If you are traveling in Southern California, at or near San Juan Capistrano there is a MUST STOP place to relax and enjoy, especially the food. My sister introduced me to this wonderful Cafe and now I have a favorite place to brunch!
"The idea of the Ramos House is simple. Like the old days, it's owner lives and works at the house. The wines are kept in the cellar, the herbs are grown in the garden and the ice cream is turned out back. The menu changes daily and everything is made from scratch."
Welcome to my home-John Q
31752 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
As we entered the garden patio this framed "welcome" greeted us. I loved it! I'm not sure if my cell phone snapping pictures was what "Q" was referring to as nonsense but I'm hoping he doesn't mind my adoration of his place.
The small patio retreat was enchanting. A small, very-much-at-home cat meandered through the tables as if to remind us that we were just visiting.
So many interesting and clever pieces adorned the patio. A very large downspout hung from the top of the metal roof to the floor and made it's way into a little stream patio side. Evidently when it rains the metal roof sings a very exuberant song. Large worn cabinets filled with potted herbs and greenery framed the walls.
Tin shaped covers for overhead lighting offered a soft glow.
The shiny wood tables were simply set with a chilled water carafe, lime slices in mason jars and a potted herb.
Great, fresh choices on the menu.
The pleasant server suggested we begin our brunch with a plate of Apple Cinnamon Beignets. It was a very good choice! It was the kind of bite that melts in your mouth-good.
My sister and I shared another delectable dish, Smoked Bacon Scramble w/Rocket & Apple Fried Potatoes. The presentation was beautiful and our taste buds were delighted.
We were also treated to a Buttermilk Biscuit w/Apple Butter. Flaky, buttery and large enough to share. Good thing we were sharing because the food portions were quite generous.
At the end of our dining experience the bill was presented in a vintage looking leather bound booklet. We were so excited about the "look" that we almost forgot to pay the very reasonable bill.
After brunch we meandered (like the cat) out of the patio into ole time San Juan Capistrano. The cobble stone pathways and soft dirt roads made for a nice little stroll. Quaint Spanish style shops offered fun and interesting gifts to purchase, like this clever, funny card. The picture kind of reminded me of our mom. I wonder if she does diddly squats.
We decided that Los Rios Street, and especially The Ramos House Cafe was definitely a place we wanted to visit again, and again.
Thank you Carri. I loved our little outing.