There’s a new coffee shop (among other establishments) coming to downtown Newhall. According to the sign on the storefront, it’ll be called The Main Brew Coffee & Tea. Located next to the KHTS AM radio station on Main Street, we’re anxious to try it when—or if—it opens. (We’re still holding our breath for Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, whose sign went up in August!)
We’ll let you know when we learn more information about either coffee shop.
It’s been a long time coming, but The Cheesecake Factory finally opens in Santa Clarita, serving diners beginning today (Tuesday, Nov. 8).
Yes, it’s a chain restaurant, but we don’t mind this one so much because…well, have you tried the cheesecake?
Located along the mall’s Town Center Drive, the restaurant is across the street from Pottery Barn closer to the rotary. We’re sure the restaurant will be mobbed at opening, so we’ll give the staff a few weeks to settle into a routine.
The Orange County based-coffee company specializes in commercial roasting as well as beans and equipment for serious home coffee connoisseurs. It currently has two coffee bars in Orange and Anaheim Hills that offer tastings as well as cupping classes. While the classes sound cool, we just hope the coffee is good. (If you’ve had it, let us know…)
The Bodhi Leaf’s SCV location is located the shopping center anchored by Schooners and Edible Arrangements on Soledad Canyon in Saugus. We’ll update this post once it opens.
Since Eric Tovar-Plummer took ownership of Cathy’s Breakfast Cafe and Deli (aka Cathy’s Deli on Lyons Avenue) last year, the longtime Newhall eatery has blossomed into arguably the best breakfast/lunch spot in Santa Clarita. Just try the pancakes, breakfast burritos or homemade jams (strawberry Earl Grey is our fav)—anything, really—and taste the care that goes into every item on the menu.
But now Tovar-Plummer diving into the unknown with Cathy’s: Starting today (Aug. 3), the cafe expands its hours past 3 pm to serve early dinner items until 7 pm, from Wednesdays through Sundays.
We caught a glimpse of the new menu items on a recent visit, and the offerings look as tempting as the breakfasts. A few that looked exceptionally tasty include:
>> Egg in a Nest: Steamed rice, pulled pork, a marinated six-minute egg topped with house-made teriyaki, green onions and sesame seeds. (See photo above. A friend tried this on a recent visit and said it was delicious. She ate it all before we could ask to verify that opinion.)
>> Brick Chicken: Boneless 1/2 chicken pan seared with a side of cauliflower mash and soup or salad.
>> T-bone, Skirt Steak or Pork chop and Fries: Your choice of protein with fries and soup and salad.
>> Pork Chop Milanese: House-breaded pork chop topped with bacon honey gravy, a side of cauliflower mash and soup or salad.
We have a feeling that if dinner catches on at Cathy’s, Tovar-Plummer will have to extend those new ours to accommodate the demand.
Cathy’s Breakfast Cafe and Deli 23120 Lyons Ave., Suite 24 Newhall 661.288.2217 Hours: 7 am to 3 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 am to 7 pm on Wednesdays through Sundays
Upon a recommendation of a friend, SCVFoodie headed over to Canyon Country to visit Crazy Otto’s Diner, the chain’s newest location, which opened last year. (In Southern California, they have two restaurants in the Lancaster area, one in Acton and one in Rosamund, north of Lancaster.) We heard that Crazy Otto’s had crazy-sized portions, but we didn’t know exactly how absurd the dishes were until we ordered the following:
Machaca and Eggs: Eggs and shredded beef with tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, topped with Jack cheese. We opted for the hash browns and toast as our sides.
Stack of three pancakes: It comes with two eggs and a choice of meat. We chose the ham slice.
Crazy Otto’s Burgermeat Omelette: Seasoned ground beef with onions, Ortega chiles and cheddar cheese. We ordered it with avocado (extra) and hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy.
So when the dishes came out, we were floored. Any one of them could have fed our party of three. The waitress said that the omelettes were made with six to seven eggs, but by the size of the Burgermeat, which must have weighed at least three to five pounds, we’d bet that there were more eggs in that omelette. It was hearty enough that the 16-year-old boy in our party couldn’t finish it (when do you see that!), and we had to take at least a third of it home.
