Tucked along the 260 in the White Mountains of Arizona, is a small and unassuming cafe in Pinetop-Lakeside: Darbi’s Cafe. After passing it for years and after a friend of ours told us they had eaten there and it was amazing- we decided to throw our other breakfast plans out the door one day and stop here instead on our way up to the mountain.
We were so glad we did and our friend was spot on! This place rocks. It’s always crowded every single time we pass by and it was the same when we finally stopped in.
Walking up the first time, I definitely thought that I was going to freeze inside as I tried to eat because it was cold out, there was snow on the ground, and this place looked like a homey cafe that would be super drafty. Imagine my surprise and delight when we walked in and it was super comfortable and warm inside. As we were sat at a table, I saw a fireplace blazing beautiful hot flames working to keep the temperature and everyone inside perfectly cozy.
The decor is unique and there are lots of trinkets and knick-knacks hung throughout making it truly feel like it should be a local, little secret hole in the wall. They focus on home cooking fresh ingredients for their customers. (I personally recommend their breakfast burrito but be prepared to only eat half of it unless you have a gigantic appetite!)
There is even a patio that seats several dozen people in the summer that they enclose in the winter. This is pretty cool because most spots will just close the patio altogether instead of finding a way to make it work when the weather’s not perfect.
This place is definitely worth checking out, especially if you need a large meal to keep you full all day while you snowboard/ski Sunrise.
Stop by if you’re in the area and let me know your thoughts on this wonderful little gem in Arizona!