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
Update 8/1/15: Dunkin’ Donuts is scheduled to open at 4:40 am on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in the SCV. “The first person in both the walk-in and drive-through lines will be rewarded with free coffee for one year. The first location is also handing out tote bags to the first 100 customers.” (h/t The Signal)
No more driving to Santa Monica or Encino for the Chocolate Glazed or the Powdered Sugar (our two personal favs). All you have to do in a few short weeks is drive over to Canyon Country (the Sierra Crest Center, 27125 Sierra Highway, #326-A, Santa Clarita, CA 91351).
Now that bit of news definitely puts the “awesome” in Awesometown.
The food business is tough, and running an independent coffee shop is one of the hardest. You have to sell a lot of lattes and iced coffees to make rent and payroll, let alone a profit. And while we do frequent Sbucks, Coffee Bean and Peet’s, there’s something special about supporting the mom-and-pop coffee shops, helping our communities feel a little less cookie cutter.
We were saddened by the closing of our favorites The Coffee House and Bakers in recent years/months—places where the staff asked about you and not just the name for the cup. For a while, there was nowhere to nibble on fresh baked treats or a place to bring the laptop to work away from the office.
Honu Coffee is now open in Newhall’s yellow Victorian buildings block, taking over the space from Kokolita’s Cupcakes second location. The same space was also previously home to The Poached Pair and before that, the popular, long-lasting Java’n’Jazz coffee shop.
We stumbled upon Honu by accident, looking to buy cupcakes from Kokolita’s. While Honu’s owners sell Kokolita’s cupcakes and empanadas, the focus is definitely on the coffee. The owners have a special Honu House Blend that’s exclusive to their shop, and the beans are roasted by Martin Diedrich’s Kean Artisan Roasters in Costa Mesa. Honu’s also working to sell larger batches of their cold brew coffee.
We had a cappuccino on our first visit, and we’ll be back for another. But next time, we’ll bring our laptop, and sip away in Honu’s loft, doing our best to support the SCV’s latest coffee shop.
Honu Coffee 22722 Lyons Ave. Santa Clarita (Newhall), Calif. 661.607.3863
Monday-Thursday, 6 am to 5 pm Friday: 6 am to 11 pm Saturday: 7 am to 11 pm
Shout out to CVT Soft Serve Truck who serves up this taste of heaven: Vanilla & chocolate twist. Simple, but delicious.
Awesometown got a little more awesome with Food Truck Saturdays. Started earlier this year, the weekly event features a gathering of L.A. county’s best known food trucks making the trek up the 5 freeway to the SCV.
SCVFoodie finally had a chance to drop by catch the action in-person on Sept. 6 in the parking lot of Dick’s Sporting Goods (off of Carl Boyer Drive near Mountasia). The trucks in the lot were:
The Fat Pita
La Panini Grill
No Tacos, Please
Homeboy Food Truck
Burnt to a Crisp BBQ
CVT Soft Serve Ice Cream
While it was a little early for us for a dinner—the trucks are onsite from about 5 to 9 pm—we had a sweet treat from CVT Soft Serve. The truck serves up dishes or cones of vanilla, chocolate or a combo twist of soft-serve ice cream. That’s it. The ice cream is simple and delicious, and we didn’t even need to add the chocolate sprinkles because the ice cream was that tasty on its own.
We’ll definitely be back to the lot and next time will bring bigger appetites. To see what trucks are scheduled, follow Food Truck Saturdays on Twitter (@FoodTruckSat) or on Facebook.
Food Truck Saturdays Saturday Nights from 5-9 pm 26573 Carl Boyer Drive (Dick’s Sporting Goods lot) Santa Clarita, California