A diner's oversized booths and oversized pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of diner fare at Pappy's Coffee Shop's Bakersfield and Shafter locations.
Brimming with diner-style eats, the menu at Pappy's Coffee Shop offers hearty ways to start the day or end the night. Empty belly tanks can fuel up with an egg-laden dish such as the four-egg monterey omelette, packed with Ortega chilis, ham, and jack cheese and served with a choice of hash browns, ranch potatoes, grits, pancakes, or fried okra, as well as a choice of toast, biscuits and gravy, or tortillas ($9.65). A fresh-baked blueberry muffin is available for fluffy accompaniment ($1.35), or for a bigger bevy of blueberries, guests may order a tri-tower of Pappy’s seven-grain blueberry pancakes ($7.95). Come lunchtime, visitors can impress future fathers-in-law by engulfing the half-pound chili-bean hot dog without using their hands or mouth, or stick to a classic such as the B.L.T. ($8.75). For dessert, diners can messily envelop the foamy, 32-ounce root-beer float and its two scoops of milky ice cream.
Pappy’s Coffee Shop has been locally owned and operated since 1999. Open seven days a week from 5 a.m.–2 p.m., the warm, welcoming shop and its warm, welcoming meals provide tasty endings to all-night study sessions and power early risers through days of drilling for California’s natural deposits of Legos.
Pappy's Coffee Shop
Since 1999, when Pete A. Cisneros Sr. opened Pappy's Coffee Shop, the rustic, homestyle eatery has attracted locals with generous portions of classic American diner food. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, chefs sizzle eggs alongside chicken-fried steak, jumbo cuts of ham, or fried bologna, and pile plates with seven-grain pancakes and waffles. Their 8-ounce burgers can arrive with Freedom fries or fried okra, and charming, 1-quart mason jars of cold soft drinks. The walls boast American and oil-rig-inspired memorabilia, creating an ambiance more down-home and eclectic than the vintage furniture-juggling contest at the state fair.