New Coffee Shop Alert: Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders

May 1 update: Bodhi Leaf is now open for caffeine consumption. It took a while, but the shop finally opened on April 18. It has a great island vibe with plenty of seats and ample wifi.

We noticed a new sign going up the other day after a Saturday morning run with team Runners Lane: Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders is opening a new location in Santa Clarita.

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.

Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders
22913-1/2 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus


Dinner at Cathy’s Breakfast Cafe

Egg in a Nest at Cathy’s Deli.

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
Hours: 7 am to 3 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays,
7 am to 7 pm on Wednesdays through Sundays 

Pocock Brewing Co. Joins the SCV Beer Scene

The beer board at Pocock Brewing Co.

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 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.

Pocock Brewing Co
24907 Avenue Tibbitts, Suite B, Santa Clarita

Making Progress at The Daily Harvest

The Daily Harvest is coming to the yellow Victorian buildings in Newhall.
The Daily Harvest is coming to the yellow Victorian buildings in Newhall.

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.

Follow the cafe on Instagram (@TheDailyHarvest) to track its progress.

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.

A New BBQ Joint and Brewhouse Slated for Newhall

Dixie Brown's is slated to open in mid-August in downtown Newhall.
Dixie Brown’s is slated to open in mid-August in downtown Newhall.

SCVFoodie returned to the Newhall Refinery last week for dinner (the Refiner’s Fries, naturally), only to discover that a new brewhouse is being planned across the street.

From what we can gauge from Dixie Brown’s active Facebook page and rudimentary website, they’re slated to open in mid-August and serve up the BBQ basics. They’re also polling people for what kinds of beer they should serve up.

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

Taste of the East Coast: Dunkin’ Donuts to Open in Santa Clarita

Dunkin Donuts to open in Awesometown.
Dunkin Donuts to open in Awesometown.

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)

We caught this bit of news last week, so East Coast transplants might want to hold onto your seats: The first of several Dunkin’ Donuts is scheduled to open in the SCV at the end of July.

Yes. You read that right.

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.

We’ll let you know when it officially opens.

New Coffee Shop Alert: Honu Coffee in Newhall

Honu Coffee opened in Newhall.
Honu Coffee opened in Newhall.

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.

Until now.

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.

Monday-Thursday, 6 am to 5 pm
Friday: 6 am to 11 pm
Saturday: 7 am to 11 pm



Food Truck Saturdays in the SCV

Finally, more food options in the SCV.
Finally, more food options in the SCV.

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
  • Be Waffle
  • Burnt to a Crisp BBQ
  • CVT Soft Serve Ice Cream
  • Charbroiler-on-Fire

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

Would You Like a Little Adobo with Your Burger?

The Adobo Burger with a side of Belgian fries at The Oinkster.
The Adobo Burger with a side of Belgian fries at The Oinkster. | Photo: Christine N. Ziemba

If you happen to be at The Oinkster when you’re asked that question, then the answer should be a resounding “yes!” Trust us on this one.

SCVFoodie was at the soft opening of Andre Guerrero’s second Oinkster restaurant on Vine Street in Hollywood last month, and we were fortunate enough to choose anything on the menu to sample. After long consideration and pouring over choices that included chili burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, pastrami, we chose “the one.” [The Oinkster’s Belgian fries are just a given.]

Since Guerrero’s Filipino, we imagined that his adobo could be almost as good as our own Owa’s (SCVFoodie’s late grandmother), so we went for the Pork Adobo Burger: A Pork Patty served on a Pan De Sal Bun with House Made Pork Adobo, Garlic Aioli, and Pico de Gallo.

[Adobo refers to both the Filipino dish that can be made with chicken, pork, seafood etc., as well as the cooking process. Adobo uses vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, with the meat simmering in that mixture.]

It was amazing. The pork adobo on top of the patty was tender and slightly acidic, garlicky, but that was all perfectly balanced by the sweetness in the pan de sal bread.

Owa would be totally jealous.

And this just in: The Oinkster’s Eagle Rock location is holding its Burger Week IV from June 2-8. The week-long celebration of the burger features creations available for one day only.

The Oinkster / Hollywood
776 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90038
Sunday to Thursday: 11 am to 11 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 12 am

The Oinkster/Eagle Rock
2005 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041
Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am to 11pm

What’s on the Tilted Kilt’s Menu?

What's on the menu at the Tilted Kilt?

We were excited when we saw that a new pub—the Tilted Kilt—was opening in the Valencia Town Center. A Scottish pub would be a little different than the usual bar fare. Not that we were expecting haggis to be served anytime soon in Awesometown, but salmon and single-malts? Sure, bring it on!

Walking by last weekend, we stopped into the restaurant for a menu (above). The atmosphere wasn’t exactly what we expected—think Hooters meets Braveheart. The kilts were definitely tilted. And even though kilts are traditionally worn by men and boys of the Scottish Highlands, who cares when the girls can bring ’em in, right?

And it doesn’t matter than Ireland and Scotland are two different countries because the menu is a mix of faux Scots-Irish-American pub fare including Irish stew, shepherd’s pie and Scottish cheesesteak and chicken wings.

We haven’t tried the fare yet. We will though—if we hear the burgers are as good as Hooters.

Tilted Kilt
24300 Town Center Drive #110