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A Taste of Santana’s Cottage: Lakeport’s Culinary Retreat

It’s a warm summer day in downtown Lakeport. The morning’s long shadows are giving way to the sun’s rising glow and warming temperatures. Main Street’s bustling traffic slows at the edge of town when coming from Main Street. Practically a Lakeport landmark, Santana’s Cottage is conveniently located on the lake side at the corner of Main and 11th Street. You see it all the time going from destination to destination. But today, it is the destination.

It may be breakfast or lunch; either way, some sumptuous delight awaits. A pickup truck pulling a boat after a morning of fishing passes, reminding one just how close the lake really is to Main Street. The lake, fresh and alive, fills every sense. 

Just inside Sanatana’s Cottage, the nautical theme continues with blue and yellow painted walls home to an array of photos of the lake. Exposed beams give one the sense of being a passenger on a wooden ship, further enhancing the nautical experience. A friendly face welcomes you and invites you to choose your own seat. Several tables await in the large sitting area. 

Or, if the weather is to your liking, a large covered patio brings the lake and passerbyers closer to your table. With an open kitchen and happy chatter, one gets the sense that this is a local establishment, whether you’re from town or not. Everyone is welcome, and while in town, everyone is local.

Now comes the tricky part: breakfast or lunch. Depending on the time of day, a little bit of both might be the best choice of all. Take, for example, the Berry Crepe, filled to overflowing with the freshest of berries. Take your pick with every bite, whether it be blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries; every taste is perfection. And perhaps that has to do with the simplicity of the berries gently dressed in creamy, sweet Nutella. The whole experience is tantalizing and not overfilling for a summer’s day. And what holds it all together? The light, fluffy crepe brings all the delicate flavors together. With a dollop of whipping cream, this can be dessert, too!

For a savory experience, you mustn’t underestimate the Portabella Mushroom burger. Its meaty, filling, and a hot-off-the-grill culinary experience. The warm, moist portabella mushroom topped with grilled red onions and sweet peppers is filled with umami flavors, but those aren’t outdone by the contrasting texture of a thick layer of fresh spinach, lettuce, and hearty grilled veggies and pepperjack cheese. All this goodness rests between toasted ciabatta bread. This burger is sensational. Couple it with a side salad or seasoned fries, and your meal is more than complete. It’s absolutely satisfying. 

Whether it’s a play day in downtown Lakeport, a boat day, or a business day, this will be a bright spot in your time, no matter the day or occasion. It’s a perfect place to take guests from out of town or to be a pretend out-of-town guest. Either way, it’s a great local experience. 

Santana’s Cottage

1090 N Main St, Lakeport, CA 95453

(707) 263-4956

Trudy Wakefield

Trudy is the owner and editor for The Bloom. The Bloom's dedicated to showcasing all the good parts of life. If it's good news, you'll probably find it here.

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