Pupfish Café is Bishop’s newest coffee shop and café. Proudly serving Bishop’s best coffee from Black Sheep Coffee Roasters and heirloom organic teas from Five Mountains Tea. Freshly prepared food served on artisan bread from Great Basin Bakery is the hallmark of our menu.
The Liege Waffle is our specialty!
We are committed to providing exceptional service, excellent coffee and delicious food that is fresh and organic whenever possible.
All menu items are available all day and to go. Download a PDF version of our current menu here.
This is our specialty and they’re simply delicious!
The typical American diner waffle is a batter-based waffle. Liège waffles with pearl sugar are quite different and are made with a yeast based brioche dough studded with special pearls of sugar that caramelize on the waffle iron as it cooks. They are buttery and pillow soft on the inside while crispy and crunchy on the outside where the pearl sugar caramelizes similar to crème brulee.
BeveragesWe are proud to serve locally roasted Black Sheep Coffee and organic heirloom teas from Five Mountains Tea. Coffee is brewed fresh daily, espresso drinks are made with care and tea is served perfectly – hot or iced. We make our own delicious unsweetened Chai – add a shot of vanilla for sweetness if desired.
To GoAll our menu items are available To Go. Call in and place an order to pick up and we’ll have it ready when you get here.
CateringWe cater breakfast and lunch parties, office meetings, picnics and custom events. Choose from our menu or come and chat with us about your catering needs.
EventsWe host evening events for up to 20 people seated at tables or more with standing room. Come and talk to us about your next party, meeting or presentation.
Janette had a dream of owning and running a small cafe. She moved to beautiful Bishop from Oakland to start Pupfish Cafe. With the help of a couple of friends and lots of guidance from other business owners in Oakland and Bishop the cafe opened on Memorial Day weekend 2016. Janette says she loves being in the cafe and getting to know the regulars (and there are many already) and visitors to the Eastern Sierra.
Pupfish (Cyprinodon radiosus) began life in the Owens River valley more than 2.5 million years ago. Until a little more than 100 years ago the Owens pupfish was abundant throughout the valley. Then, due to loss of habitat and the introduction of non-native fish & frog species the pupfish almost became extinct. In 1967 the Owens pupfish was declared an endangered species by the federal government. Two years later the last remaining pupfish were relocated – 800 fish in two buckets!
Five populations of these fish are now established in small refuges in the valley where consistent spring flows and groundwater provide a suitable and sustainable habitat. Measuring up to 2-½ inches in length, with an occasional large male a little longer, pupfish males become bright blue in color during spawning. The highly distinctive behavior of ‘tail wagging’ during courtship and contest resembles the action of a playful puppy – hence the name pupfish.