A Breakfast and Supper Club
in Yucca Valley, CA
I first heard about La Copine after I clicked a shared FB link and found a seemingly mislocated eatery in the middle-of-Hi-Desert-California nowhere. As soon as I opened their website I knew I was going. I signed up for their Supper Club mailing list and invited my BFF’s daughter for an early birthday brunch.
Anxious to try this “New American, Brunch Cafe & Supper Club,” we met for Sunday breakfast, asked Siri for directions, and off we went. “No, that’s not it.” “No, not that one.” After lots of Joshua trees open spaces, along with a few scattered businesses along the road, we arrived.
Determined to have the “golden milk turmeric tea” and Beignets we ordered quickly so we could enjoy our treats as we took in the setting and determined our breakfast order. We soon realized we were lucky to get a table (hint: make a reservation) , and decided to order the “SMOKE & HASH ($13) organic sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, poblano peppers, wilted greens, tomato chutney, avocado, 2 fried eggs.” So YUM!
Everyone there was animated—the small cafe was buzzing with conversations and filled to the brim with customers. Our hostess exuded pride and we decided she must be an owner—well, that and her La Copine tattoo on her forearm—so we asked about how she came to be there. Claire shared that she and her partner had visited the nearby Integratron (An historical structure/ resonant tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert) mentioned their dreams, were guided to this location and nearly immediately knew it was their destiny (well, those are my descriptive words but her message was clear). We told her we heard about La Copine via a comments post on my friend Linda’s page who also happens to be the President of IFWTWA (International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association). Claire confided several famous chefs who had visited La Copine praised Chef Nikki and offered very positive feedback. We smiled. Indeed. By then we had tasted our meals. We were delighted with the fresh-richness of the dish, its presentation, and the owners’ attention to details like the linen napkins, water decanters that create the artistic eclectic vibe in this unlikely yet perfect setting.
We wanted to linger but realized there were folks outside waiting for tables so we scooted out knowing we would return to try a half-order of the FEMME FATALE, a unique dish of french toast: sourdough, grand marnier and vanilla custard, strawberry-maple syrup, toasted almonds, whipped ricotta. The Vegan WILD AND FREE V.2, sal-ad: organic lettuces, shaved fennel & apple, balsamic currants, hazelnuts, pickled shallot, wild rice, free-range chicken, purple haze goat cheese, basil dressing, with berry-lavender spritzers was also calling our name.
848 Old Woman Springs Road, Yucca Valley, CA
HOURS: Th-Su 9a-3p