|The Mayor's Place, Nipomo, CA
I was on my way to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in '07 when I decided to eschew my regular breakfast place on the drive up
(Ellen's Danish Pancake House in Buelton - really good!) to try Jockos in Nipomo (somewhere between Lompoc & San
Luis Obispo), however they weren't open for breakfast. I passed The Mayor's Place on the way to Jockos, and was
immediately taken by the sophisticated and elegant construction of the edifice. Upon seeing Jockos closed, I turned
around and headed here. Never more glad for a pleasant surprise.
What I found was a small, cozy, friendly and down-home restaurant that almost made me feel like I could stay all day. I stayed
away from the "For the Petite Appetite" section of the menu and went "whole hog" (yes, pun intended) for the "Porky Pig."
It's an omelet loaded with Linguica, ham, bacon, country sausage, and topped with cheddar cheese. I needed a good
sized breakfast - driving is hard work. The omelet was rib-stickin', mouth waterin' ye-haw good! The wait staff were courteous,
friendly, prompt and full of fun. Their B & G was quite good, with a goodly pepper "bite" in the gravy. I wanted to try their
"Nipomo beans", but I guess I'll leave that for another time. I tried to have lunch here on my return trip to LA, but sadly by
the time I got here they had closed down for the day.
I'm not sure who "The Mayor" is, but Gina Dillman is the owner/manager. Such a place makes me wish I had an Asgard
ship available so I could beam in anytime I wanted. (Yeah, so... I'm a Stargate junkie) Gina runs a tight ship. Open
Tuesdays through Saturday, from 7am to 2pm. Breakfast & lunch only. I wanna go and try their tri-tip and BBQ for lunch
this year. Located at 181 West Tefft Street. Nipomo, CA 93444 (805) 929-4575
Tell 'em you saw it on "Jerry's Good Eats."
Accessibility: A / Service: B+ / Food Quality: A / Ambiance & Cleanliness: B+ / Price/value: C+
Dotty's True Blue Café, San Fransisco
In 2007 while up in Gilroy for the Gilroy Garlic Festival, I felt a little wanderlust, so I decided to go to uncharted, no....
Unvisited (by me) territory. On Saturday, actually on my way to Napa, I had decided to have breakfast in San Francisco. I
had run across this little (really, it's small!) jewel of a restaurant on-line. The reviews were glowing, to say the least.
When I arrived, I was amazed at the availability of parking, yet the HUGE line of people waiting to get in. I figured, heck - It's Saturday
- where else could I go? - might as well wait it out. As I engaged in some playful banter with the people ahead of me (in the photo,
waving at me), and later behind me, I learned two interesting facts: 1. With the line up this long (approx. 40 people), the wait would
be about 1 hour. 2. Yes, the food was indeed worth the wait. However I lucked out! As my new friends told me (they were regulars
here), many time a single seat opens up, and the host/hostess will come out and ask if there are "singles" in the line. Yahoo! I'm in.
The really nice folks ahead of me were sadly still in line (but closer) as I take my photo after I'm done with my breakfast.
From what I was told there was at one time a "Dottie", but Kurt Abney is now the one in charge. After a little light reading, their menu
- I decided on "The Open Road." Since I still had about 100 miles ahead of me, it seemed right. Kurt does French toast the way it
should be do - but then he "kicks it up a notch." He uses thick egg bread, and allows it to have a nice long bath in egg. The eggs
really permeate the bread, and Kurt helps it by docking the bread with a fork. After cooking a while on the griddle, he sprinkles,...
no, he dumps a lot of cinnamon sugar on the upside, turns it over and cooks it some more. What you end up with is almost like the
melted sugar on a creme brulee...YUM! Dottie's menu, while not large has enough variety to keep 'em coming back. I really wanted
to try Dottie's "Famous Pancakes." Maybe next time. For lunch, Dottie's has a nice eclectic mix of sandwiches and salads. Grilled
fresh mozzarella, olive tapenade & oven roasted tomato sandwich caught my eye.
Open Wed-Mon 7:30am - 3pm, at 522 Jones Street. (415) 885-2767 They accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover.
Based upon my first experience, I LOVE IT! I can't wait 'til my next trip up north.
Tell 'em you saw it on "Jerry's Good Eats."
Accessibility: B / Service: B / Food Quality: A / Ambiance & Cleanliness: B+ / Price/value: B
Way Station Coffee Shop, Newhall, CA
While trying a different route to Gilroy in '08, (The Five - not the 101) I realized that there wasn't a lot of "good eats" north of the Grapevine. I happened
upon this little diner in Newhall, before going up the "grade." Located at 24377 San Fernando Rd Newhall, CA 91321 Phone: (661) 255-0222 Here's my view
from the counter: I never did count all of the license plates, but the one from Antarctica looked authentic to me.
I won't comment on the food much - it was pretty basic coffee shop chow: reasonably priced, good quantity, and good quality. I had biscuits & gravy,
scrambled eggs, hash browns and toast. It filled me up 'til I got up to Gilroy. I liked the friendly, small-town feeling. Many of the customers were greeted by
name, and didn't need a menu. i heard that the chili burgers here are tops! Well... There's always next time. Open 7 Days,Monday-Friday 5am-2pm, Saturday &
Sunday 6am-3pm. I'm glad I was here on a Thursday - I hear on weekends the line to get in goes out the back and around the parking lot.
Accessibility: C+ / Service: B+ / Food Quality: B- / Ambiance & Cleanliness: B+ / Price/value: B+