The Curbside Cafe

November 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Culinary Creative, Eat, San Diego Dining  |  3 Comments

The Curbside Cafe

If you’re looking for a healthy quiet meal, the Curbside Cafe might not be for you. But if you are looking for a place to bring you back to childhood memories of home cooked meals and to convene with friends, plan on staying a while.

The Curbside Cafe has been a Vista, CA anchor for many years. On Main Street next to the Avo Theatre, the Curbside Cafe is always bustling with patrons who regularly meet up with friends and family. Any given day, and especially the weekends, all the tables are filled and a line is out the door. The cafe is cozy with tables wedged into small nooks and crannies and spill out onto the sidewalk. Original pieces of art hang on the walls. Homemade pastries sit behind glass begging to be consumed. We brought home a gooey delicious cinnamon sticky bun loaded with nuts. It was the best I’ve eaten, besides the ones my sister makes.

The menu is as eclectic as the cafe itself. The breakfast menu has classic American favorites such as corned beef hash, omelette’s and steak and eggs. The regional classics are there too and I highly recommend the Huevos Rancheros. The juicy pork chops with tender breakfast potatoes and toast are my favorite and never disappoint the taste buds. If I didn’t know better, I’d think my mom was in the kitchen.
John Randall is the owner and chef. He has years of culinary experience working at such fine establishments as the Four Seasons and country clubs before opening his own restaurants in Vista. He is from New York and has loyal patrons from the East Coast who come to eat and feed their homesickness. I think we all go to the Curbside Cafe to feed our homesickness. We long for connection- for food that isn’t too fancy or expensive, where you can go and be yourself, and in a world that is ever changing,-a sense of familiarity. The Curbside Cafe offers you all these things. Go see John. He’ll give you what you came for.

The Curbside Cafe
307 Main Street
Vista, CA 92084

Tonya Saliba

Tonya Saliba has made her home in the Dakotas, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and Southern California. She now calls north San Diego County home. She is a mom to two boys, two dogs, three chickens and two fish, is a wife and Registered Nurse. Read all about her backyard barnyard on her column "Suburban Chicken,"as well as her culinary discoveries as she hikes and meanders through San Diego's backcountry.

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  • That's my kind of breakfast!! Great review. I wanna go just for steak and eggs and cinnamon roll! 🙂

    • tsalibarn

      Jenny- a trip up to North County from Metro San Diego would be worth the trouble! I'll be there on Saturday for Brunch!

  • Count me in ladies! Sounds fantastic.