In Carlsbad’s quaint village “The Happy Seniors” discovered a new eating establishment, The Shorehouse Kitchen, on State Street/Grand adjacent to the cities beautiful corner fountain and free parking lot. A beautiful indoor and outdoor seating restaurant among flowered trellises and succulents in pots.
We were welcomed with a friendly smile from guest host Megan and choose outdoor seating in the garden like area. First, coffee for Gary and Tea for Nancy. Their coffee baristas serve over 28 coffee combinations from Espresso to Mochas. Calabria Coffee Roasters of San Diego provides a choice of Sumatran African and Guatemalan Central American coffee beans. Although not a coffee drinker, Nancy “perked” up when she heard about the Calabria coffee brewers because her fraternal grandparents immigrated from the Southern Calabrian town of Pianopoli in Southern Italy in the early 1900’s. But, if you’re a tea sipper, a plethora of every Black, Green, White and Herbal teas you can imagine are on the tea list.
Our breakfast included a freshly juiced glass of Valencia Oranges. The eggs benedict dish and its superb hollandaise sauce almost brought tears to Nancy’s eyes. Served with free-range veggie –fed brown eggs from Eben-Haezer Poultry Ranch. Warm buttermilk Pancakes was complete with 100% pure Vermont Maple Syrup flowing over pancakes or French Toast.
Bread, well, it’s delivered daily from Bread & Cie Bakery of San Diego and local Prager’s bakery. Who can refuse hot buttered toast?
If your “best friend” joins you for breakfast or lunch, The Shorehouse Kitchen has a separate Doggie Menu. In the front of the restaurant is a dog house; what dog can turn down a tasty lunch a short nap to rest those aching paws, and a cool sip of customer requested reverse osmosis water. The K-9’s menu favorites are; “The Treat” with tasty honey cured bacon bits, or maybe “The Brunch Bark Bowl” with free-range scrambled eggs with honey-cured bacon, or “The California K-9” with grilled and sliced chicken breast topped with scrambled egg whites. Sorry people, only dogs can order off this menu!
In the rear of the restaurant are disability parking areas and a handy ramp leading to the seating area for those needing a little extra assistance.
Amtrac and the Coaster stops in Carlsbad just across from the cities free parking lot. This arrangement makes a perfect spot to have breakfast or lunch at Shorehouse Kitchen before hopping the rails. Here’s a fun idea, how about taking a 30-minute Amtrac round trip to San Juan Capistrano for the day? Stroll through the historical Rio’s area adjacent to the railroad station, and the historical homes converted into restaurants/gift shops. Few realize that the Rio’s area is the oldest continuous lived in town in California.