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Chew On This: Blue Hills Café a staple in Dewey

Diners enjoy a late lunch at the Blue Hills Cafe Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6.

Diners enjoy a late lunch at the Blue Hills Cafe Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6.

Many times, good food can be found on the beaten path, but just a little bit out of the way from the usual daily routine. Blue Hills Café is one of those places as it's right by Highway 69, 12262 Bradshaw Mountain Road to be precise, but it's nestled away from the daily routine of many people in Dewey. Owned by Steve and Kathy Duryea, the restaurant has been in the area since the 1980s and is known by many locals as Steve and Kathy's.

Originally, the restaurant was down the road and moved to its current location in 1991, said manager Brad Duryea, Steve and Kathy's son. They built the building where it stands now. Steve and Kathy had moved to the area from New York in the late 1970s, early 1980s.

"They were working for a computer company back there and when they moved out here ... there were no jobs to be had for computers, this area was so rural," Brad said. "They didn't know what to do. There was a restaurant for sale down there, they went in and started working with the guy. Wound up buying it from him and taking it over."

The name Blue Hills Café came from the name of the first restaurant, which was Blue Hills Drive Thru, Brad said. He believes that name came from the Blue Hills area. But after taking it over, Steve and Kathy renamed it to Steve and Kathy's before changing it again to Blue Hills Café, he said.

Blue Hills Café has had a lot of great employees over the years, Brad said. Having a family owned restaurant also allows for more flexibility, he added.

"We still do have great employees, that's what's really kept it together," he said. "We have time where we can go on family vacations."

The restaurant is a good business for his parents as well as for him, his sister, Erin, and wife, Shannon, who are eventually going to take over, Brad said.

Blue Hills Café is known for breakfast and generous portions, Brad said. They try to keep the food at a good quality while maintaining an affordable price. There's also the ambiance, he added. A lot of the regulars like seeing Steve, Kathy, Brad, Shannon and Erin. It has a good home-town feel, Brad said.

It is quite popular, with an average of four and a half stars out of five from sites like yelp.com (31 reviews), Tripadvisor.com (67 reviews) and Zomato.com (eight reviews).

"One of my favorite places by far."

"The food is good and so is the value."

"... I'll plan to stop by whenever I can."

"If we lived closer, this would be our weekend ritual."

"Been here several times for breakfast. Consistently good food but the values are the daily specials."

"We know a lot of people by name," Brad said, adding that though the restaurant does have a lot of tourists, it's "a staple for local people."

Find Blue Hills Café online at www.bluehillscafeaz.com and reach the restaurant at 928-772-7893. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Monday and until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @Prescottwheels. Reach him at 928-642-5277 or at 928-445-3333, ext. 2037.