The Ramos House Cafe

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www.ramoshouse.com

 

If you are looking for a fun brunch spot on the weekend or just want an interesting weekday breakfast/lunch with a southern charm twist then go to the Ramos House Café in San Juan Capistrano.  The restaurant is located in the heart of the Los Rios Historic District which is the oldest remaining residential street in California dating back to 1794.  The Ramos House was built during 1800’s and was purchased in 1994 by Chef John Q. Humphreys.  He preserved the majority of the original structure and turned it into his residence and a charming café in October of that same year.  

Upon arrival you feel like you have stepped back in time with its historic charm and the train stop next door.  All restaurant seating is on the patio under a Mulberry tree that is over 100 years old. Heaters are available and blankets are draped over the chairs in case you get chilly.  

Their herbs are grown on the premises and the produce is primarily organic and locally grown.  The seafood they serve is either wild-caught or sustainably raised.  The eggs they serve are organic and the chicken they use has no antibiotics/hormones and is free-range.     

Weekday menu items range from $12 to $20 and the brunch price is $40 per person for three courses plus a drink.  

My favorite item on the menu is the veggie hash with an organic egg.  The ingredients change with the season but mine included asparagus, carrots and potatoes all mixed in a pesto sauce, stacked then topped with a fried, organic, poached egg and citrus cream on top.  All dishes are served with their signature biscuit and homemade apple butter.  If you want a treat then try their famous beignets.  We at Thrive & Dine believe in the 90/10 rule so if you want to splurge, these beignets are sure worth it.  

It is a bit pricey but I think, in part, you are paying for the atmosphere.  You could definitely make an afternoon out of it with the mission, a petting zoo and several quaint shops all within walking distance.  Just don't mind the passing train, which can be a bit noisy, but adds to the charm.  Even better is when you can hear the mission bells ringing while enjoying a Ramos House famous Bloody Mary.