Bon Temps Creole Cafe (San Luis Obispo)

Bon Temps Creole Cafe

While in San Luis Obispo, I went to the Bon Temps Creole Cafe, San Luis Obispo’s first Creole Cafe. While not technically a diner, I think it’s “close enough.” I don’t know the last time, if ever, I’ve been to a Creole Cafe, so I was super excited to try something new.

Bon Temps Creole Cafe

Bon Temps Creole Cafe Atmosphere: A

The restaurant is located close to the main downtown and near the railroad. It’s nice because there is usually more parking than the actual downtown. Even when we went on a Saturday morning for brunch, we easily found parking, and it wasn’t too busy. Many restaurants downtown had a long wait.

Bon Temps Creole Cafe

The Bon Temps Creole Cafe actually has both indoor and outdoor seating. Inside there are plenty of booths and tables. They pack a lot more seats and booths than I was expecting. I was surprised to find a small outside seating area with just as many tables. I had no idea! While not a typical metallic diner, it’s well kept and has several fun-themed creole photos and posters.

Bon Temps Creole Cafe

Coffee: A

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and I have no complaints. I appreciated the bottomless refills, and our waiter brought plenty.

Bon Temps Creole Cafe Food: A

As the name suggests, the Bon Temps Creole Cafe specializes in Creole Food. It was the first Creole restaurant in San Luis Obispo. They are open from 8-2 pm, with breakfast being served 8-11 and lunch 11-2. There are so many options, and it took me a while to figure out what I wanted. Some of the items on the Bon Temps Creole Cafe menu that stuck out include:

  • Creole Omelet:¬†Filled with melted cheese and spicy Creole Sauce.
  • Ash Wednesday Omelet: Filled with melted cheese, artichoke hearts, and Cajun Creamed Spinach.
  • Cajun Breakfast: Creole red beans topped with two poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, served with grits and buttermilk biscuits.
  • Fried Green Tomato Benedict: English muffin halves with fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce with hash browns or grits
  • Shrimp Creole: The most famous shrimp dish of them all. Plump shrimp in spicy Creole tomato sauce with white rice.
  • Pasta Jambalaya: With Shrimp & Andouille sausage, creole sauce, and cream. Tossed with Penne pasta (instead of rice).

You can see the full Bon Temps Creole Cafe menu here.

Bon Temps Creole Cafe ash Wednesday omelet

I decided to order the Ash Wednesday Omelet with a biscuit and grits. It was a lot spicier than I anticipated, but it was good. The omelet was packed with cajun creamed spinach and artichoke hearts. The buttermilk biscuit was delicious, and I have no regrets with my choice. I would order it again.

Bon Temps Creole Cafe biscuit

Bon Temps Creole Cafe Service: A

Our food came out quickly, and we always had refills with drinks and water. I have no complaints.

Cost: $$

For my coffee and omelet, it was $17. I was surprised to learn the coffee was $4.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Bon Temps Creole Cafe?

Yes, I really enjoyed the Bon Temps Creole Cafe. While not the typical diner, it was a fun brunch spot, and I would definitely go back. I appreciate that it’s located off the main downtown, so it’s not as crowded as other spots, and it’s easier to find parking.

There are definitely some fun lunch options that I want to try next. I am excited to try the Shrimp Creole next.

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Questions for you:

Have you tried creole food before? What is your favorite dish?

What is your favorite brunch item?