While the usual suspects (McDonalds, Carl’s Jr. etc.) are serving up the regular potato-based French Fry deals, Dunkin’ Donuts is taking eaters to the sweet side. The chain is bringing back its donut fries, the easily eaten treat that sort of resembles thick-cut fries on steroids. But they’re sweet and sprinkled with sugar. The donut fries will be available for a limited time only.
To celebrate “Fry-day” even further, the first 100 guests to the Santa Clarita Dunkin’ Donuts on Bouquet Canyon Road, will get these sweet treats for free, starting at 10 a.m.
The Bouquet Canyon location is only one of five locations picked in all of Southern California for this giveaway, so the free donut fries are not available at the Sierra Highway outpost.
National Fry Day Giveaway at Dunkin’ Donuts 26441 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite A4 Santa Clarita 10 a.m.
***Update: Both The Signaland KHTS are reporting that the diner will open Memorial Day (May 28).***
For nearly a decade the Applebee’s space along Valencia Boulevard and Creekside Road has sat empty. It’s not that we missed the Applebee’s cuisine all that much, but large empty retail spaces are just downright depressing (yeah, we’re looking at you old Albertsons space in Westridge).
We’ve heard rumors for a couple years now that Black Bear Diner, an old-fashioned diner that started in Mt. Shasta more than 20 years ago, was coming to Santa Clarita. Now, it seems those rumors are true: You may have seen the sign out in front of the Applebee’s space that heralds the coming of the carved wooden bears and murals and forest kitsch decor.
And we can’t wait.
We’re always in the mood for breakfast, and Black Bear Diner serves it up all day long (though they serve up lunch and dinner, too). The portions are bear-sized, so be prepared to take home leftovers for your next meal. The Valencia location is slated to open in the early part of 2018, according to the Black Bear Diner website.
In the meantime, we’ll just prepare mentally for our first bite of their buttermilk and sweet cream batter pancakes…or the Bigfoot Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs (with the biscuits and gravy)…the Housemade Meatloaf…the Machaca Breakfast Tacos…the ginormous Bear Claw…
You get the picture—Black Bear is poised to up the breakfast game in the SCV.
Now that we have your attention, SCVFoodie wants to tell you a feel-good community story.
Late on on Aug. 27, our favorite local mom-and-pop donut shop, Stevenson Donuts & Bakery, was robbed with the perpetrator(s) making off with $400 in weekend sales and an iPhone.
Thuong “Tom” Sauv and his wife Jamie moved to Stevenson Ranch 10 years ago, and their donuts—and muffins, scones, egg sandwiches—are some of the best in the SCV. With their kids, who are spotted in the store on occasion, the Sauv family business has become staples of the community. [SCVFoodie has been known to “research and taste test” there on a semi-regular basis.]
A day after the robbery, the Stevenson Ranch community rallied around the shop and the Sauvs; someone started a GoFundMe campaign to repair the damage to the shop. (The thief/-vies tunneled in from the empty storefront next door.) The goal was to raise $2,500, but the campaign raised more than double that amount.
And now, here’s where the free donuts come into play. Tomorrow (Nov. 27) at 7 am, stop by Stevenson Donuts & Bakery as the Sauvs are holding a grand re-opening/thank you party for the community. Grab a free donut and coffee to start off the post-Thanksgiving work week. As of noon today (11/26), Tom Sauv was already busy prepping and making the donuts. [We stopped by to more “research” for SCVFoodie.]
That headline might be a little misleading, but only a little.
While driving to Target in Valencia last week, this SCVFoodie noticed a sign strung across the building that now sits on the site of the old Pier 1 Imports. This sign made my heart swell and jump for joy:
Zankou Chicken—the popular L.A.-based Armenian-Mediterranean chicken chain—is finally coming to the SCV. The company is aiming to open the location on the corner of McBean and Magic Mountain parkways in December or January.
What’s so special about Zankou? Well to start, the restaurant’s rotisserie chicken or chicken tarna (flame-broiled) wraps—both come with the famous garlic spread—are some of our favs. Oh and so are the falafel, the kebobs, hummus, tabbouleh and…we could go on and on.
While the company opened its first location in the early ’80s (on Sunset in East Hollywood), the fast-casual chain’s growth was tempered by a family dispute that ultimately led to tragedy. Since then, Zankou has opened locations in Glendale, Van Nuys, Anaheim, Pasadena, Toluca Lake, West Hollywood, West LA, Burbank with other restaurants in Tarzana, Granada Hills, Montebello (different sides of the family own various outlets).
Despite its history, we’re just happy that Zankou has chosen the SCV as its next outpost. Things are looking up, culinary-wise of the SCV.
Now is it too much to ask for a Porto’s location next?
From 10 am to 5 pm, dozens of food trucks and vendors will descend on the plaza serving up food like your Lola used to make. (I should say “almost” because no one can beat my Owa’s chicken adobo, just saying.)
The vendors confirmed so far are:
Hopia Like It
Johnny Pacific LA
Kindness and Mischief
Rice and Shine
Spoon & Pork
Thai Mexican Cocina
And don’t forget that inside the mall, there are other Filipino food options including Chowking, Grill City, Jollibee, Leelin Bakery & Cafe and Rick’s BBQ.
The organizers of EAT. PLAY. MOVE. know that while Filipino cuisine is really tasty, it’s neither the lightest nor the healthiest fare around so they’ve added “play” and “move” components to counteract the “eat” part. PLAY. features musical performances by a variety of Filipino talent including singer-songwriter Jeremy Passion, YouTuber Megan Delacey and beatboxer EVMB.
MOVE.involves fitness activations for all ages, including Zumba, yoga, fitness tests, competitions. Personal trainers will also be on hand to assist those who need help moving or for those who want to set up training later.
Consider yourself warned: You now have ample time to work out, drop a few pounds and/or find the right stretchy pants to wear to the festival on Oct. 7.
EAT. PLAY. MOVE.: A Filipino Food Festival Eagle Rock Plaza 2700 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles Oct. 7 from 10 am to 5 pm
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