Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Worker Bee Cafe in Carpinteria

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We've been camping in Carpinteria late summer now for about 6 or 7 years. It's one of our favorite camping spots and favorite little beach towns as well. Sometimes we bike into town in the morning for some coffee or a little breakfast. Once we found a place that looked interesting, and it turned out that they served their eggs with veggie bacon and roasted broccoli. Let's just say that wasn't my hubby's thing. Last summer though, we discovered a kitschy little place for breakfast in town that is just great. It's called the Worker Bee Cafe, and the decor is, well, you guessed it - everything relating to bees and honey. Stuff everywhere! The place is so cluttered with decorations that it's actually sort of charming, and I just fell in love with it the minute we first went in. It is owned by an unlikely older couple named Oscar and Jamie - he's the sole cook and she's out front. Oscar's quite a character and visits with everyone while he cooks (be sure to visit him at the window to the kitchen), and Jamie is soft spoken and matter of fact, and you can easily see that waitressing is like second nature to her as she swings by and refills your coffee often. And, let me tell you, Oscar knows what he's doing in that kitchen- he's a one-man show back there fixing up awesome breakfast fare like home fries, hashed browns, buttermilk biscuits, and all the rest. I just love cute little breakfast places that just know how to do basic breakfast stuff right and keep the coffee coming. You feel like you're in a old-style diner where locals hang out, mixed with your grandma's living room.

This 4th of July, Rich and I drove up to join our kids and some friends who were on a camping trip in San Simeon (we hotel'ed it this time - Rich got back from Juniors camp on Saturday afternoon). We decided to stop in Carpinteria for breakfast at the Worker Bee Cafe, and it was delightful. Here are two pics of what I could see from my seat at the counter:

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It's cluttered but immaculate!

We sat down and at the same time as the coffee was offered, I wasted no time in ordering up one of their amazing cinnamon rolls. They get them from a bakery in Ventura called "Siblings" and they are to die for. They come warm with - get this - a side of whipped butter. Oh mama. Cinnamon rolls are SO my weakness and this one didn't disappoint. Just look at it:

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I really should have stopped after the cinnamon roll and coffee, but instead I moved on to perfectly cooked over-easy eggs and hashed browns, and a fresh buttermilk biscuit. It was all so delicious and after eating about half of it I was stuffed. After that, I vowed not to eat the rest of the day! If you ever find yourself in the area, you really should stop in and have breakfast at the Worker Bee. It such a great experience, I would drive to Carpinteria just for this.

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Oscar's wonderful homemade biscuits.

The Worker Bee

973 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria

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