Let me start by saying that Darbi is a native to the White Mountains, born and raised here and a graduate of Blue Ridge High.

While I originally wanted her to write this page so that she could tell her own story, I assure you she is far to humble and modest for that. Therefore I will share with you what I know and hope that she (and others) can accept this page as simply being “truth”, not some over exaggerated ploy to sell her on the internet.

Darbi has been in the restaurant business all of her life, and impressively enough, she opened Darbi’s Cafe at the very young age of 23. It seems everything she touched just turned to gold! Normally I might be a bit jealous of this, but if you were to know Darbi as others do; you just couldn’t be happier to see her success become a reality.

Her cafe is truly “her baby”, and if she is guilty of anything….it is the sheer determination to please the most unpleasable. She refuses to settle for less and it shows, from the quality of her food to the staff that she hires, Darbi strives for perfection.

Her warm personality makes her a pleasure to work with and for, and while just a few of the awards on her wall boast having “The Best Wait Staff”; you will feel it the moment you walk in the door. People are genuinely happy to work here and it shows.

Though Darbi’s Cafe has been opened 7 years now very successfully, I assure you she is still there working right along side her crew. Whether it is behind the register, on the cook line, or washing dishes; she simply does whatever needs to be done to keep things running smoothly.

Her generosity in the community and with her staff has made her one of the most gracious people I know, she is honestly what I believe to be “a dying breed” among this generation. One who deserves every good thing life has to offer because that is all she gives!

I (and everyone up here) wish her many many more years of continued success!

Please feel free to contact Darbi with any comments or suggestions. While she will certainly go above and beyond to address any complaint you may have, positive feedback is also most welcome. 🙂


8 Responses to About

  1. Brenda says:

    Darbi, it is truly a pleasure to dine at your restaurant, and even moreso to recommend Darbi’s to friends who visit the area. We are proud of your accomplishments at such a young age, and quite moved by your obvious humility.

    May God grant you many years of doing and loving what you do best — running the finest restaurant on the mountain.

    Brenda Ainley
    Tucson and Pinetop

    • Darbi's Cafe says:

      What a sweet thing to say Brenda, thank you so much. Your graciousness combined with others certainly remind me of why I do what I do, how blessed my staff and I are to have so many wonderful customers.

      Thank You again, and we look forward to having you back this summer.


  2. Marcia says:

    We’ve been dining at Darbi’s since it opened. We eat breakfast there every morning and have dinner too at least a couple of times during our yearly vacation in Pinetop. We love Darbi’s!!

    Good food, great service, and warm and cozy atmosphere. We’re looking forward to our upcoming vacation in the White Mountains so we can dine at Darbi’s once again.

    Thanks for such a wonderful place Darbi!

    • Darbi's Cafe says:

      What a wonderful thing to say Marcia!

      But it’s really all of us who must thank you, if it weren’t for so many awesome customers…Darbi’s Cafe wouldn’t even exist!

      Look forward to seeing you soon, and thanks again! 🙂

  3. Greg & Sandy says:

    My wife and I were there for breakfast on Christmas Eve 2016 for the first time and we were very very happy with our visit. The food was fantastic and the service was great! We travel a lot and have eaten in many restaurants similar to Darnisha but that’s where the similarity ends! We told Darbi the owner that we absolutely loved our vist and meal! In addition we think her business is in the top two from all our travels. We will be back! Thank you Darbi!

    • Darbi's Cafe says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words, I couldn’t be happier to hear your visit was so wonderful……we truly look forward to your return! 🙂

  4. Crispin Martinez says:

    Hello,my name is Crispin and my wife and I will be visiting in February for our anniversary. This is the first trip we will be taking in some time. I want everything to be special for my wife and want to know what kind of special breakfast you might offer? I want here to really enjoy herself!

    • Darbi's Cafe says:

      Hi Crispin,

      Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary. 🙂

      We do not have a special menu per say, but there are a few meals that I might recommend based on their presentation and taste. Any of the benedicts are not only delicous, but very pleasing to the eye. The Banana’s Fosters also makes quite an entrance and started out as a mothers day special that was so popular we added it to the menu.

      For a nice touch you may want to order a mimosa, you can even ask your server if a tropical mimosa is available…a little twist to the traditional mimosa with a bit more “romance” to it. Please let us know when you arrive that you are celebrating a special event so that we can acknowledge it and try to make your visit a bit more special for you. 🙂

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