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
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.
In the late spring, we saw a new sign—The Daily Harvest—pop up among the yellow Victorian buildings along Lyons Avenue. And got really excited. According to what we could find online, the new “cafe & juicery” would offer: Organic Cold Pressed Juice, Seasonal Fresh Food, Breakfast, Salads and Sandwiches.
So we waited. And waited.
The construction seemed to stop and start in fits and spurts. But now they’re back at it in earnest and one of the guys walking into the construction site said they’ll be open “soon” (within the next month). Fingers crossed.
The Daily Harvest Cafe & Juicery
22722 Lyons Ave. #6 Newhall, CA 91321
**If the cafe’s a success, then parking will be an issue. The [tiny] spaces at the lot for the Egg Plantation, Honu Coffee and various shops, dance and yoga studios will be at a bigger premium than they are now. But we’ll take parking headaches if that means more food options in the SCV.
The concept is perfect for those people who might think that the Refinery’s menu is a little too…different.
So Dixie Brown, if you’re reading this, we’d like to throw in a few beer suggestions, too: Racer 5 and then anything Chimay, Clown Shoes or Dogfish Head.
Dixie Brown’s BBQ & Brewhouse
24255 Main Street, Newhall, Calif.
661 481-1188 firstname.lastname@example.org