I love the hometown feel of this coffee shop! They serve their coffee in delightful large mugs. The motto of the shop is to inspire, build-up, build resistance, overcome, and collaborate SEVEN days a week! I ordered the avocado toast which was prepared with a generous helping of avocado and full of flavor. I hope that this coffee shop thrives!
bldg. B, 644 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559-2611
Just GO and get an English muffin! DO IT! Light, fluffy, warm and delicious. I'm still dreaming of these English muffins. The bakery also offers cookies and sandwiches, but it's all about the English muffins. Trust me. Two words: ENGLISH. MUFFINS.
596 Mobil Ave
Camarillo, CA 93010
This is the hometown diner in Camarillo. The image to the left is of the breakfast that I ate on the 4th of July! You gotta' love AMERICA!!! It's close to the 101 freeway so if you are ever passing through Camarillo, you might consider stopping for a delicious meal. Feels like home.
Breakfast, sandwiches, salads...there's a wide menu that you can enjoy!
A couple of years ago, I discovered Carrara Pastries in Moorpark, CA, and recently they have expanded. They have added a café in Agoura Hills, CA, and the Moorpark location has been remodeled to accommodate tables, a gelato bar, a coffee bar, and soon they will be granted their liquor license so that they can serve wine. They also serve sandwiches and salads now that are amazing! If you close your eyes while eating any of their savory dishes or while sipping on a cappuccino, it will feel like you have been transported to Italy.
Moorpark location: 476 W Los Angeles Ave, Moorpark, CA 93021
Agoura Hills location: 28914 Roadside Dr #107, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
The Tickle Tree Café is conveniently located off the 210 freeway. I have a dear friend who lives in South Pasadena, and I live out in Ventura County, so we are always looking for spots along the freeway where we can meet halfway between both our homes. This café is small, clean, and serves good food. The yelp reviews all raved about the tuna melt, so we HAD TO order one. Delicious! We also ordered the Orange French Toast and the Huevos Rancheros. The French Toast was very flavorful. It was a delightful lunch, and I would return to the Tickle Tree!
2853 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta-Montrose, CA 91214
Address: 594 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
Brunch is very affordable here, $17.99 + tax & service (about $22 total) per adult, with endless mimosas, an efficiently run omelette bar, delicious desserts and waffles, and a nice selection of breakfast meats and potatoes. My one criticism is that they do not have many lunch-type items, but that is probably why the cost is lower. There is no prime rib or lunch meats. The grounds are beautiful though, and the service was attentive. I have also been there on a Saturday morning for breakfast. The plates are about $11 and the portions are generous.
My son and I love to visit the restaurants featured on Guy Fieri's show called Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Usually the places are far away from our home, but I happen to find this gem in Santa Barbara, about an hour from my home. Besides the amazing fresh and delicious food, I was attracted to the story of the owners. The café features a special dish that allows you to taste a little bit of everything that was featured on the show--it is called the Guy Fieri plate and includes the turkey fritter, pesto green beans, quinoa mango salad, and a piece of carrot cake. It's amazing! There are a ton of gluten free options in the bakery and on the menu as well. I only wish the café was even closer to my home. I am really happy that things are going well for this family, and hope that more people stop to visit the Savoy Café and Deli.
24 W Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hash House A Go Go
While in Vegas one summer, I had done some research on where a group of friends and I could go for dinner. On a top 5 restaurant list on the internet, I discovered Hash House A Go Go. There are several locations in Las Vegas, one in Chicago, and one in San Diego. Our initial visit was to the one on Sahara Ave. (off the Strip) in Las Vegas, and then this summer, my family and I visited the one in San Diego. I found that the service was better during my experience in Vegas than in San Diego, and the food was stellar at both. People rave about their breakfasts, but I have only been there for dinner. They describe their cuisine as Twisted Farm Food; I would call it American Food on Steroids. One can not describe the immense size of the dishes at this restaurant. Each plate that came out seemed like it was the size of the steering wheel of a big rig truck. The flavors of the food are good, but I think what really lures people to this place is the memorable dining experience. It's definitely worth a stop!
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