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 email@example.com
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
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 323.536.9248 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 323.255.6465 Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 10pm Friday & Saturday: 11am to 11pm
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.
24300 Town Center Drive #110
Last week, I talked about how much I enjoy going to the Coffee House on Lyons Ave. One driver either was in a hurry to get an espresso or wanted to create a drive-thru for the Coffee House. Here are the results:
In all seriousness, it’s a scary video and we’re just happy to say that no one was injured. And contrary to previous reports in the local SCV news, the shop is NOT closing for two weeks to undergo repairs.