Quick Bite

Hapgood’s: A Cozy Brunch Spot in Mountain Lakes

The eatery serves up breakfast and lunch options—some of them with intriguing twists.

Salad with grilled chicken at Hapgood's in Mountain Lakes
A savory meal at Hapgood's in Mountain Lakes. Photo by Jacqueline Mroz


Cozy café, perfect for brunch or lunch. It’s a local hang, but everyone’s welcome. Takeout available.


Named for developer Herbert J. Hapgood, who built many of the Craftsman-style houses in town, Hapgood’s was opened nine years ago by brothers Bill and Dante Corvelli and is now owned by Bill and his wife, Lisa. It occupies the only Hapgood commercial building, says Bill, and is built in a similar style. Open and airy inside, it has a working gas fireplace. Outdoor tables available in warmer months.


Café fare, such as omelets and burgers, with some more unusual offerings, such as tiramisu pancakes topped with mocha cream and espresso glaze; thick-cut Texas French toast with vanilla, orange juice and a splash of bourbon; steak au poivre; and shrimp and grits. Some folks come for the fried pickles.


Boxed dinners to go feed a family of four and include salad, entrée and sides. Reservations accepted. Corvelli acquired a liquor license in May and plans to expand the restaurant and add a bar in coming months.

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