Sleepy Bee Cafe is a new breakfast and lunch spot that opened in Oakley just before Christmas. My wife and I finally made the five-minute drive from our house for breakfast a couple of Fridays ago. They are committed to serving local, pesticide-free, non genetically modified foods when possible. The menu will be dynamic and evolve with the seasons.
I started with a bottomless cup of coffee ($3) while my wife ordered a chai latte from the coffee bar. We enjoyed the drinks very much while looking over the menu. The inside of the restaurant is fairly spacious and is filled with many two and four top tables. It wasn’t busy during our visit but I’m told that wait times can be expected on the weekends.
For breakfast I went with the apple cakes, three buttermilk pancakes topped with sautéed caramelized apples, whipped cream and house-made granola ($9.50). The pancakes themselves were rather average and not as fluffy as I was expecting. The fruit and granola topping was wonderful though and was easily the highlight of the dish, as expected.
My wife had the Avi omelet with avocado, spinach, mushrooms, tomato, onions, and white cheddar ($9.95). I didn’t hear any complains from her and she seemed to enjoy every last bite. She choose to have the oven-roasted potato “hive fries” on the side, which I shared with her. The item on her plate that stood out the most to me (I did not try the omelet) was the house-made ketchup with a slightly smoky flavor and very little sweetness to it. It was a good start but I would like to see even more spice added to the ketchup.
Overall the Sleepy Bee Cafe is off to a good start. We will definitely be back for more, though I would like to see the menu expand beyond the pancake and omelet offerings. The lunch menu looks really good, so I’m hoping that will be our next meal at the new café.