The Search for “Our Breakfast Place”

Breakfast in our house is just a meal that we do because we should. The standards are a bowl of cereal, hot or cold; maybe some yogurt and fruit; an occasional omelet if somebody feels like cooking. Since we are often on different schedules, it is also a meal that each of us may eat alone, rushed, sometimes even standing up.

Breakfast eaten out, on the other hand, is one of life’s greatest indulgences. Every time we get to a new town, the hunt for “our breakfast place” starts. Asking around, we heard lots of different opinions about the best place to eat.

One of the places that came highly recommended was the Village Coffee Stop Café in Vandenberg Village. From the very first time we went to the Café, we have been greeted with a “Welcome! Come on in – we’re glad you’re here!” attitude. That’s a promising start, but of course, all the warmth in the world is not enough. It’s also about the food.

The food – OH, MY!

I generally have the Breakfast “Stop” Burrito – a huge tortilla filled with egg, cheese, ham, sausage, bacon and hash browns. When I say huge, I mean HUGE! Just half of the burrito is bigger than my coffee cup!  I always get to have leftovers for breakfast the next day. I also have my hash browns on the side instead of inside. They know how to make them that perfect degree of crispiness – yum!

Breakfast "Stop" Burrito

Breakfast “Stop” Burrito

Hubby’s breakfast of choice is the Special Chicken Fried Steak and eggs. It’s not on the menu, but is often on the Specials board outside. Now, he’s from Texas, so you know he has eaten his share of chicken fried steak. When he says that it is some of the best he’s ever tasted, you can take that to the bank! The gravy is what makes it special. It’s filled with huge chunks of sausage and is deliciously creamy. The steak is crispy and seasoned just right. With a side of potato chunks cooked with onions and sweet red or orange peppers, this breakfast makes him a happy camper!

Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs

Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs

We’ve tried other things, including the special Tri-Tip omelet (which is A-MAZ-ING) and the biscuits and gravy (with that same awesome sausage gravy that’s on the chicken fried steak), and have never been disappointed. The Café has become a regular Sunday destination for us. Now that we’ve been going for a while, we are even fortunate enough to get hugs from the owners as part of their greeting. Within just a few months, this place already feels like home.

Another place that lots of people mentioned was the Cajun Kitchen. My ears perked up on this one. As someone born and raised in the South, this sounded like it just might have my kind of comfort food.

The Cajun Kitchen is not as small as the Café, so the immediate personal connection wasn’t there. However, it didn’t take long for the friendly staff to make us feel like “one of the regulars.” In fact, after only a few visits, one of the staff was teasing me about not sitting in my regular table!

I was excited from the very first glance at the menu here. One word – beignets! Crispy, crunchy little bits of fried dough, covered in powdered sugar are a treat unlike any other. Cajun Kitchen does them right! Although you can get them covered in fruit and whipped cream, I prefer plain. They are so delectable, they need no adornment. I confess – I get them as an appetizer.

Beignets

Beignets

When it comes to the rest of breakfast, there are certain things that are a requirement of a typical Southern breakfast – grits and biscuits. I’m always nervous about ordering grits in a restaurant as many of them try to pass off instant grits as acceptable. Let me tell you – Cajun Kitchen’s grits are definitely not instant. They are that wonderful thick, creamy consistency that Momma made. And the portion is not that little bit in a tiny bowl that is just enough to tick you off – it’s a nice, big bowl of buttery grits!

Grits (and Scott's Omelet)

Grits (and Scott’s Omelet)

Then, there’s the biscuits. The first time we saw a plate come out of the kitchen with one on it, we thought someone had ordered a piece of cake for breakfast. I kid you not – the size of the biscuits makes them look like a huge chunk of cake! Southerners sometimes refer to biscuits as “cathead biscuits” – because the perfect size of a biscuit is about the size of a cat’s head. Someone must have been looking at one of the wildcats that roam the mountains around here when they were measuring these for size!

Biscuit - Mountain Lion Size!

Biscuit – Mountain Lion Size!

Cajun Kitchen offers a variety of unique Cajun fare – jambalaya and eggs, eggs with Bourbon Street chili, shrimp and Andouille grits. We haven’t tried them all yet, but so far, everything we’ve had has been excellent!

We’ve tried a few other places (and are open to trying more), but it looks like these two are the contenders for “our place.” Each one of them has the important boxes checked on our invisible checklist – great food, homey atmosphere, and people that genuinely make us feel welcome and cared for. Isn’t it awesome that we don’t have to choose just one!

What is your favorite breakfast place?

Odette

Odette

Odette is a 50+ optimist that is still discovering new things in life that excite her. After many years of admin work and teaching adult computer classes, blogging seemed to be a new frontier to explore.

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Odette is a 50+ optimist that is still discovering new things in life that excite her. After many years of admin work and teaching adult computer classes, blogging seemed to be a new frontier to explore. AVAILABLE FOR TUTORING: "I have 10+ years experience teaching computer skills. My students have included novices who have never turned on a computer, seniors who want to join the technical age, experienced users who need to learn the tricks to becoming a Microsoft Office power user. If you live in the Lompoc, CA area and are interested in private tutoring, feel free to contact me at aobradshawsheeley@comcast.net."
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2 Responses to The Search for “Our Breakfast Place”

  1. Faith says:

    Looks wonderful! I am going to try a breakfast burrito soon:) I cant believe I live so close to the Village Coffee Shop yet have never stopped!

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