Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Ramos House Cafe

I just got back from a festive week in Santa Monica. Our friends told us about this great place in San Juan Capistrano that we should check out on the way back to San Diego. I know that I am new to SoCal, but I had never heard of San Juan Capistrano. It is pretty much halfway between LA and San Diego, so it is about an hour drive from either place. Originally my husband and I tried to find the Kogi taco truck on our way out of Santa Monica and had no luck, so we figured we would give San Juan Capistrano a try. When you first get off the highway, it really does not look that exciting. Just drive a few miles and there is a really cute, historic town. The Ramos House is an old country house in the middle of the main street. The menu says it all:

"The idea of the Ramos House Café is simple. As in the old days, the owner lives and works at the house. The wines are kept in the cellar, the herbs are grown in the garden and the ice cream is turned out back. The menu is seasonal and can change daily. "

 One of the best things we ate was the chicken confit, green apple and potato hash with scrambled eggs and apple cider gravy. Whoa. The homemade biscuit and apple butter was also insane, as was the heirloom tomato and burrata salad. You should definitely check out the menu here:

Complete your meal with a bloody mary with a crab claw, pickled green beans and a scotch quail egg. Wow.

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