While are jaws dropped at the size of the portions, our palates, unfortunately, didn’t dance with flavor. The Machaca wasn’t zesty, and the ample hot sauce we poured over it only helped a little. It could be improved if the meat were more tender and a few jalapeños—or spice, any spice—were added. The Burgermeat fared a little better flavor-wise, though both dishes were too greasy. Also soggy with grease were the hashbrowns, which were soft and undercooked. (We like them crispy).
The ham was nearly an inch thick, but was a little tough and flavorless. The pancakes were the best of all the dishes: They were moist and so large that the last one had to be folded over in order to fit in the to-go-box.
We learned from the Crazy Otto’s website that before Otto opened his restaurants, he spent time cooking for lumberjacks in the Pacific Northwest. So with that in mind, the tradition of the portion sizes make sense; however, this is Southern California, and we live a much more sedentary world than Paul Bunyan so that part doesn’t (hello obesity epidemic!). Crazy Otto’s does offer half-sizes, but it’s misleading—they only discount the half-sizes by $1, so most of the customers will pay for that full order.
Speaking of price, those super-sized portions don’t come cheap. Our bill for three dishes and a coffee, a soda and a hot chocolate came out to more than $50 before tip.
Crazy Otto’s is a great place for lumberjacks, football players and those with super metabolisms. For the rest of us, it’s a typical greasy spoon diner that serves up enough food for breakfast, lunch and dinner with one dish.
Move over, Wolf Creek. Santa Clarita’s beer scene just got a little more crowded. Tucked away in Valencia’s industrial center is Santa Clarita’s newest brewer: Pocock Brewing Co.
The family-owned craft brewery had its soft-opening in mid-October and grand opening in December, and it’s gained a steady following through word-of-mouth and social media. (We found it through good old-fashioned Facebook.)
Last weekend, SCVFoodie stopped by the small tap room to sample an IPA and be on our way, but we ended up meeting brewmasters/owners Geoff Pocock and Todd Tisdell, who gave us a quick tour, and grabbing a bite from Pane & Passione—the food truck parked outside. At first, we were put off by the nearly desolate surroundings, located in the middle of the warehouses quiet for the weekend, but once we saw the giant tanks inside, the location made absolute sense.
We tasted samples of Pocock’s Letter of Marque, a double IPA, and the Rooster Pith IPA. We liked Letter of Marque’s stronger finish so we chose that as our pint. We’ll be back to sample other parts of the menu, particularly the Noble Piper Scotch Ale, the Barleywine and The Old Road Brown Ale (just because we love the name).
Pocock Brewing Co. in Santa Clarita.
Pocock’s Tap Room
In lieu of gift cards…buy a bud a beer.
Pocock’s located in Valencia’s industrial center.
Food trucks serve up food in front of the brewing co.
Letter of Marque Double IPA
Pocock doesn’t have a restaurant, but food trucks park in front of the brewhouse almost every night they’re open. On Thursdays, Las Delicias brings their taco bar to feed the masses.
If you’re up for something a little off the beaten path for an interesting date night or an after-work watering hole, then definitely give Pocock a shot.
The Tap Room is open on Thursdays from 3-9 pm; Fridays from 3-10 pm; Saturday from 3-10 pm and Sundays from 12-6 pm. They can also do private events at the facility when the tap room’s not open.
Get yourself to Jasmine Thai on Valencia Boulevard and order the #46b asap: Chao Phraya Pad Thai Topped with Egg (as opposed to #46, their regular Pad Thai). Trust us on this one: The “b” version is one of our favorite dishes in the SCV.
Chao Phraya Pad Thai Topped with Egg: Thin rice noodle stir fried with chicken and shrimp, egg, tofu, red onion, crush peanut, chili powder, and sweet shrimp radish.
At $10.95, it’s a generously portioned noodle dish that stands apart from the standard (i.e., bland, boring or super sweet) Pad Thai found about town. What makes the Chao Phraya different is that heat—an extra kick of chili powder that contrasts the inherent sweetness of the dish.
Here’s what it looks like right out of Jasmine Thai’s kitchen, topped with that scrambled egg(s). Who’s hungry now?