a perfect trifecta; right in our backyards

What A Dish Cafe and Catering…sweet, salty and sour, creating the divine balance in every meal

The restaurant, a hidden gem and a stone’s throw from the Dana Point Harbor, is a perfect setting for total enjoyment and family owned for over a decade. Jordan Richey is at the helm and leads with a total feeling of love for every customer. “99% of our customer base is women, Richey said.”

The restaurant’s popularity is based on a dynamic menu offering breakfast and lunch with inspired plates and those your pallet will remember forever. The finest and purest ingredients are side by side in every dish and made to order. “Our customers come back over and over again. We treat each person with special care and welcome them on a first name basis, Richey said.”

I indulged with the Kaui Benedict, served on a delicate muffin, layered with a spread of avocado mash topped with arugula, several slices of rare seared sesame ahi and a perfect poached egg. There was magic to the flavor with the creative toppings of wasabi powder and smoked paprika, a mouth dropping masterpiece. On the sweeter side of the palette, they had a special of the day which was the Goat Cheese Tartine served with fresh strawberries, a true delight.

What A Dish serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week and I’m sure your pallet will thank you for the experience.


Hummingbird House Cafe…….a San Juan Capistrano favorite

Located in the quaint Los Rios Historic District originally known as “The Combs House.” The house moved to the area in 1878 from Forster, an abandoned boom town.

The restaurant is situated among a garden of trees, inviting flowers attracting the hummingbirds’ and a feeling of being in the countryside. On any given day, you’ll surely see guests enjoying this inviting environment. It’s just a perfect spot for enjoying a great meal, wonderful conversations, sipping on your favorite beverage and that special sound of visitors arriving by train.

The restaurant is family-owned and native to Bulgaria. The menu offers family recipes with Mediterranean and American style cooking. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. Favorite selections are the sweet crepes with organic assorted fruit and Mediterranean crepes with a collection of toppings.

The Greek, Shopska, hummingbird and Caesar salads are among the ladies favorite. Baklava, Galaktoboureko, and Tiramisu are loved desserts and homemade.

On a special note, you can bring your own bottles wine, champagne or beer with no corking fee.


Cafe Hermosa…a San Clemente family affair

Bragging rights are certainly in order for this charming neighborhood cafe. Jamie and Joe Madison created an enlightened dining experience offering breakfast and lunch featuring healthy and organic choices adorned in a clean cozy environment. This is the way of the new world of eating.

Everything on the menu is made from scratch and especially for you. The creative juices really flowed when Madison’s made their menu selections. It’s a hard decision when viewing the offerings and I might suggest sharing just for the tastings. The mouthwatering salad selections are served up with abundance. I decided on the Chinese Chicken, piled high with iceberg lettuce, wontons, Mandarin oranges, red cabbage, almonds, sesame seeds, carrots, scallions and drizzled with a savory sesame dressing; just so delicate and delicious! I added a slice of homemade Vegan coffee cake with flavors to die for and a Vanilla Lavender Latte. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

The tables are filled with happy conversations with people of all ages especially enjoying the picturesque bountiful plates of selected menu items. “Our afternoons are filled with high school kids who love the food and enjoy our outdoor patio dining. Our weekends are filled with families who are excited to treat their children to healthy choices. During many weekday lunches, we serve over 200 salads choices, Jamie said.”