can see into the kitchen, and they specialize in pie and old-fashioned milkshakes (but with new-fangled $7 pricing). The place was populated with regulars from town; that's the first sign you're in a good place. A lot of people came in just to get a pie or two and then leave.

My wife had the veggie burger and said it was very good. I had the wild boar burger. It was good, but I was expecting some kind of major difference in flavor from a traditional beef burger. There was no such major difference. But it was a good burger anyway.

Just about everything on the menu was $10+, which is probably normal for the area. It's not cheap, but not crazy-expensive either. Service was pretty good (about what I expect from a no-frills local diner).

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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